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Whether you’re busy at home or work, or commuting, Checkpoint brings you the latest news plus the wrap on events through the day. Host, Mary Wilson, backgrounds the issues and seeks answers from the newsmakers.

Whether you’re busy at home or work, or commuting, Checkpoint brings you the latest news plus the wrap on events through the day. Host, Mary Wilson, backgrounds the issues and seeks answers from the newsmakers.
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Wellington, New Zealand

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Whether you’re busy at home or work, or commuting, Checkpoint brings you the latest news plus the wrap on events through the day. Host, Mary Wilson, backgrounds the issues and seeks answers from the newsmakers.

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English


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Queenstown locals face homelessness as development begins

9/17/2019
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Residents at a Queenstown campsite are facing homelessness as they're kicked out to make way for a billion dollar development. The Queenstown Council owned cabins at the former Lakeview Camp Ground have been home to many low-wage and migrant workers for years. But those homes are due to be vacated next month, for a billion-dollar development - leaving many with no option but to leave town, or become homeless. RNZ Otago-Southland reporter Timothy Brown went along to visit those living at the...

Duration:00:05:01

Rugby World Cup - An All Black insight into Japan

9/17/2019
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The Rugby World Cup will be held in Asia for the first time this year, and the Japan tournament should be unique, with fans and supporters from around the world set to soak up all the land of the rising sun has to offer. It's the first time the Cup has been outside the traditional nations such as New Zealand and England so what can those travelling to watch the tournament expect? Rugby reporter Joe Porter caught up with 2011 World Cup winner Cory Jane, who spent two seasons playing in Tokyo...

Duration:00:03:57

Fire guts classrooms at Christchurch school

9/17/2019
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A fire that destroyed four classrooms in Christchurch this morning has left 120 students without a place to learn. Firefighters put their lives on the line to protect an administration block at Russley School, crawling with fire hoses on the floor inside the burning building. They managed to bring the blaze under control within 30 minutes, but the principal is now trying to work out where to put the students. Conan Young reports

Duration:00:03:00

Investment promised after critical Auckland fuel supply report

9/17/2019
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Fuel companies say they're ready to pump big bucks into more storage in the wake of a critical report into the failure of Auckland's fuel supply. Planes at Auckland Airport were grounded for 10 days and some petrol stations ran dry after the pipeline from Marsden Point ruptured two years ago. A government inquiry has found failings in investment and planning exacerbated fuel shortages, urging BP, Mobil and Z Energy to invest in more infrastructure. Tom Furley reports.

Duration:00:03:24

Ardern to lobby Trump on aluminium, steel tariffs

9/17/2019
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The Prime Minister says she'll lobby US President Donald Trump to lift aluminium and steel tariffs when she sits down with him next week. The world leaders will hold official bilateral discussions in New York next Monday in their first formal meeting. Jacinda Ardern described her relationship with Mr Trump as 'good' and told media this afternoon she's looking forward to their meeting.

Duration:00:01:53

Visa changes to help end exploitation - Immigration Minister

9/17/2019
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The Immigration Minister believes a suite of visa changes for overseas workers will help stamp out exploitation. The government revealed on Tuesday that six temporary work visas are being replaced with one new visa. Employers will all have to register to recruit overseas workers - to ensure they meet minimum standards. And labour hire companies will face even more scrutiny. Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway tells Lisa Owen poor treatment of migrant workers remains a big problem.

Duration:00:08:14

Fiji deaths: Survivor's mother relieved at man's murder charge

9/17/2019
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The mother of the sole survivor of a mysterious and deadly poisoning tragedy in Fiji says she's relieved that a man known to the family has been charged with murder. Sangeeta Devi's one year old baby was found last month in a remote part of the rural interior of Fiji, crawling among her dead relatives. They had been caring for her while Ms Devi was in Australia. Ms Devi's parents, her sister and her two nieces died from drinking a poisonous liquid found at the scene. Sixy-two-year-old...

Duration:00:05:12

Gisborne iwi refuse to hold powhiri for Endeavour replica

9/17/2019
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Four major iwi in Gisborne are refusing to hold a powhiri for a fleet of tall ships, including a replica of Captain Cook's Endeavour, when it arrives in Poverty bay next month. The vessels are set to sail around the country as part of Tuia 250, a national commemoration marking 250 years since Cook's arrival in Aotearoa. The move comes after Far North iwi Ngati Kahu banned the fleet from landing in Mangonui. Te Aniwa Hurihanganui reports.

Duration:00:03:21

Murder accused told police victim was 'like a sister'

9/17/2019
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WARNING: THIS STORY INCLUDES DISTURBING CONTENT A woman accused of murdering Dimetrius Pairama told police she loved the Auckland teenager and tried to save her the night she died. Miss Pairama's body was found in a steel drum at an abandoned state house in Mangere last July. Toko (Ashley) Shane Winter and Kerry Te Amo are on trial in the High Court at Auckland accused of murdering the 17-year-old. RNZ court reporter Anneke Smith filed this report.

Duration:00:03:19

Silver Fern farms welcomes work visa changes

9/17/2019
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The meat industry in New Zealand says it is currently 2000 workers short, and is hoping the government's work visa changes will help fill those gaps with overseas workers. The latest changes will mean in the regions the requirement to look for a local worker first will be ditched for some jobs. Some workers in lower income positions will be able to bring their families with them. And industry specific agreements will be negotiated with sectors highly reliant on migrant workers, including the...

Duration:00:07:33

Employers welcome foreign worker visa changes

9/17/2019
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Employers are welcoming a streamlined visa process for hiring foreign workers, and say it'll help them fill critical labour gaps where New Zealanders are not available. The government has outlined changes to employer-assisted temporary work visas, which is where the company's tried and failed to find an appropriate New Zealander and looks overseas. The government says it'll benefit at least 25,000 businesses by making it easier to employ foreign workers in the short term. But the changes...

Duration:00:04:01

Labour assault claims saga ongoing as Ardern heads overseas

9/17/2019
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The controversy over sexual assault allegations is still swirling around the Prime Minister as she departs for a two week trip overseas on Tuesday night. However a confirmed meeting between US President Donald Trump and Jacinda Ardern when she's at the United Nations in New York provided some distraction. Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has launched into the scandal - fresh from a month's medical leave from Parliament - describing the events as a "disgraceful orgy of speculation and...

Duration:00:03:55

Two petrol stations, 2km apart, but a 33c price difference

9/17/2019
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While you might be bracing yourself for price hikes at the fuel pump, it could also mean you'll soon be paying more for basic food supplies. Global oil prices have increased as supplies have been cut in the wake of the drone attacks on facilities in Saudi Arabia on Saturday - those attacks sabotaged about half of New Zealand's production capability. New Zealand freight carriers are standing by for the impact, and are warning that the cost of food and goods is likely to rise as fuel price...

Duration:00:07:19

Ngāti Kahu bans Endeavour replica from Mangonui docking

9/16/2019
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The far North iwi Ngāti Kahu has banned a replica of Captain Cook's ship the Endeavour from docking in Mangonui as part of a national commemoration marking 250 years since Cook's arrival. The site was included in the Tuia 250 programme, as one of several stop-off destinations for a fleet of ships set to voyage around the country. Te Aniwa Hurihanganui reports.

Duration:00:03:17

Jury to decide on authenticity of accused killer's confession

9/16/2019
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A jury will have to decide whether a confession from accused killer David Lyttle was genuine or not. Appearing in the Wellington High Court 11 months after his previous trial was called off, Mr Lyttle is accused of killing Whanganui man Brett Hall in May 2011. His body has never been found. Ben Strang reports.

Duration:00:03:35

Mental Health Foundation criticises gun law changes

9/16/2019
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Creating a boogey man and stigimatising people living with mental illness. That's the Mental Health Foundation's verdict on a proposal to include a mental health clause in proposed changes to gun laws. It would require doctors to report people to the police if they think they're unfit to have a firearms licence or use guns due to their mental health. Police Minister Stuart Nash doesn't believe the proposed law changes will stigmatise those with mental health issues. But Sophia Graham from...

Duration:00:06:23

Independent review to look at Labour Party assaults fiasco

9/16/2019
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The scrutiny of Labour Party officials, and potentially Prime Ministerial staff and Ministers, over the sexual assault allegations has been broadened. The Prime Minister has outlined a further review, to be carried out by an independent third party, as she continues to deal with the fallout of the scandal. But the terms of reference, and potentially the resulting reports, won't be made public. Jacinda Ardern has been under fire for how party officials and senior politicians have responded to...

Duration:00:03:46

Fiji deaths - NZer faces multiple charges in court

9/16/2019
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Huge crowds gathered in Fiji at the Nadi Magistrates Court after police charged a man with the murder of five family members, whose deaths a fortnight ago are shrouded in mystery. The bodies of Nirmal Kumar, his wife Usha Devi, their adult daughter and two granddaughters were found last month in the Nausori Highlands after they went missing. A distraught baby girl was found nearby on a cliff edge, more than 30 kilometres from where their car was left. Jenny Meyer has the story.

Duration:00:04:13

Petrol prices to rise following Saudi attacks - importer

9/16/2019
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Fuel importers have confirmed there will be price-hikes at the petrol pump within a week, following the weekend attack on an oil plant in Saudi Arabia. Global oil prices have jumped by 18 percent after the attack which sabotaged about half of Saudi Arabia's crude processing. New Zealand retailers have suggested prices here might rise between 5 and 10 cents a litre. Amy Williams reports.

Duration:00:03:42

Lawyers welcome class action in Southern Response test case

9/16/2019
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A court decision that means thousand of home owners battling Southern Response will automatically be clumped together in a class action is being applauded by lawyers taking the test cast. Christchurch couple Colleen and Brendan Ross believe they were deceived into accepting a lower settlement offer from Southern Response. Their situation is being used as a test case against the insurer. But it is believed up to 3,000 other quake-damaged home owners could be a similar situation - meaning...

Duration:00:05:47