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Checkpoint is RNZ’s weekday drive-time news programme. Our multi-media show broadcasts on 101FM, and you can also watch it live on our website, Freeview Channel 50 and Face TV on Sky Channel 083. Hosted by Lisa Owen.

Checkpoint is RNZ’s weekday drive-time news programme. Our multi-media show broadcasts on 101FM, and you can also watch it live on our website, Freeview Channel 50 and Face TV on Sky Channel 083. Hosted by Lisa Owen.


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Checkpoint is RNZ’s weekday drive-time news programme. Our multi-media show broadcasts on 101FM, and you can also watch it live on our website, Freeview Channel 50 and Face TV on Sky Channel 083. Hosted by Lisa Owen.




Abuse led to a lifetime of anger, survivor tells Royal Commission

An angry kid, to an angry youth and then angry adult sums up the life of abuse survivor, Leota Scanlon. He's fronted up to the Royal Commission into Abuse in Care's Pacific hearing in South Auckland. Our reporter, Andrew McRae is at the hearing.


Luuka Jones through to canoe slalom finals - latest from Tokyo

In Tokyo, white water paddler Luuka Jones is on her way to the finals after just completing a strong run in the semi-finals of the K1 women's canoe slalom event. Jones won silver at the Rio de Janeiro Games and is hoping to add to her Olympic medal haul. Our reporter Maja Burry joins us from outside the canoe slalom centre in Tokyo.


Long road ahead in Buller clean-up after floods

It has been an emotional day for some West Coast residents, as it becomes clear hundreds of people will be forced into long-term accommodation, or will have to move altogether - after devastating floods just over a week ago. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was with West Coast MP and Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor in flood-hit Westport today, where at least 100 homes have been deemed unlivable. It proved overwhelming for some - with authorities warning of a long clean-up ahead. Samantha...


Principals, teachers, back cultural training to cut racism in education

Principals and teachers say training teachers to stamp out racism is essential for improving the school system. They say some teachers find the lessons confronting. Cultural capability is one of three priorities for teacher training this year, and the Education Ministry is also rolling out Te Hurihanganui, a $48 million scheme billed as a game-changer for the way schools work. Here's our education correspondent, John Gerritsen.


Police Association boss congratulates jury in Epiha trial

Cop killer Eli Epiha did try to kill a second officer the day he shot dead Constable Matthew Hunt, according to a jury at his High Court trial. The jury has found him guilty of the attempted murder of Constable David Goldfinch - who he shot four times on a street in west Auckland last year. Outside court Matthew Hunt's mother Diane Hunt said it has been harrowing listening to the evidence in the past two weeks. Police Association boss Chris Cahill tells Lisa Owen he congratulates the jury on...


Fiji Covid-19 crisis: Nearly 1,300 cases in past 24 hours

The suffering continues in Fiji as Covid-19 cases soar amid its worsening health crisis. Close to 1,300 cases have been recorded in the last 24 hours, resulting in new curfew hours for the nation's main island of Viti Levu. It comes as Jacinda Ardern says she cannot influence the Fijian government to go into a lockdown. Eleisha Foon has the details.


'Nerves running high' - Luuka Jones' mother watching Olympics

Luuka Jones is hitting the white water in the semifinals of the canoe slalom at the Tokyo Games. Before heading off, Luuka had to farm out her beloved chickens to some happy homes to make sure they're well cared for while she's away. Luuka's mum Denise joins Lisa Owen from the Bay of Plenty.


Evening business for 27 July 2021

News from the business sector, including a market report. [embed]


Smelly issue: Two different rubbish systems divide Auckland

It has been more than 10 years since Auckland became a super city. But there is one smelly issue that still divides the city - rubbish collection. Residents in several pockets of the city have to buy bin tags for collection day. The rest do not. One city, two rules. But why? Checkpoint reporter Louise Ternouth and cameraman Nick Monro hit the streets on rubbish day to get the skinny on the big stink.


Australia 'will stand to account' on Aden case - Andrew Little

A senior Cabinet minister expects Australia will be held to account on the international stage for its treatment of terror suspect Suhayra Aden. Aden and her two children will be deported to New Zealand from Turkey, where they've been held in detention since February. The case became New Zealand's responsibility after Australia stripped Aden of her citizenship without warning. Now the National Party is questioning whether the legislation that allowed Australia to so should be introduced...


MIQ exemption for Wallabies disappointing for businesses - exporter

A free pass for the Wallabies - the team has been granted an economic exemption to come to New Zealand for the Bledisloe Cup. But they need to be here by Friday to avoid MIQ. The trans-Tasman bubble is frozen for at least two months. New Zealanders have the same window to come back, with anyone returning from NSW required to go into managed isolation. The Wallabies will avoid that because they've basically been in their own bubble in Queensland, and will fly here on charter. The government...


Police killer Epiha also guilty attempted murder of other officer

Police killer Eli Epiha has been found guilty of the attempted murder of another officer, Constable David Goldfinch. Epiha pleaded guilty to the murder of Constable Matthew Hunt, who he shot dead in a West Auckland street in June last year. He denied the four shots he fired at Constable Goldfinch we designed to kill him. Today, a jury found him guilty. RNZ reporter Katie Todd has been covering the case and joins Lisa Owen in the studio.


Amid Covid-19 crisis, Fiji politicians arrested for criticising govt

Fiji's opposition leader says he won't be intimidated or silenced for criticising government over a land bill. At least seven politicians were arrested and taken into custody and questioned by police, for criticising government moves to amend land legislation. It comes as the country faces a challenging period in battling Covid-19 with rising numbers of cases and deaths. Eleisha Foon has more.


No Covid-19 cases in Taranaki after virus found in wastewater

Taranaki appears to have dodged another Covid-19 bullet - with no cases found after the virus was detected in New Plymouth wastewater. But locals aren't taking anything for granted with hundreds turning up to be tested at clinics across the province. Our Taranaki Whanganui reporter Robin Martin has more.


NZers face anxious wait for extra lifeline flights from NSW

The government is looking at rejigging MIQ so it can make space for more people coming back from New South Wales. New Zealanders in Australia have until Friday to get on a flight back, before the trans-Tasman bubble fully closes for at least two months. Many already have, but some are still stuck in New South Wales with no route home because MIQ is full. Our political reporter Anneke Smith has more.


'We hope she has a chance to rebuild her life' - Inclusive Aotearoa Collective

A New Zealander with links to terrorist group Islamic State is returning from home from Turkey with her two young children, after the government signed off on her "managed return". But there are no details of what that means or what if any restrictions could be placed on her. Suhayra Aden's been in custody in Turkey since illegally trying to cross the border from Syria, with Turkish authorities identifying her as a terrorist. She was a dual New Zealand-Australian citizen, having moved there...


Crowds young and old celebrate Black Caps in Whangārei

The Black Caps and their World Test Cricket Championship mace started a trip to all corners of the country today. Team members are going all the way to Bluff with the silverware this week. Tim Southee, Ajaz Patel and Will Somerville kicked off the tour with a visit to Whangārei this morning. And as Sam Olley reports, hundreds were there.


Olympics: The latest from Tokyo

New Zealand is on the medal board at Tokyo, with a bronze for triathlete Hayden Wilde. 17-year-old Dunedin student Erika Fairweather made the final of the 400 metres freestyle, but missed out on the podium, finishing eighth. Our reporter Clay Wilson is at Tokyo Stadium and joins us with the latest details.


Unemployment looms as Marsden Pt oil refinery winds down

Northland's jobless rate could be set to skyrocket as one of the region's biggest employers winds down. Workers at the Marsden Point oil refinery are bracing for hundreds of jobs to go next year, when the terminal is expected to move towards imports only. A shareholder meeting to decide the refinery's fate is being held next Friday. The government says it is involved with talks to help affected staff, but those workers say they feel forgotten. Nita Blake-Persen reports.


Woman with suspected IS links returning to NZ wants privacy - lawyer Deborah Manning

The lawyer for a terror suspect with links to Islamic State wont say if the woman will be monitored or subject to special restrictions when she arrives back in New Zealand with her two young children. Suhayra Aden has been in custody in Turkey since illegally trying to cross the border from Syria. The government has confirmed her "managed return" here, but has provided very few specific details. Suhayra Aden had dual New Zealand-Australian citizen, but Australia canned her citizenship,...