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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.




Auckland's Future Now - how does the city recover from Covid-19?

New Zealand's Covid-19 crown is slipping - and we're running out of time to make the most of it. That's what Sir Peter Gluckman told a business conference in Auckland today - where the vaccine rollout and attracting high skilled workers was discussed. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern also spoke at the event called Auckland's Future Now, which also saw discussion on how the city can navigate the economic challenges of the pandemic. Our reporter Jean Bell was there.


Half-year wait for supplies and it's getting worse, builders warn

Builders are having to wait nearly half a year to get supplies and say it's getting worse. It's putting strain on finishing projects, at a time when New Zealand desperately need more homes. Our reporter Tom Kitchin has more.


Huge need for EVs if NZ is to meet emissions targets

At least one in five New Zealanders need to be driving an electric car in the next 15 years, and almost all buses and thousands of trucks need to run on batteries, if we're to meet our emissions targets. And as much as possible - people need to get out of their cars completely. The Minister of Transport warns if New Zealand does not move quickly, it risks becoming a dumping ground for other countries' dirty vehicles. Ella Stewart reports.


Rugby Players Association accused of sabotage over Forsyth Barr offer

Allegations of sabotage, half-baked ideas, shameful distractions and leading the public down the proverbial garden path. Some provincial rugby unions and New Zealand Rugby have hit out hard at a proposal being floated by the Players Association as an alternative to the Silverlake deal - the Silverlake deal would see the US equity firm buy 12.5 percent of NZR's commercial rights for about $400 million. The player's plan, backed by investment firm Forsyth Barr, could see a smaller 5 percent...


Super Rugby: Highlanders vs Reds - latest from Dunedin

To Dunedin, where trans-Tasman Super Rugby will make a return for the first time since mid-March last year when the season was canned due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Tonight the Highlanders host the Queensland Reds under the roof at Forsyth Barr Stadium. Our Otago-Southland reporter Timothy Brown is at the ground and joins Lisa Owen with the details.


Home detention for man over attempted murder in suicide pact

An 82 year old Matamata man has been given home detention over the attempted murder of his wife in a suicide pact. Roy Morton pleaded guilty in the High Court in Hamilton and has been sentenced to four-and-a-half months home detention. Our reporter, Andrew McRae was in court.


Govt hopes KiwiSaver changes will give NZers better results

The government's announced big changes to the KiwiSaver scheme which it hopes will give people better bang for its buck. From December, the number of default providers - those allocated to new KiwiSaver members who don't actively select their fund - will be slashed from nine to six. Here's political reporter Katie Scotcher.


Craft beer retailers disgusted with Eagle Brewing boss' racism

Disgusted craft beer bars and retailers say they'll no longer stock a Canterbury brewery's range, after its owner posted an anti-Maori rant on social media. The comments from Eagle Brewing owner David Gaughan have been strongly condemned by those in the craft beer industry as racist and deplorable. Gaughan says he is considering resigning from the Kaiapoi-based brewery and wants to unlearn racial bias and better understand Māori culture. Eleisha Foon has the story.


Evening business for 14 May 2021

News from the business sector, including a market report. [embed] https://players.brightcove.net/6093072280001/default_default/index.html?videoId=6254159556001


Actor Peter Rowley remembers his friend, legendary David McPhail

A close friend of David McPhail says he felt his 'soul go back down through the mattress' when he woke to news he'd passed away this morning. Actor and writer Peter Rowley worked alongside comedy legends David McPhail and the late Jon Gadsby throughout his career. He described McPhail not only as a dear friend but a mentor and like a second parent. David McPhail passed away in a Christchurch rest home this morning at the age of 76. Matthew Hutching looks back at his life on and off the...


Finance expert suggests redistribution of public sector CEO salaries

A 'Robin Hood' policy, redistributing the big salaries of public service chief executives to lower paid workers would be more effective than the government-ordered pay freeze, according to a leading business academic. The directive that essentially means those in the public sector earning more than $60,000 will only get a pay rise in exceptional circumstances for the next three years has infuriated some workers and prompted crisis meetings between the government and unions, and a commitment...


Forsyth Barr boss explains proposal for All Blacks purchase

You might be able to buy a slice of the All Blacks for as little as $100, according to the investment firm behind the alternative proposal from the Rugby Players Association. As you heard the plan would see 5 percent of the NZ Rugby's commercial arm sold off via a public listing on the stock exchange meaning any New Zealander could all own a slice. The Forsyth Barr proposal values NZR's commercial assets at up to 23 percent higher than US investment company Silverlake and claims its plan...


NZR accuses Players Association over Forsyth Barr offer

New Zealand Rugby is accusing the Players Association of trying to sabotage its deal with US private equity firm Silverlake. A Players Association proposal, put together by investment firm Forsyth Barr, suggests selling a 5 percent stake in NZR's commercial rights to the New Zealand public. The Players' Association believes the approach is far better than the proposed Silverlake deal, which they're refusing to sign off on. But NZR are not happy. Chief executive Mark Robinson said he is...


Canterbury council told to do more on water quality

Protesters sang their displeasure about water quality up to those sitting inside the offices of the Canterbury Regional Council today. About 200 gathered at lunchtime to let the council know what they thought about its record - asking for more of a say on the granting of irrigation consents. Conan Young was there.


Faafoi faces tough crowd at protest over immigration settings

The Immigration Minister was shouted down at a rally of unhappy migrants today, as he revealed he couldn't give them the answers they were after in their bid to loosen border restrictions. A crowd of people took their grievances to Parliament today, where they accused the government of leaving them out in the cold, with families separated, suffering financial hardship and vulnerable to exploitation. The protest timed in with a Parliamentary debate around New Zealand's immigration settings....


Govt must specify acceptable Covid-19 vaccinations for visitors when borders open - Fyfe

The Ministry of Health is warning the team of five million to prepare for a new norm even when most of the population is fully vaccinated and the borders start reopening to more low risk countries. And that new norm could be level 2.5. Former Air New Zealand CEO Rob Fyfe is a member of a special advisory group set up by the government to look at our Covid-19 recovery. He says mass vaccinations along with vaccine passports and pre flight tests are crucial to our borders reopening which won't...


Southland Charity Hospital makes progress with consent

The Southland Charity Hospital is another step closer to reality with the issuing of building consent to get construction under way. Consent was approved yesterday, just in time to mark late cancer advocate Blair Vining's birthday. Timothy Brown went for a tour of the former pub and soon to be hospital, and filed this report.


Covid-19 elimination may change as borders open - expert

A top public health professor says New Zealand will need to change its Covid-19 elimination strategy as our borders open to more high-risk countries. Today the Prime Minister outlined expectations around border restrictions over the coming months - she's warning that the number of places we can open up to will remain limited until the vaccine rollout is complete. Professor Peter McIntyre is a medical advisor to the Immunisation Advisory Centre - he says it's still not clear whether the...


NZ accused of over-buying Covid-19 vaccines in WHO report

New Zealand has been accused of selfishly overbuying Covid-19 vaccines in a WHO-commissioned report. It also called out the US, UK, Australia, Canada, and the EU for securing enough vaccine to cover 200 percent of their populations. The review of the Covid-19 pandemic also identified systematic failings to protect people from Covid-19 - on both national and international levels. But as Adam Jacobson reports a health expert says the restructuring of New Zealand's health system could help the...


Govt addressing emergency housing problems in Rotorua

A year after ministers were warned emergency housing was posing a risk to public safety in Rotorua, the government is moving to clean up the problems. It will directly contract motels for emergency accommodation in that city, group families and children together in particular motels, and provide social support services, at a cost of around $30 million a year. RNZ has reported stories of families living in motels overrun with crime and violence, and taxpayers paying out millions of dollars...