Checkpoint

Friday 28 August 2015, with Jim Mora & Karen Brown

Not all audio is available due to copyright restrictions.

Checkpoint Top Stories for Friday 28 August 2015

5:00 PM. Police launch homicide investigation into Maggie Watson death, I want to be at Scott Watson interview - Olivia Hope's father, Hope's plea is out of my hands - journalist, 86 year old threatens to call police on EQC, 86 year old threatens to call police on EQC - EQC's response, Deep-sea oil drilling protest in Northland, Kiwirail's performance improves but it's still in the red, and NZ Post to keep cutting jobs.

Police launch homicide investigation into Maggie Watson death

5:08 PM. Police say the death of a four-year-old girl at her Onehunga home three weeks ago was not an accident.

I want to be at Scott Watson interview - Olivia Hope's father

5:10 PM. A magazine interview with double murderer Scott Watson is to go ahead and the father of one of the victims wants to be there too.

Hope's plea is out of my hands - journalist

5:15 PM. The Corrections Department today approved North and South writer Mike White interviewing Watson in jail, though only after the courts forced it to look again at its original rejection of this.

86 year old threatens to call police on EQC

5:20 PM. The daughter of an 86-year-old Christchurch woman says she had to threaten to call the police before two people from the Earthquake Commission would leave her mother's home.

Key admits Govt must do 'better job' for state care kids

5:23 PM. The Prime Minister acknowledges there is a strong link between children who've been in state care and crime and says the Government needs to do a better job.

86 year old threatens to call police on EQC - EQC's response

5:25 PM. The EQC has just released a statement on our story about the daughter of an 86-year-old Christchurch woman who says she had to threaten to call the police before two people from the Earthquake Commission would leave her mother's home.

NZ darts number to face the world's best tonight

5:27 PM. New Zealand's best dart player Rob Szabo will have to upset Michael van Gerwen in the first round of the competition this evening in order to play through the rest of the weekend.

Evening Business for 28 August 2015

5:35 PM. News from the business sector including a market report.

Deep-sea oil drilling protest in Northland

5:38 PM. Security's been tight today at Northland's Regional Council building after protestors occupied the carpark to object to deep sea oil drilling.

Kiwirail's performance improves but it's still in the red

5:42 PM. Kiwirail has lost more than $150 million over the past year but its performance is well up on the previous year.

NZ Post to keep cutting jobs

5:51 PM. New Zealand Post says it will continue cutting jobs because each year it needs to save $30 million to cover the decline in mail.

Work to start on Waikato's highest risk road

5:54 PM. Work is is about to start on a section of State Highway One in Waikato regarded as the highest risk road for fatal and serious crashes in New Zealand.

NZ firefighters are sent in to tackle US forest fires

5:56 PM. The fifteen New Zealand firefighters flown to the United States to help battle forest fires in the North West have now been deployed. More than 100 fires are raging over 400,000 hectares.

Sports News for 28 August 2015

6:08 PM. An update from the team at RNZ Sport.

Gerald Hope's bid to look Scott Watson in the eye

6:10 PM. The way's been cleared for double murderer Scott Watson to do a media interview, after 17 years of silence - but obstacles remain for the father of victim Olivia Hope.

Orangutan attack victim says experience bizarre

6:16 PM. A man attacked by an orangutan in Indonesia is back in New Zealand recovering from a tourist trek that went wrong.

Push for police protection over human trafficking

6:20 PM. In Australia, there's pressure for a law change to ensure terrified victims of human trafficking get police protection even if they won't help with an investigation.

Fossil plankton give clues to effect of ocean changes

6:22 PM. Recent studies of plankon fossils, dating back 420 million years, suggest that mass extinctions started in the oceans, as the seas filled with toxic metals and oxygen levels dropped.

Focus on Politics for 28 August 2015

6:34 PM. Turmoil on the international stock markets this past week, with underlying fears of slowing growth in China, has raised questions about the resilience of the New Zealand economy.

Te Manu Korihi News for 28 August 2015

6:48 PM. A Whangarei kaumatua says the Norwegian petroleum company Statoil is trampling rangatiratanga underfoot by choosing to deal behind closed doors with select groups of Maori; Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou and the Gisborne District Council have agreed in principle to jointly manage natural resources in the region; A scholarship has been launched by Waikato-Tainui and the New Zealand Transport Agency to mark the start of construction of the latest section of the Waikato Expressway; Taranaki iwi will sign their Treaty Deed of Settlement next week on Saturday the 5th of September.

Facebook site reunites ponies with formrer owners

6:54 PM. A New Plymouth woman who set up a Facebook page to try to find her old pony has been deluged by other people signing in to track down horses they once owned.