Checkpoint

Wednesday 27 May 2015, with Mary Wilson & Jim Mora

Not all audio is available due to copyright restrictions.

Checkpoint Top Stories for Wednesday 27 May 2015

17:00 More parking restrictions for Auckland; Court told disabled and elderly at risk; Health and safety laws held up after resistance; Investigation into how 15 year old boy vanished; Government accused of paying bribe to Saudi businessman; Sir Bob Jones thrown off an Air NZ flight.

More parking restrictions for Auckland

17:08 Auckland drivers face many more parking restrictions including heavier fines, new residents only zones, and charges for using park and ride areas which at the moment are free.

Court told disabled and elderly at risk

17:14 The High Court's been told the disabled and elderly people would be at risk if a terminally ill woman is allowed to enlist her doctor's help to die, without fear of prosecution.

Health and safety laws held up after resistance

17:18 Sweeping changes to the country's health and safety laws in the wake of the Pike River disaster have been shelved for two months because of resistance within the National Party caucus.

Investigation into how 14 year old boy vanished

17:22 An investigation is underway into how a 14 year old boy got lost on a school trip to Mt Taranaki.

Government accused of paying bribe to Saudi businessman

17:25 The Government is being accused of paying a multi-million dollar bribe to a Saudi businessman who threatened to sue New Zealand after it banned live sheep exports.

Sir Bob Jones thrown off an Air NZ flight

17:29 Former politician and businessman Sir Bob Jones was thrown off an Air New Zealand flight this morning after failing to comply with a safety briefing.

Evening Business for 27 May 2015

17:34 News from the business sector including a market report.

AA on Auckland parking changes

17:40 Auckland motorists face higher fees for long-term parking, higher fines and having to pay to use park-and-rides which at the moment are free.

Former teacher who masturbated in classroom found guilty

17:46 A teacher in Auckland has been found guilty and convicted of masturbating in a classroom during the school lunch break.

Counsellors need more staff to take on RA clients

17:50 Some counselling services say they don't have capacity to take on clients from Relationships Aotearoa unless they can also take on staff laid off from the just-axed agency.

More Maori in need of budget help

17:53 More Maori are reaching out for help to deal with the consequences of quick-cash loans, mounting bills and rising rents.

Cornerstone signing to stave off overseas clubs

17:56 New Zealand Rugby believes signing-up All Blacks Julian Savea and Brodie Rettallick for the next two World Cups will stave off overseas clubs from poaching other top New Zealand players.

Sports News for 27 May 2015

18:07 An update from the team at RNZ Sport.

Health and safety laws held up after resistance

18:12 Sweeping changes to health and safety laws in the wake of the Pike River disaster have been shelved for two months because of resistance from National MPs.

The surgical "mesh mess" probed by MPs

18:17 Compensation claims by patients suffering damaging complications caused by a controversial surgical mesh are mounting.

A teacher's aide was on bus ride that terrified children

18:19 Checkpoint has learnt there was a male teacher-aide on the Auckland school bus from which children jumped when the driver refused to stop.

Four gunmen killed during attack in Kabul

18:24 Four Taliban gunmen have been killed after trying to storm a guesthouse in a diplomatic area of the Afghan capital, Kabul.

Soldiers not mentally tough enough to cope with combat

18:27 Many Australian soldiers are not mentally tough enough to cope with the stress of combat with new research saying their rates of trauma are probably double current estimates.

Arguments against assisted dying

18:36 The High Court's been told disabled and elderly people would be at risk if a terminally ill woman is allowed to enlist her doctor's help to die, without fear of prosecution.

Arguments for the right to die

18:41 But the Voluntary Euthanasia Society has told the High Court that the Lecretia Seales case is about her doctor prescribing medication, for the purpose of relieving her suffering.

Te Manu Korihi News for 27 May 2015

18:50 More Maori are reaching out for help to deal with the consequences of quick-cash loans, mounting bills and rising rents; A Maori Women's Refuge spokesperson says the demise of Relationships Aotearoa will not necessarily hurt Maori whanau; The QE11 National Trust, Nga Kairauhi Papa, is today celebrating the registration of its four-thousandth covenant.

Today in Parliament for Wednesday 27 May - evening edition

18:54 Foreign Minister blames Labour for messing up live sheep exports to Saudi Arabia but denies paying a bribe to avoid multi-million dollar court action; Questions on Housing; Budget Debate resumes.