Checkpoint

Wednesday 29 July 2015, with Jim Mora & Liz Banas

Not all audio is available due to copyright restrictions.

Checkpoint Top Stories for Wednesday 29 July 2015

5:00 PM. Gotingco killer inquiry - but Ministers defend Corrections;Killer of dairy owner to be named on sentencing;Govt warned trade deal could put lives at risk;Colin Craig says he'll sue blogger, rival;Parents demand to see Nick Evan's records.

Gotingco killer inquiry - but Ministers defend Corrections

5:07 PM. A review's been called into into how Blessie Gotingco's rapist and murderer was monitored, but already Government Ministers are ruling out a law change and saying Corrections did everything right.

Killer of dairy owner to be named on sentencing

5:12 PM. The boy who took part in a fatal dairy raid says he doesn't want to be remembered as the Railside Dairy Killer.

Govt warned trade deal could put lives at risk

5:16 PM. The Government is being warned that New Zealanders' lives could be at risk if the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal makes medicines more expensive.

Colin Craig says he'll sue blogger, rival

5:20 PM. Conservative Party founder and one time leader Colin Craig has announced he is suing blogger Cameron Slater, a political rival and a lobbyist over what he calls a campaign of lies from the "dirty politics brigade".

Parents demand to see Nick Evans' records

5:27 PM. The parents of a dead prisoner are demanding to see their son's records after receiving scant information from Corrections and Serco about what happened to him.

Today's market update

5:33 PM. The Reserve Bank says more interest rate cuts are needed to support the economy, but it has ruled out the need for an aggressive response.

NZTA pulls cycle lane trial that put cars on head-on collision

5:35 PM. It's been condemned as a recipe for disaster when Land Transport decided to put in cycle lanes, along a popular training route in Waikato, sending motor vehicles on a collision course.

AFL star considers retiring after racial abuse from spectators

5:45 PM. The Australian Rules star, Adam Goodes is considering calling an early end to his career after years of racial abuse and booing from spectators.

Father at centre of mass Perth sex abuse case

5:50 PM. To Perth now where eight men have been charged with committing hundreds of sex crimes against a 13-year-old girl.

Te Manu Korihi for 29 July 2015

5:52 PM. The Maori Development Minister says he doesn't want to police the pronunciation of Te Reo in Parliament this week, but people should be making an effort.

Co-pilot blamed for crash of Virgin-Galactic spaceship

5:55 PM. Safety investigators in the United States say the co-pilot caused the crash of a Virgin Galactic spaceship last October by putting on the brakes when it was still flying too fast.

Sports News for 29 July 2015

6:06 PM. An update from the team at Radio NZ Sport.

Govt review into monitoring of killer

6:10 PM. The Corrections Minister believes his department did everything right monitoring convicted murderer Tony Robertson, despite ordering a review.

Govt proposes major school changes

6:17 PM. Law changes could clear the way for one principal to run several schools and for schools to own and operate early childhood centres.

Grandson of gallbladder patient says findings a relief

6:20 PM. The grandson of a 74-year-old man who died after questionable gallbladder surgery says the family thought it was a routine operation and never got to say goodbye.

"Happy Birthday" song could be free to use after all

6:28 PM. It's a song that's sung every day around the world, but "Happy Birthday" must be paid for before it can be used in films or played in public places.

Greens pushing for Reserve Bank to set interest rates

6:35 PM. The Green Party is pushing for the Reserve Bank to set interest rates by committee after what it says is repeated failures over the past four years.

Cycle lanes put drivers on a collision course

6:40 PM. What were they thinking ? That's the question drivers and cyclist are asking of Land Transport deciding to put in cycle lanes along a popular training route in Waikato, sending motor vehicles on a collision course.

Today in Parliament for 29 July 2015

6:45 PM. Prime Minister under fire from Andrew Little & Winston Peters over TPP negotiations; Petition calling for the raising of CYF care age from 17 to 18 is presented to the Social Services Committee.

Hadlee laments the passing of Clive Rice

6:45 PM. South Africa's first cricket captain of the post-apartheid era, Clive Rice, has died after battling a brain tumour.

Te Manu Korihi for 29 July 2015

6:50 PM. According to a new study the health of Whanganui Maori is markedly worse than the rest of New Zealanders; The Maori Development Minister says he doesn't want to police the pronunciation of Te Reo in Parliament this week, but people should be making an effort; Organisers of the Waiata Maori Music Awards are encouraging more musicians to enter before entries close this Friday.