Checkpoint

Wednesday 20 August 2014, with Mary Wilson & Jim Mora

Audio from Wednesday 20 August 2014

Not all audio is available due to copyright restrictions.

  • Checkpoint Top Stories for Wednesday 20 August 2014 ( 23′ 21″ )

    17:00 The SIS watchdog investigates if information was given to Cameron Slater for political purposes. Mighty River Power's massive profit - but will it mean cheaper electricity and - a fire officer frees man impaled by meat hook.

  • Spy watchdog investigates ( 1′ 54″ )

    17:07 The top spy agency watchdog has launched an investigation into whether the SIS released official information to the blogger Cameron Slater for political purposes.

  • MP Goff has more ( 3′ 17″ )

    17:09 The Labour MP Phil Goff says while it is worthwhile the Inspector-General investigating, he doubts she will find anything that leads back to John Key.

  • More info released confirming much of what's in Dirty Politics. ( 4′ 55″ )

    17:13 Meanwhile, the person responsible for hacking into Mr Slater's site has released more facebook messages which confirm much of what is in the book Dirty Politics.

  • Could electricity prices be about to come down? ( 3′ 56″ )

    17:18 Mighty River Power says it's likely power prices will come down on the back of its massive profit jump, but it won't say by how much or when.

  • Peaceful evening march in Ferguson ahead of Holder visit ( 2′ 41″ )

    17:22 Protesters have hit the streets once again in Ferguson, Missouri, the US town shaken by days of unrest over the killing of the unarmed black teen, Michael Brown, just hours after police shot dead a knife-wielding man just a few miles away.

  • Labour reassess spending promises ( 2′ 17″ )

    17:25 The Labour Party says it will have to rein in some of its spending promises following a new forecast showing slower than expected economic growth.

  • Fire officer frees man impaled by meat hook ( 3′ 57″ )

    17:27 A fire officer who helped free a meatworks cleaner who had his face impaled on a meat hook says the victim was in a jovial mood, despite being in severe pain.

  • Today's market update ( 2′ 48″ )

    17:35 The New Zealand dollar fell more than half-a-US-cent today following last night's global dairy auction and the release of some key United States economic data.

  • Heroin smuggler sent to prison for seven years ( 3′ 5″ )

    17:38 A South African woman caught smuggling a million-dollars worth of heroin into Christchurch has been sent to prison for seven years and ten months.

  • Chief Coroner says suicide rates are high internationally ( 3′ 7″ )

    17:40 The Chief Coroner says the suicide rate is stubbornly high and disappointingly consistent, and remains high compared to international rates.

  • Parents of executed journalist plead for another reporter ( 5′ 12″ )

    17:43 The parents of the American journalist apparently being executed in a video posted by Islamic State are imploring his killers to spare the life of the other US reporter.

  • Maori fishery groups oppose plans to mine phosphate ( 3′ 21″ )

    17:48 Maori commercial fishing groups say they're strongly opposed to plans to mine phosphate from the Chatham Rise and say it could have a disastrous effect on the ecosystem and future fish stocks.

  • Woman cleared of stabbing boyfriend ( 4′ 52″ )

    17:52 A Hawkes Bay woman has been found not guilty of fatally stabbing her boyfriend.

  • Sports News for 20 August 2014 ( 2′ 50″ )

    18:00 An update from the team at RNZ Sport.

  • Spy watchdog investigates ( 5′ 45″ )

    18:11 The top spy agency watchdog has launched an investigation into whether the SIS released official information to the blogger Cameron Slater for political purposes.

  • First Palmer, now fellow Senator insults Chinese ( 6′ 45″ )

    18:18 Just hours after Australian senate powerbroker Clive Palmer labelled the Chinese Government "bastards" and "mongrels", a senator of his has been warning of a Chinese invasion.

  • Pakistan protesters advance towards parliament ( 3′ 42″ )

    18:24 Overnight, anti-government demonstrators in Pakistan have advanced towards parliament, breaching a designated secure zone in the capital Islamabad.

  • EPA report says seabed mining could cause "catastrophic" damage ( 2′ 55″ )

    18:28 The main environmental watchdog says mining for phosphate off the Chatham Islands could do catastrophic and permanent damage to the seabed.

  • Today's market update ( 1′ 7″ )

    18:36 The New Zealand dollar fell more than half-a-US-cent today following last night's global dairy auction and the release of some key United States economic data.

  • Car in Azaria Chamberlain case handed over to Museum ( 5′ 1″ )

    18:37 The car Central to the conviction and ultimate exoneration of Lindy and Michael Chamberlain over the disappearance of their daughter Azaria has become an exhibition piece.

  • Te Manu Korihi News for 20 August 2014 ( 3′ 19″ )

    18:47 The Chief Coroner's suicide figures show there has been a slight increase in the number of tangata whenua who have taken their own lives; Maori commercial fishing groups say they're strongly opposed to plans to mine phosphate from the Chatham Rise and say it could have a disastrous effect on the ecosystem and future fish stocks; The Prime Minister John Key says the issue of whether or not to create a public holiday to commemorate the historic Maori land wars will be decided on after the elections; The Maori Research Centre of Excellence is calling for applicants for a scholarship to research or lecture in the United States in the area of indigenous development.

  • Scientists accidentally make stem cell breakthrough ( 5′ 9″ )

    18:51 Australian scientists studying zebrafish have accidentally made what's being called one of the most significant discoveries in stem cell research.