Checkpoint

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

IPCA to forego investigations due to funding constraints

The police watchdog - IPCA - have had to forego investigating some complaints of excessive force by Police because of financial constraints. (AUDIO)

Wasp eradication programme trialled in Abel Tasman

One of the country's best-loved landscapes this week became the proving ground in a national programme to wipe out wasps. (VIDEO, AUDIO)

Govt urged to be tougher on crime after Te Atatu murder

Members of Auckland's Chinese community want the government to toughen its stance on crime following the killing of Cun Xiu Tian last month. (AUDIO)

Phil Morgan explains why NZBus drivers are taking action

Hundreds of NZBus drivers in Auckland worked to rule today in protest at what they say are long hours, poor conditions and low pay. (AUDIO)

Benificiaries being monitored online

The Social Development Minister says anyone who posts on Facebook or Twitter about cheating the system is "silly enough" to get caught. (AUDIO)

Scientists explore new technology to wipe out Zika mosquitoes

Scientists are exploring new genetic engineering technology that could wipe out disease-carrying mosquitoes. (VIDEO, AUDIO)

Metiria Turei takes leave to improve Te Reo

Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei took four weeks sabbatical leave from her parliamentary duties to learn Te Reo Māori. (VIDEO, AUDIO)

Sports chat with Matt Chatterton

Lydia Ko is back in New Zealand to defend the New Zealand Open title which she won last year and in 2013. (AUDIO)

Five international students in one 40sqm apartment

One Auckland landlord told us students studying in Auckland are spoilt if they expect to have much of their own space in the current housing market. (AUDIO)

Lovers jailed for at least 17 years for Singh murder

Amandeep Kaur wiped tears from her eyes as she was told her son will never forgive her for killing his father. (AUDIO)

Apple financial statements reveal nothing about high costs

Yesterday, Apple New Zealand released their Annual Financial Statements for the year ended September 25th last year, which showed exceptionally high running costs. John Campbell investigated. (VIDEO, AUDIO)

Business news with Jonathan Mitchell

Jonathan Mitchell joins John Campbell to discuss the business news of the day. (AUDIO)

Nasty pong in Dunedin suburb of Tahuna

Residents living around Dunedin's Tahuna wastewater plant say a stench filling up their houses needs to be fixed urgently. (AUDIO)

Sharks spotted on the Kapiti Coast

Beachgoers north of Wellington are being warned to stay out of the water after sharks were spotted on the Kapiti Coast. (AUDIO)

Today In Parliament for 10 February 2016 - evening edition

Questions for Ministers start with patsies on employment figures and student loans; The Social Services Committee is warned about potential safety risks arising from a bill that would require mandatory installation of smoke alarms and insulation in rental properties. (AUDIO)

Uber calls for change in government regulation

The smartphone-based driver service Uber says the government should be making it easier, rather than harder, for it to operate. (AUDIO)

Jane Patterson on the first US primary in New Hampshire

It was out with the old breed of politician, and in with the new in New Hampshire today after Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump took home their respective nominations. Jane Patterson reports live from the US. (AUDIO)

President Obama proposes $4.1 trillion budget

President Obama proposed a 4.1 trillion US dollar spending plan for fiscal year 2017 in a final White House budget that met immediate Republican resistance. (AUDIO)

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Today In Parliament for 9 February 2016

The year in the House begins with the swearing-in of new National MP Maureen Pugh, followed by a moment's silence for the late former Mp Bob Tizard. Politics then resumes with debate on the Prime Minister's Statement. (AUDIO)

Which issues are important to black voters?

Voters in New Hampshire are preparing to become the first in the United States to hold primaries in the Presidential race. But some residents are already anxious for the fanfare to end. Deborah Lutterbeck reports. (AUDIO)

Mother of two children with microcephaly shares story

An American mother whose daughters suffer from microcephaly talks to Checkpoint with John Campbell about the condition. (VIDEO, AUDIO)

Brazil celebrates Carnival despite Zika fears

As Olympic Athletes who may want to become pregnant in the next year or two, consider their participation at the Rio Games, a more regular Rio occasion has been celebrated with typical joy. (AUDIO)

Chch City Council backpedals on tree protection removal

The Christchurch City Council has backpedaled on a proposal to remove protections from hundreds of significant trees on private land. (AUDIO)

Parliament gets underway with attack and counter-attack

Parliament is back in action with MPs refreshed after their summer break, and immediately going on the attack. (AUDIO)

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