Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Today In Parliament for 25 May 2016

Tomorrow's budget dominates questions to ministers; Prime Minister continues to face questions about housing from Labour leader Andrew Little; Health Committee hears evidence on petition calling for a ban on smoking in cars; Law and Order Committee receives petition calling on the Minister and Commissioner of Police to ensure a Police Officer be resident in the town of Ross on the South Island's West Coast. (AUDIO)

Checkpoint with John Campbell, Wednesday 25th May 2016

Watch the full programme here. It begins 5 minutes in. (VIDEO)

Coming up

Up to $5000 - to leave Auckland

The government is offering people living in Auckland state housing or on its streets up to $5000 to leave the city and move to the regions. (AUDIO)

Govt accused of UN Rights of Child breach

As homeless children live in cars and garages, the government has been accused of breaching its obligations under the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child. (AUDIO)

Budget to be unveiled tomorrow afternoon

Finance Minister Bill English is remaining typically tight-lipped about what's in the budget, though a few announcements have already been made. (AUDIO)

Police errors found in watchdog investigation

The police watchdog has outlined many mistakes that led to police failing to search for a suicidal man whose body was eventually found by a member of the public in the Waikato River. (AUDIO)

Melanoma patients seek early funded access to Opdivo

Anxious patients with advanced melanoma are pushing for temporary access to the drug Opdivo while awaiting long-term decisions. (AUDIO)

Evening Business for 25 May 2016

News from the business sector including a market report. (AUDIO)

Home insulation funding 'drying up'

A programme to help insulate high-priority homes in Auckland says there is a large waiting list, but funding is drying up. (VIDEO, AUDIO)

Supergold cardholders switch for Akld Transport

Auckland Transport is in a race against time to get Supergold cardholders to switch to its AT-HOP cards if they want to keep their free travel concessions. (AUDIO)

Sports News for 25 May 2016

The Warriors National Rugby League club has been thrown into further dissaray today with the announcement out-of-favour centre Konrad Hurrell has been axed from the team. And the Sevens will stay in Wellington. (AUDIO)

House sales rocket in Patea

Perhaps best known for the out of nowhere number one single, Poi E, Patea is enjoying a real estate boom as investors extend their tendrils around the country. (VIDEO, AUDIO)

Row over Catholic School's ball dress code

A storm is brewing at an Auckland Catholic girls' school over the dress code for the ball. Year 12 and 13 students at St Dominics College have been given a list of rules for their dresses - no cleavage, no backs on show, and no slits above the knee. But more than five thousand people have signed a petition calling for the rules to be scrapped. (AUDIO)

Minister confirms plans to pay tenants to leave Auckland

The Social Housing Minister has announced a $5000 grant to encourage people to move into empty state houses in cities other than Auckland. (AUDIO)

Marae opens doors for family in need

Te Puea marae in Mangere has established a support programme to help those sleeping in cars and garages and on the street and four families have already come for help. (VIDEO, AUDIO)

Texan finds solution to homelessness in Austin

As the entire country confronts homelessness, emergency housing, overcrowding, and the best Government responses to it, an American man has found a solution to housing homeless people in Austin, Texas. (VIDEO, AUDIO)

Sevens will remain in Wellington for another three years

The Wellington Sevens will remain in the capital for another three years. Wellington had been under pressure to hold onto the tournament after falling spectator numbers in recent years. (AUDIO)

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Today In Parliament for 24 May 2016 - evening edition

Budget Week begins with a Question Time dominated by the housing shortage as the Opposition tries unsuccessfully to get the prime minister to admit that it has reached crisis point. Building and Housing Minister, Nick Smith, attempts to get back at Labour with the help of patsy questions but overcooks his answer and is stopped by the Speaker, David Carter. New Zealand First leader, Winston Peters, tackles the prime minister about Auckland pensioners being forced to buy a Hop Card to travel on city buses but gets nowhere. Focus on housing continues with debate on the committee stage of the Government's Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill. (AUDIO)

Boxing fight illegal streaming 'stealing' says Parker

New Zealand heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker says it's disappointing his fight against Carlos Takem was livestreamed and viewed for free by thousands on Saturday night. (VIDEO, AUDIO)

WINZ loans grow $40m in five years to $417m

Beneficiaries have borrowed more than $400 million from the Ministry of Social Development, a figure that continues to grow. (AUDIO)

Hundreds of DOC structures not up to standard

According to Department of Conservation figures obtained by the Green party, over a thousand Department of Conservation bridges, boardwalks, jetties and viewing platforms are not up to standard. (AUDIO)

Storm brewing over idea to change Blenheim's name

Blenheim - or Marlborough City? A group of businesspeople from the South Island region have suggested a name change, but are facing a backlash from locals. (AUDIO)

Govt defends progress on housing ahead of Budget

The Government is defending its record on building houses in Auckland, as it prepares to announce more money for Crown land and social housing in Thursday's Budget. (AUDIO)

Evening Business for 24 May 2016

News from the business sector including a market report. (AUDIO)

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