Checkpoint

Friday 30 January 2015, with Mary Wilson & Jim Mora

Audio from Friday 30 January 2015

Not all audio is available due to copyright restrictions.

  • Checkpoint Top Stories for Friday 30 January 2015 ( 16′ 18″ )

    17:00 It's been a big day in politics with National's Northland MP Mike Sabin quitting under a cloud and the Greens co-leader Russell Norman stepping down. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman is quitting the top job and is not ruling out leaving parliament altogether. Our parliamentary chief reporter Jane Patterson. The number of consents for new houses and apartments has hit its highest level since 2007. The Otago Regional Council is pleading for the Government to declare a drought as taps are turned off at irrigation dams.

  • Sabin quits Parliament, Norman stepping down ( 2′ 18″ )

    17:08 It's been a big day in politics with National's Northland MP Mike Sabin quitting under a cloud and the Greens co-leader Russell Norman stepping down.

  • Russel Norman on stepping down ( 4′ 30″ )

    17:12 Green Party co-leader Russel Norman is quitting the top job and is not ruling out leaving parliament altogether.

  • Our parliamentary chief reporter has more ( 3′ 44″ )

    17:16 Our parliamentary chief reporter Jane Patterson.

  • House building consents at highest level in years ( 2′ 44″ )

    17:21 The number of consents for new houses and apartments has hit its highest level since 2007.

  • Irrigation taps being turned off as council pleads for help ( 2′ 59″ )

    17:23 The Otago Regional Council is pleading for the Government to declare a drought as taps are turned off at irrigation dams.

  • NRL Auckland Nines kicks off tomorrow ( 2′ 25″ )

    17:27 The NRL Auckland Nines rugby league tournament kicks off tomorrow with organisers expecting it to generate more money than last year, the first time it was held.

  • Today's market update ( 1′ 13″ )

    17:33 New Zealand shares fell today, with the benchmark Top 50 Index easing 16 points to 5744 from yesterday's record.

  • More lending restrictions could push up costs of buying home ( 4′ 03″ )

    17:35 Home buyers will find it more difficult, and more expensive, or have to scrape together a much bigger deposit to get a mortgage if the Reserve Bank introduces new measures designed to take the heat out of Auckland's housing market.

  • Teen admits assaulting elderly couple ( 2′ 03″ )

    17:40 It's been revealed in court that a teenager who attacked an elderly Waikanae couple in their home targeted them twice on the same night.

  • Government won't meet demand for weight-loss surgery ( 2′ 53″ )

    17:42 As New Zealand balloons towards becoming the fattest nation on earth, it looks unlikely that the Gvernment is going to nswer a call to fund much more weight loss surgery.

  • A rash of botched circumcisions has put boys in hospital ( 3′ 21″ )

    17:44 At least eight young Pacific Island boys have been hospitalised in Auckland in recent weeks with after botched circumcisions.

  • Te Manu Korihi News for 30 January 2015 ( 3′ 17″ )

    17:49 The economist Gareth Morgan has told a Northland hui on Maori sovereignty that if the Treaty of Waitangi were truly honoured there'd be no need for Maori seats in Parliament; A Maori doctor is backing a demand for more stomach stapling operations, after a call by a New Zealand weight loss surgeon for more government money to combat the problem; The Bay of Plenty Regional Council has appointed the Commissioners who will hear the Rena owners' application to leave part of the wreck on the Otaiti or Astrolabe Reef; The head of the national wood carving school, which has picked five new students, says it wants to select tauira from each tribe so they have someone who's skilled in the ancient practice.

  • I would have dived in - retiree rescuer ( 3′ 18″ )

    17:57 The Hawkes Bay retiree who raced on his farmbike to the beach to rescue a mother and child from being swept out to sea says he would have dived in to save them if he had to.

  • Sports News for 30 January 2015 ( 3′ 04″ )

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

  • Norman says he wanted time to consider his options after the election ( 2′ 09″ )

    18:12 National's Northland MP Mike Sabin quit today under pressure on the same day as the Greens co-leader Russell Norman made the surprise call to step down.

  • Green MPs emotional at Norman going ( 3′ 30″ )

    18:15 As for Russel Norman, his surprise announcement leaves the Greens needing a new male co leader.

  • Metiria Turei responds ( 3′ 23″ )

    18:18 Metiria Turei, the co-leader, joins us now.

  • Investigation into missing 43 students closed ( 4′ 16″ )

    18:23 Mexican authorities have officially closed the investigation into the 43 students who went missing in Iguala in September.

  • Focus on Politics for 30 January 2015 ( 16′ 17″ )

    18:36 This week both the Prime Minister, John Key, and the Labour Party leader, Andrew Little, delivered their state-of-the-nation speeches in Auckland, with Mr Key outlining more details of the Government's plan to sell State houses.

  • Te Manu Korihi News for 30 January 2015 ( 3′ 29″ )

    18:54 A Maori lawyer says the philanthropist, Gareth Morgan, has sparked a debate on Maori sovereignty that's been swept under the carpet by other leaders; A Maori doctor is backing a demand for more stomach stapling operations, after a New Zealand weight loss surgeon called on more government money to combat the problem; The Bay of Plenty Regional Council has appointed the Commissioners who will hear the Rena owners' application to leave part of the wreck on the Otaiti or Astrolabe Reef; The national wood carving school at Te Puia in Rotorua aims to select students from each tribe so they have someone who's skilled in the ancient practice.