Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Checkpoint with John Campbell, Wednesday 4th May 2016

Watch Wednesday's full program here. (VIDEO)

Iron Mountain allowed to buy 3.5ha of sensitive land

The OIO permitted a foreign company to buy sensitive land in Wellington in March, despite it having been sued for overcharging the US government. (AUDIO)

60,000 evacuated in Canadian wildfire

Thousands of people in Fort McMurray, Alberta have been forced from their homes by an enormous wildfire. Resident Theresa Wells spoke to Checkpoint from the road. (AUDIO)

Cruz drops out of Republican race

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has dropped out of the race for the White House, after losing the Indiana primary to Donald Trump. US correspondent Nick Harper joins Checkpoint. (AUDIO)

Patients emotional as funding for new melanoma drug nears

Pharmac announced that it would be funding immunotherapy drug Opdivo from July to treat lung cancer and advanced melanoma. (AUDIO)

Melanoma patient discusses Opdivo funding

Melanoma patient Leisa Renwick led a campaign to get an immunotherapy drug funded in New Zealand. She joins Checkpoint to discuss Pharmac's funding of Opdivo. (AUDIO)

Evening Business for 4 May 2016

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

Mediaworks CEO resigns after tumultuous term

Former Mediaworks employees who lost their jobs under the reign of controversial chief executive Mark Weldon are popping champagne at news of his resignation. (AUDIO)

Maori TV in the spotlight at select committee

Maori Television's chief executive faced rigorous questioning from a Maori Affairs Select Committee about its operations when asking for more funding. (AUDIO)

Drysdale in great form before Olympics

Three months out from the Olympics, rower Mahe Drysdale says he's in better shape than before previous Games - and is eyeing up his rival, Ondrej Synek. (VIDEO, AUDIO)

Australia introduces 'Google tax' in Budget

New Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison is tackling profit shifting in his new Budget with an aim to get large corporates and multinationals to pay their taxes. (VIDEO, AUDIO)

New Wellington cyclepath faces stiff opposition

Cyclists, residents, and local businesses in the capital say a proposed two-way cycle path on a busy road will be dangerous to both cyclists and pedestrians (AUDIO)

New start-up promises post-party cleaning

A new Auckland start-up, Morning After Maids, promises a post-party clean-up service for those feeling under the weather - with a special breakfast add-on. (AUDIO)

Kathryn Williams discusses Pharmac's Opdivo announcement

Pharmac announced today it intends funding immunotherapy drug Opdivo for 350 patients with advanced melanoma from July. (VIDEO, AUDIO)

Murder laws shouldn't be changed out of anger - lawyers

Anger over the manslaughter convictions for the brutal killing of 3-year-old Moko Rangitoheriri shouldn't be used as a reason to change murder laws, lawyers say. (AUDIO)

Petition seeks free mammograms for women up until age 74

A petition calling for the Government to extend free checks for breast cancer to women over 70 has been presented at Paliament today. (AUDIO)

Study shows whistleblowers need more protection

A new study indicates workplace whistleblowers in New Zealand need more protection. (AUDIO)

Navy colleagues split cost of first home

Jess Shaw and Casey MacMillan are two Navy colleagues and friends who have pooled their resources to get on to the property ladder in Wellington. (VIDEO, AUDIO)

Today In Parliament for 4 May 2016 - evening edition

Government uses Question Time to get out some good news on jobs and Pharmac while the Opposition tries to turn good news into bad news. Amy Adams and Jo Goodhew defend their prime minister's popularity in the General Debate. (AUDIO)

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Today In Parliament for 3 May 2016 - evening edition

Bad start to the week for the New Zealand First party as their leader, Winston Peters, follows his transport spokesman, Denis O'Rourke, out the door, after the Speaker loses patience with the length of one of Mr O'Rourke's questions and then finds Mister Peters guilty of accusing him of bias. Further up the opposition's front bench, Labour leader, Andrew Little, and Greens co-leader, James Shaw, pepper the prime minister with questions about his lawyer in an unsuccessful attempt to link Mister Key with the newly controversial foreign investment trust industry. (AUDIO)

Parramatta Eels punished for salary cap breach

Our sports editor Stephen Hewson joins us. (AUDIO)

Drought in Zimbabwe leaves 4 mln facing starvation

The worst drought in Zimbabwe in two decades has left up to 4 million people in the African nation facing starvation. Mana Rabiee from Reuters explains. (AUDIO)

Health Ministry admits mental health services are under strain

The Justice Minister wants more money spent on mental health services for those appearing and being sentenced in the country's courts. Catherine Hutton reports. (AUDIO)

Influx of Queenstown residents to cheaper Cromwell

Queenstown is facing a worsening accomodation crisis as hundreds of workers start to arrive for the busy winter ski season. From Queenstown Peter Newport reports. (VIDEO, AUDIO)

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