Checkpoint is RNZ’s weekday drive-time news programme.
Our multi-media show broadcasts on 101FM, and you can also watch it live on our website, Freeview Channel 50 and Face TV on Sky Channel 083. Hosted by Lisa Owen.
Huge Far North water verdict looms as avocados boom
Plans for a massive water take to grow more avocados in the Far North could get the green light in the coming weeks, but there are major concerns among some locals about what that will mean for the environment.
An application to take billions of litres from Te Aupouri aquifer, which sits right at the top of the country, is currently being considered by independent commissioners.
A decision is expected in August. While there has been opposition from the Department of Conservation and many in the community, those wanting the water say the environment is their primary concern too.
Southern DHB nurse shortage puts patients at risk of harm
Patients are at risk of harm as a shortage of nurses on Southern District Health Board wards forces some to ration their care.
The problem was unearthed as part of a review into its safe-staffing regime.
Otago-Southland reporter Tess Brunton has more.
Medal hopefuls Burling, Tuke wait another day for shot at gold
One of the country's best medal hopes will have to wait another day for a shot at gold. Sailors Blair Tuke and Peter Burling are in first place and are gunning for gold in the 49er - but unfavourable weather has postponed tonight's race.
Our reporter Clay Wilson is at the sailing venue and joins Lisa Owen with the latest.
Bronze worth more than gold for Dame Valerie at first Olympics since motherhood
A pizza and a lie-down. That's how an elated Dame Valerie Adams is celebrating her bronze medal.
It's the shot putter's fifth Olympics and her fourth medal, adding to two golds and a silver.
Dame Valerie says this one was for her two children, both born since the Rio Games.
Christchurch's first Pacific church-based vaccine clinic opens
Christchurch's first Pacific church-based vaccination clinic has opened. More than 100 people from the Pasifika community had their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at St Paul's Trinity Pacific Presbyterian Church over the weekend.
The South Island has a growing pacific population, with at least 14,000 living in Canterbury.
RNZ Pacific reporter Eleisha Foon was there.
Concerns Manukau mass vaccination did not reach at-risk communities
There are concerns New Zealand's first mass vaccination event did not reach at-risk communities.
More than 15,000 people were jabbed over three days, in what's being lauded a success.
But a South Auckland GP says there's still a large - and vulnerable - group waiting for the vaccine to hit primary care clinics.
Katie Doyle has the story.
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A great source for news from thought New Zealand. With episodes generally on the shorter side, and covering a wide range of topics, RNZ’s Checkpoint is a great way to check in on what’s been going on throughout the country, and a great mix-in to add with the rest of your podcast feed.