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.
Adesanya readies to defend UFC middleweight belt in Arizona
The motivation is three-fold for New Zealand mixed martial arts world champion Israel Adesanya heading into his latest title defence this weekend.
Adesanya defends his middleweight belt against Italian Marvin Vettori at UFC 263 in Arizona.
The Kiwi comes into the bout fresh from his first loss in professional MMA - unsuccessfully moving up a division in an attempt to claim a second world title in March.
As Clay Wilson reports, that defeat isn't the only reason for the added edge to Adesanya's preparation for Sunday's fight.
Wellington Zoo's kiwi house closed after three bird deaths
Wellington Zoo's closed its kiwi house indefinitely while it investigates what's killed three of the precious birds in its care in the past few months.
Tahi, a one legged kiwi, that had been with the Zoo for 15 years, died a fortnight ago after suffering similar symptoms to two other birds who died earlier.
Zoo chief executive Karen Fifield says they're still trying to work out what went wrong.
Charged Mongrel Mob members 'outliers' - Waikato leader
A Mongrel Mob Waikato leader claims three members charged with serious drug offences are outliers in the chapter.
The trio were arrested on Monday, along with 35 others, following 37 police raids as part an FBI-led operation.
Operation Trojan Shield has netted hundreds of alleged criminals across the globe after they were caught using a messaging app secretly created and monitored by law enforcement.
Paula Ormsby is a member of Waikato-based Mongrel Mob Kingdom and leads its first women's chapter.
Police say three Waikato mob members are implicated in Operation Trojan Shield, despite the chapter insisting it's not involved in drug dealing.
Our reporter Nick Truebridge asked Paula Ormsby how she explains that contradiction.
At-risk people still struggling to get Covid-19 vaccine
A Christchurch woman says she feels left in the dark after trying to arrange a vaccine for her immunocompromised husband.
The vaccine rollout for people who are at risk of getting very sick from Covid-19 started in May.
But some are struggling to access the vaccine.
That's raising concerns the number of Pzifer vaccines is drying up quickly - before the next deliveries are due.
Tess Brunton reports.
Sweet trove of documents unearthed at Cadbury factory demolition
A sweet trove of documents has been unearthed during the demolition of the old Cadbury office block that will be the site of the new Dunedin Hospital.
The old books are full of details about Hudson and Co. - the local family business that made yummy biscuits and chocolates, and went on to merge with the global company - Cadbury.
This is what dreams are made of for archaeologist Megan Lawrence, who might have done just a little dance when they were discovered.
NZ to take its biggest rowing squad to Tokyo Olympics
New Zealand will take its biggest ever rowing squad to the upcoming Olympics with a 32 rowers selected for Tokyo.
All up there will be nine crews, including 10 world champion female rowers.
Our reporter Kate Gregan caught up with them at Lake Karapiro.
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