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.
Black Caps vs India: Bowling coach backs Ajaz Patel for test
Black Caps bowling coach Shane Jurgenson says spin bowler Ajaz Patel is right in the frame to play the World Test Championship final against India.
Patel's played just nine tests since debuting in 2018 - six of them overseas, with local conditions less suited to spin.
Jurgenson told our sports reporter Barry Guy, Patel bolted into contention by taking four wickets last weekend.
Kennedy Pt Marina protest: Three occupiers arrested
Three people opposing the controversial Kennedy Point Marina development were arrested today.
Protesters - who say a marina endangers a nearby little blue penguin habitat - have been occupying the beach near the development site on Waiheke Island for about four months.
The developer - on the other hand - says no harm will come to the kororā.
Te Aorewa Rolleston has the story.
New trial of Arthur Allan Thomas continues
A woman accusing Arthur Allan Thomas of indecently touching her on multiple occasions says his false imprisonment felt like the appropriate punishment for what he did to her.
Thomas, famously pardoned over the unsolved Crewe murders, is now on trial for historical sexual assault.
Jordan Bond reports from the Manukau District Court.
Caution on Rakiura after weak positive Covid-19 result
A team of Covid-19 testers has travelled to Rakiura Stewart Island after a child who lives there returned a weak positive result after having a pre-departure test ahead of overseas travel.
The rest of the family returned negative tests and so did the child when they re-tested.
Now health officials are waiting on the results of serology tests to rule out an old infection, but suspect the weak result could be a false positive.
However as a precaution, a childcare centre has been temporarily closed. Director General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says because Rakiura is isolated and the community needs reassurance, the DHB has mobilised a testing team.
Len Lye wind wand at New Plymouth waterfront after touch up
New Plymouth commuters could be forgiven for being a little distracted this morning - as one of the city's more notable landmarks - Len Lye's Wind Wand sculpture - dangled from a helicopter on its way across town.
The 48-metre long artwork was being returned from a maintenance overhaul and was carried to its prime spot on the Coastal Walkway.
School cross country: Why are girls not allowed to run as far as boys?
It is cross country season for schools, but for seniors, boys are still crossing more country than girls.
It is an age-old, out of date tradition that has raised the ire of Marlborough running coach Mark Grammer.
The boys run 6km while the girls run 4km. Lisa Owen asks why.
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