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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.

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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.

    East Cape Covid-19 vaccinations: 'We protect ourselves, we protect our pakeke'

    East Cape Covid-19 vaccinations: 'We protect ourselves, we protect our pakeke'

    The small predominantly Māori communities in Te Tairāwhiti north of Gisborne are almost fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
    In Te Araroa this week, close to two hundred second doses were given over two days by local vaccinators.
    Our reporter Tom Kitchin rolled up his sleeves to see how the roll out in the Matakaoa area up the top of the East Cape went.
     

    • 5 min
    Protesters urge council to pull marina resource consent

    Protesters urge council to pull marina resource consent

    Protesters took their chants to Auckland Council today, calling for the resource consent for a marina on Waiheke Island to be revoked.
    But the Council has made it clear that it cannot do anything.
    The Protect Pūtiki group are protesting against the development which has seen violent clashes between occupiers and security personnel.
    Anei te kai ripoata a Te Aorewa Rolleston.

    • 3 min
    Abuse in Care: Woman describes disconnection from culture

    Abuse in Care: Woman describes disconnection from culture

    A woman of Samoan descent who was adopted out to a palagi family says it resulted in a complete disconnect from her cultural roots.
    Known as Ms CU, she has told the inquiry into abuse, that although she loves her adoptive family, the placement in 1975, wasn't suitable in a cultural sense.
    Here's our reporter Andrew McRae.

    • 2 min
    Arrivals at Auckland Airport react to NZ-AUS border closure

    Arrivals at Auckland Airport react to NZ-AUS border closure

    If you're a New Zealander in Sydney without a flight home, you could be stranded there for some time.
    It comes as New South Wales recorded a record 136 Covid-19 infections overnight with officials describing the outbreak of the highly contagious Delta strain as a 'national emergency'.
    And as Ella Stewart reports, for those New Zealanders stuck, it could be a very long wait.

    • 3 min
    NZRL mulls policy as many players show vaccine hesitancy

    NZRL mulls policy as many players show vaccine hesitancy

    New Zealand Rugby league is considering the future of unvaccinated players on the world stage after pulling out of the 2021 World Cup in the UK because of Covid-19 safety concerns.
    It's not convinced the organisers bio-security plan was up to scratch and it says there was no detailed plans to get players home to New Zealand via MIQ after the tournament. Australia's pulled the pin too.
    But NZRL boss Greg Peters admits there's also an issue with the number of people in the NZ contingent who are not vaccinated.
     

    • 6 min
    Search efforts to find orca calf's pod ramp up for weekend

    Search efforts to find orca calf's pod ramp up for weekend

    Search efforts to find baby orca Toa's pod will ramp up this weekend as crews make the most of a fine weather window.
    The orphaned calf was moved from a pool to a sea pen last night where he began calling and zooming around.
    But it has been nearly two weeks since the young orca stranded near Plimmerton, meaning a decision over his fate looms.
    Ko taku manuhiri inaianei ko Reg kemper, DOC's Operations Director, talks to Lisa Owen.
     

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