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.
Ports of Auckland appears to enter new era with council, union
Ports of Auckland appears to be welcoming a new era in their relationship with Auckland Council and unions, after years of tension.
A damning safety report earlier this year revealed major concerns, laying the blame squarely with management.
Today Ports' representatives fronted to an Auckland Council meeting to give an update on their safety improvements, and the reviews were glowing.
Nita Blake-Persen reports.
UN boss in Fiji explains evacuation of worker with Covid-19
A United Nations official with Covid-19 has been evacuated from Fiji on a mercy flight after a decision from New Zealand health authorities.
RNZ understands the woman, who is seriously ill, will be treated at Auckland's Middlemore Hospital despite New Zealand initially refusing to let her in because of "capacity" issues.
The hospital system in Fiji is currently overwhelmed with 1,000 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours and 12 deaths this week.
There are 700 UN workers in Suva. The UN's senior official in Fiji Sanaka Samarasinha told Checkpoint it is a critical situation for the worker.
In a statement, New Zealand's Ministry of health said Auckland's Medical Officer of Health has approved a transfer plan for the patient, taking into account the safety of the UN worker and the crew transporting her, with strong protocols in place for the transfer.
NSW police boss calls in defence force to enforce lockdowns
The New South Wales Police Commissioner has called in the Australian Defence Force to help deal with the Covid-19 compliance operation in the state. Sydney authorities are tightening Covid-19 restrictions and have promised to crack down on rule-breakers as they battle to get the outbreak under control. Worldwatch's Perlina Lau reports.
All options on table to address supermarket duopoly - govt
There's political consensus New Zealanders are paying too much for groceries, but little agreement on who's to blame and what should be done.
The government isn't ruling anything in or out with its response to the Commerce Commission's draft report that's revealed big retailers are profiting at the expense of consumers and suppliers.
Our political editor Jane Patterson has more.
Port delays, timber market fluctuations hit forestry workers hard
Forestry contractors say they are losing money, losing work, and losing jobs as a result of fluctuations in the market for timber, and delays in the ports.
The sector was enjoying some record high prices in the first half of this year, driven by the China market, but those prices have been axed in recent weeks.
Contractors are calling for a more sustainable and consistent industry.
Harry Lock reports.
Olympics: NZ in contention for more medals in Tokyo
In Tokyp several New Zealand athletes are circling the medal podium in contention for some bling to hang around their necks.
Our reporter Clay Wilson joins Lisa Owen from outside the canoe slalom course.