News from the business sector, including a market report. [embed] https://players.brightcove.net/6093072280001/default_default/index.html?videoId=6278105711001
New Zealand's secured an historic free-trade agreement with the United Kingdom that will eventually eliminate all tariffs on New Zealand exports. Industry leaders have welcomed the agreement, saying it'll give New Zealand products a competitive edge in the UK market. Our political reporter Anneke Smith has more.
Suspected anti-vaxxers have been making bogus vaccination bookings in one of the most unprotected areas of the country. They've been targeting Tairawhiti, where only 74 percent of people have had at least one dose - and just 63 percent of Māori. The College of GPs president Sam Murton told health correspondent Rowan Quinn one small clinic in Tairāwhiti had about 90 fake bookings in just a few days. The Ministry of Health says it is investigating a small number of fake bookings to its national...
Daily covid numbers have hit triple figures today, with 102 cases recorded in the community. 94 of them are in Auckland and eight in Waikato. 40 of today's cases are so far unlinked. Deputy Prime Minister Grant Roberton says while they've been clear about the likelihood of an increasing number cases, he acknowledges that's not always easy. [embed] https://players.brightcove.net/6093072280001/default_default/index.html?videoId=6278104840001
A Palmerston North woman is pleading for a one-way compassionate exemption to cross the Auckland border to see her terminally ill nephew in his final days.
Andrew Spier, 36, is dying from bowel cancer which has spread through his body. He has been told he has just days to live.
His aunt Moyra Spier, who lives on her own and is fully vaccinated, just wants to drive to Auckland to help Andrew and his elderly parents who are caring for him in his final days, including administering his pain...
From the end of November 300 health workers will be given spots in MIQ each month but the big question is who will get those spots.
The Ministry of Health will work with DHBs and Primary Health Organisations to divvy up the rooms - but many are holding their breath to see who will be considered most in need.
There are 60 new cases of Covid-19 in the community - 56 in Auckland and four in Waikato.
Twenty-two of those cases are yet to be linked to an earlier case.
Officials are warning the case...
It's hello classroom, goodbye online learning for Auckland and Waikato's year 11, 12 and 13 students.
Despite Auckland's high Delta case count, seniors can head back to school from next Tuesday. But uncertainty remains for students in years 1 to 10. And that spells disappointment for some, who desperately want catch up with mates, and get their feet back under the desk.
Our reporter Nick Truebridge and cameraman Nick Monro spoke to parents and students enjoying the sun at Takapuna Beach this...
Walk in vaccinations paired with free coffee and kai are on offer for students at Ara institute of Canterbury this week. It's part of the the region's race to hit 90 percent for first doses by Labour Weekend. Our cameraman Nathan McKinnon and reporter Kim Moodie went along. [embed] https://players.brightcove.net/6093072280001/default_default/index.html?videoId=6277947777001
School is back on campus from Tuesday but only for a select few and under strict conditions.
And there is no end in sight for parents of primary students learning at home - Cabinet will review their situation next week.
Years 11 to 13 can head back to class, basically to get ready for exams, but there are a list of rules.
School staff need a negative Covid test before they're allowed on site. Masks are mandatory, so is physical distancing.
Schools must keep Covid tracing records and disinfect...
A woman with Covid-19 has handed herself into police after fleeing quarantine in Auckland. She was one of three alleged escapees in quick succession by people quarantining from the community. Our MIQ reporter Katie Todd has the details.
The Chief Ombudsman has launched an investigation into the MIQ system following a flood of complaints. Judge Peter Boshier has recieved more than 800 complaints about the government-run system since July last year. He has previously raised concerns about the systems limited capacity with most people now vying for a voucher through a lotttery system. Judge Boshier told Checkpoint he has the ability to recommend changes to the MIQ system, which may have more success than legal action against...
National says it would get rid of lockdowns once vaccination rates hit 85 percent, or on December the 1 - whichever comes first. Its 'Back in Business' plan would also boost the wage subsidy and introduce temporary tax cuts for businesses and workers. There would be targeted support for the worst-hit industries, and possible compensation for lost earnings. National says it will get business moving again, while a Covid-19 modeller warns reopening under those conditions would come with hundreds...
An Auckland man who travelled to Waiheke Island after testing positive for covid 19 will be allowed to remain on the island, despite allegedly breaching multiple health orders. The case is the first on Waiheke, which is supposed to be cut off from the rest of Auckland due to the limited medical resources on the Island. It's worrying locals who want guarantees the covid positive visitor won't spread the virus in the community. With more on this now we're joined by our reporter Nita...
Lisa Owen asks Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins, who is also the Education Minister, why the government is allowing potentially unvaccinated senior students to go back to school. [embed] https://players.brightcove.net/6093072280001/default_default/index.html?videoId=6277945260001
Thousands of teenagers in Auckland are going back to school next week for the first time in two months. The government has given the green light for schools in alert level three regions, currently Auckland and Waikato, to reopen classrooms to students in Years 11, 12 and 13 on Tuesday. It has also announced NCEA and Scholarship exams are going ahead in November, even in alert level 3 regions. Here's our education correspondent, John Gerritsen.
Ngāti Whātua is defending the management of the border between Te Tai Tokerau and Tāmaki Makaurau.
Northland will drop down to alert level 2 at midnight, following a Covid scare in which a woman who later tested positive crossed the border using fake documents.
That's raised concerns that poor controls could see more cases sneak through.
But those on the frontlines say the strict set up is running as it should.
Sam Olley was there today.
Life in Australia is slowly getting back to normal, with more states releasing plans to open up and let people back in.
With high vaccination rates, a national plan and clear targets, states are beginning to lift more restrictions and have announced plans to let vaccinated expats and visitors back in.
Worldwatch's Perlina Lau reports.
Christmas is just around the corner, but with Tāmaki Makaurau still in level 3, many are wondering if they should be making any plans at all.
The Prime Minister says Aucklanders should not be cancelling plans to leave town for the festive season and told media this morning she believes the city will be out of level 3 by Christmas.
Despite that, some Aucklanders are preparing for a summer spent in their backyard. Anei te kai ripoata a Katie Doyle.
Waiheke Local Board Chair Cath Handley told Checkpoint the new Covid-19 case on the island has "upset people here greatly".
Health officials are thinking smaller and more nimble as they try to reach the half million people who have not had a first dose of the vaccine.
First were the 'Shot Bro' buses, now vaccine campers are on the road.
More than 40 'vaxi vans' will be travelling over the motu in the next few weeks, aiming to reach isolated. rural areas.
One of the first stops was Onewhero in Waikato. Checkpoint reporter Louise Ternouth and camera operator Marika Khabazi went to check it out.
Associate Health Minister Peeni Henare has told many DHBs they need to do better in their vaccine rollout to Māori.
To Australia, where an urgent search for a missing four-year-old girl feared abducted is being hampered by extreme weather.
Cleo Smith went missing from a campsite in a rural area on the coast of Western Australia four days ago.
She was with her family in a tent in her sleeping bag and was last seen by them at about 1:30am.
It has sparked memories of the Azaria Chamberlain case - the nine-week-old baby who disappeared near Uluru more than 40 years ago on a family camping trip - taken by a...
All Black hooker Codie Taylor choked back tears at an emotional All Blacks press conference today as he paid tribute to his teammate Sean Wainui. 25-year-old Wainui, who played for the Māori All Blacks, the Crusaders and more recently the Chiefs, was killed when the car he was driving hit a tree yesterday morning. The All Blacks, many of whom played alongside him, were shocked to learn of his death following their arrival in Washington after a 30-hour journey from the Gold Coast. Felicity...
News from the business sector, including a market report. [embed] https://players.brightcove.net/6093072280001/default_default/index.html?videoId=6277785083001
As Te Tai Tokerau prepares to move down alert levels, a Whangārei doctor is pleading with people to get vaccinated - saying the effects of not doing so, will be absolutely devastating. There are still around 45,000 people in Northland who have yet to have a single vaccine. Nationwide that figure is around 600,000. And with doctors already worried about the pressures they face, many are bracing for the devastation delta will cause our health systems if those vaccination rates don't rise. Anei...