Episodes
Will prayer help the praying mantis? Are bees buzzy, drumming up enough support? Hu-hu do these beetles think they'll beat? Or have sandflies bitten off more than they can chew? The Bug of the Year campaign has begun - and it coincides with Otago's Museum's pollination workshop. Tess Brunton got amongst some creepy crawlies.  
Published 12/02/22
Wellington's tip shop is marking two and a half decades of turning trash into treasure. Opened in 1997 by locals, it's grown from two staff to twenty. Our reporter Kate Green and visual journalist Angus Dreaver paid them a visit.
Published 12/02/22
The Immigraton Minister's being asked to use his descretion to grant residency to a hungarian family that's been given just over a month to pack their bags and leave the country. The couple and their three children came here from Hungary 6 years ago on an entrepreneurs visa and now operate several businesses including a Kapiti restaurant. In a social media post the family says after more than half a decade and even more case managers they've been lost in the labyrinth of immigration and their...
Published 12/02/22
The Immigraton Minister's being asked to use his descretion to grant residency to a hungarian family that's been given just over a month to pack their bags and leave the country. The couple and their three children came here from Hungary 6 years ago on an entrepreneurs visa and now operate several businesses including a Kapiti restaurant. In a social media post the family says after more than half a decade and even more case managers they've been lost in the labyrinth of immigration and their...
Published 12/02/22
News from the business sector, including a market report. [embed] https://players.brightcove.net/6093072280001/default_default/index.html?videoId=6316448322112
Published 12/02/22
Remember the Farmer's Santa of Queen Street? For many years, the big red guy was propped up outside the Farmers department store in central Auckland every festive season. He lives in Wanaka now - but he's not altogether the Santa you might remember. Our Otago-Southland reporter Timothy Brown went to find him.
Published 12/02/22
Belgium and Germany have been knocked out of the Football World Cup - as the upsets keep on coming. Twelve of the 16 teams for the next round have now been locked in and there are few surprises from today's results. We're joined by sports reporter Felicity Reid. [embed] https://players.brightcove.net/6093072280001/default_default/index.html?videoId=6316446442112
Published 12/02/22
The piano man is about to become the first ever international performer to grace the stage at Eden Park. Billy Joel is in town to play on the hallowed grounds, which have been transformed from a cricket pitch to a concert venue. Checkpoint reporter Tom Taylor is outside the grounds. [embed] https://players.brightcove.net/6093072280001/default_default/index.html?videoId=6316447124112
Published 12/02/22
The piano man is about to become the first ever international performer to grace the stage at Eden Park. Billy Joel is in town to play on the hallowed grounds, which have been transformed from a cricket pitch to a concert venue. Checkpoint reporter Tom Taylor is outside the grounds.  
Published 12/02/22
A New Zealand woman, back from Australia for an extended Christmas holiday on the West Coast is in limbo after a freak accident at a supermarket carpark. Chelsea Ferguson is faced with the choice of saving or amputating her leg after it was crushed between a wall and a car. Adding to her stress - a dilema with ACC - with no guarantee her rehabilition will be funded if she returns home. Louise Ternouth reports.
Published 12/02/22
An independent report has recommended mandatory reporting of possible child abuse, following the death of five-year-old Malachi Subecz. But several experts have warned the mandatory system is not a solution to the problem.  However, Willow Duffy from the harm prevention charity Safeguarding Children supports mandatory reporting of suspected child abuse, saying right now there are lots of barriers stopping people speaking up.  
Published 12/02/22
'Do not trust anyone with your kids who aren't family'. The words of Malachi Subecz' mother, who from behind bars, says that's a harsh lesson she's learnt in the worst possible way. Malachi's mum trusted Michaela Barriball to care for her boy, when she was sent to jail. Barriball tortured, and murdered him. Today, some children's advocates say the five-year-old was not "invisible" in the months before he was murdered. They say there were not only red flags, there were flashing neon lights....
Published 12/02/22
"Invisible" is what murdered five-year-old Malachi Subecz had become, to the government agencies supposed to protect him. That's one of the findings of an independent review into his care and protection - it also makes 14 recommendations, including mandatory reporting of suspected child abuse and vettting of caregivers for the children of inmates. The five-year-old was tortured and murdered by Michaela Barriball, the woman Malachi's mother trusted to look after him when she was jailed. Whānau...
Published 12/01/22
After a few lean seasons, the New Zealand Breakers are back home and back at the top of the Australian NBL standings. At the halfway point in the season, the Breakers are leading the competition with 10 wins and three losses. It's a drastic turnaround from the same point last season when the basketball club had won just once. Tonight, the Breakers return to Christchurch Arena. Felicity Reid reports.
Published 12/01/22
Well the fatal stabbing of Sandringham dairy worker Janak Patel has reignited the debate about punishment versus rehabilitation for offenders. But a Waikato-based trust claims to provide a solution that's based on respect rather than retribution. Te Whāngai Trust is a native plant nursery and training centre, that welcomes people from all walks of life to learn new skills and get paid while they do it. Reporter Tom Taylor and camera operator Nick Monro have the story.
Published 12/01/22
Dairy owners wanting a subsidised smoke cannon to ward off would be robbers now have another option on the table. Entrepreneur Sir Ray Avery is offering dairy owners in the Auckland suburb of Sandringham, a free trial of a so-called wearable silent alarm. Shopkeepers under threat can hit the alarm on the watch, and it calls directly through to police despatch. Sir Ray Avery talks to Lisa Owen.  
Published 12/01/22
The political top dogs were in Hamilton today trying to scoop up votes for the upcoming by election. It's a situation Labour hoped to avoid - because it's shaping up to be a litmus test for next year's election, while National's busy painting itself as the underdog. Jonty Dine reports.
Published 12/01/22
News from the business sector, including a market report. [embed] https://players.brightcove.net/6093072280001/default_default/index.html?videoId=6316387615112
Published 12/01/22
The Christmas cheer has finally returned to Franklin Road, and the famous light show will be switched on again tonight. It's a hallmark of Auckland's festive season but the lights have been out for the last two Christmases because of Covid. That means the return of maybe the most festive street in the country has been hotly anticipated. Checkpoint reporter Louise Ternouth is live at Franklin Road.  
Published 12/01/22
Tributes are flowing for athletics legend Sir Murray Halberg, who has died aged 89. While known as a brilliant runner - the Olympic 5000m gold medallist was also widely regarded for establishing the Halberg Foundation, which supports children with disabilities in sport. RNZ's Clay Wilson has the details.  
Published 12/01/22
The first person in this country to ever been charged and convicted of sabotage is facing just over three years in prison. 62-year old Graham Philip was sentenced today in the High Court in Hamilton. The anti-Covid mandate campaigner damaged infrastructure owned by national-grid operator Transpower. Our reporter, Andrew McRae was in court.
Published 12/01/22
Children's Minister Kelvin Davis has acknowledged five-year-old Malachi Subecz would probably still be alive if Oranga Tamariki staff and other agencies had done their jobs properly. "It's quite likely that he would still be alive if all the agencies had done what they were meant to do." Davis told Checkpoint the senior social workers involved don't work for OT anymore. Two left on their own accord, he said. There was an employment process that happened and another left as a result of that.
Published 12/01/22
It's been confirmed that five-year-old Malachi Subecz was failed by multiple government agencies, something his family says it already knew. The little boy was tortured and killed by Michaela Barriball, the woman Malachi's mother trusted to look after him when she was jailed. Family members reported abuse to Oranga Tamariki - but their concerns was dismissed. That was in June 2021. By November he was dead. Now an independent review commissioned by agencies meant to protect Malachi has...
Published 12/01/22
A new player has joined the supermarket sector. Teddy is a grocery delivery app which says it can get groceries to your door in under 30 minutes. Reporter Jonty Dine and camera operator Marika Khabazi have the story.  
Published 11/30/22
Arguably some of us waste a fair bit of our working life dreaming of this - working less while still picking up the same pay cheque. Results of a new study suggest a four day working week rather than the traditional five is a win for businesses and their employees. More than 30 companies took part in a six month trial where staff got an extra day off work without a cut in pay; revenues went up, while resignations and absenteeism went down. Not for profit grou 4 Day Week Global coordinated the...
Published 11/30/22