Checkpoint. 2002-06-18

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Snow has continued to fall in the South Island, cutting roads, closing schools in Canterbury and Otago and leaving thousands of homes without power or water. And as night falls, authorities are bracing themselves for an overnight freeze which could see already-treacherous roads become even more dangerous. John MacDonald filed this report. PKGE
Nurses in Auckland have voted overwhelmingly to strike in protest at their current pay offer. A majority of nurses from all three of Auckland's District Health Boards have agreed to strike for four hours on July the 9th. This will be followed by a two week ban on overtime and a 48 hour strike. The head of the Nurses Organisation James Ritchie joins me now. LIVE
A Solomon Islands magistrate has found that the death of New Zealand diplomat Bridget Nichols was a freak accident. Ms Nichols died from a knife wound outside her home in Honiara in March. Following a two month long inquiry, police announced her death was not suspicious - after holding a hearing into the case, magistrate David Chetwynd today agreed. I asked him how Ms Nicholls died. PREREC
The standard of medical laboratories at Dunedin Hospital is being strongly criticised in an official report. International Accreditation New Zealand, which oversees laboratory technical standards, reviewed seven of the hospital's labs - as a result, it's suspended accreditation of two of them. The Otago District Health Board is now under pressure to improve the situation as Sarah Azam reports. PKGE
The Deputy Prime Minister, Jim Anderton, is now officially leader of the new [illegible] Coalition Party after his acrimonious split with the Alliance. Mr [illegible] and three other former Alliance MPs waited until parliament was formally dissolved at midday before signing up as members of the new party. That way they avoided conflict with the anti-party hopping legislation. I asked Mr Anderton what hope there is for the Progressive Coalition with the election less than six weeks away. PREREC
A court has just heard why one of the men accused of the Auckland RSA triple murder had his work experience at the club terminated early. Darnelle Tupe and William Bell are charged with three murders, the attempted murder of a fourth person and the aggravated robbery of the Mt Wellington-Panmure RSA. Brad Markham is there - he joins us now. LIVE
The secondary teachers union, the PPTA, has been holding another round of stopwork meetings this afternoon to discuss their continuing industrial action. Some teachers say they have voted to ignore the union's directive to stop rostering children home and will continue with the action. Teachers at Auckland's Orewa College passed a vote of no-confidence in their union president, but so far there have been no further reports of such a move spreading. I spoke to two teachers from Auckland's James Cook High School, Peter Hardcastle and Rosalyn Daniel about their meeting, asking Mr Hardcastle what teachers are now seeking. PREREC
A man who shot and killed a friend when he was a teenager 37 years ago and said at the time it was an accident has been sentenced in the High Court in Invercargill today.
Roger Cecil Wilkinson had pleaded guilty to manslaughter - he's been convicted and discharged and ordered to pay 750 dollars to the Cancer Society. Our reporter Maureen Lloyd has been at court - she joins us now. LIVE
Overseas - another suicide bomber has just struck in the Middle East, killing several people and injuring many others.
Police say a Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up on a bus in Jerusalem near a shopping mall. CNN producer Miguel Zipori filed this report from the scene of the blast. CUT
At the same time as sentencing for serious crime becomes an election issue, the Crown is asking the Court of Appeal to order that the convicted offenders in two recent, high profile murders be kept behind bars longer. The Crown is asking that the 15 year minimum non-parole period given Flaxmere man Dartelle Alder for running down, raping and murdering Wellington jogger Lynnie Baxter should be increased to 18. It also wants the 13 years non-parole period imposed on Dunedin psychiatrist Colin Bouwer for murdering his wife by poisoning her with prescription drugs, should go up to 15 years. Our Court Reporter Merle Nowland has been listening to the arguments and joins me now. LIVE
Thousands of disabled children arent getting the health services they need, according to a survey of their parents.
The Statistics New Zealand study is the fifth in a series on disabilities and focuses on children up to 14 - Christine Cessford reports. PKGE
Police are disappointed by Tokoroa residents' lack of response to pleas for help in solving the killing of a man in the North Island timber town. 31-year old Jaden Paora's body was found beside a church in the town - he had been severely [illegible] in what police describe as a sustained attack early Saturday morning. Senior Sergeant Steve Bullock told me the lack of public response is disappointing. PREREC

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Date 18 Jun 2002

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