Checkpoint. 2011-08-09. 17:00-18:00.

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Checkpoint FOR TUESDAY 9 AUGUST 2011
1700 to 1707 NEWS
FX CUT The sounds of sirens, looting and street fights across the British capital... and beyond as the rioting spreads from London out into other English cities. What began in the suburb of Tottenham at the weekend has spread to Hackney, Lewisham, Peckham, Croydon, Ealing, Stepney Green, and beyond to Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Bristol. Over the past 12 hours report after report came in of masked and hooded youths smashing into shops, setting buildings and cars alight, and clashing with riot police. A century-old furniture store went up, hit by arsonists in Croydon, south London, to the dismay of local landlord Alan McCabe. CUT And then came word around midnight of a still larger fire, this time in Enfield, north London. This woman, Eve feared for her son who works at a hotel nearby. CUT New Zealanders have been caught up in the violence. Laura Harris lives in Lavender Hill near Clapham Junction where police used armoured vehicles to push back 150 rioters. She got off the train last evening to find crowds smashing shop windows. Another expatriate watched as looters moved in. CUT
That was in Clapham, south of the Thames. This in Lewisham, a poorer suburb to the east, where people set fire to bins outside a police station. CUT An extra 17 hundred police have been rushed on to London's streets, coming up against rioters armed with bottles and stones - and coordinating their attacks through mobile phones. In Birmingham, which apart from London was worst hit, a police station was set alight and 100 people arrested after mass looting. The British Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his holiday to fly home to emergency meetings later today. The deputy mayor of London Kit Malthouse says they DON'T need the army to be called in. CUT The violence traces back to a peaceful protest in Tottenham on Saturday over the police shooting dead a suspect. But authorities are dismissing claims that poorer neglected suburbs are rising up in response to massive public sector cuts, and instead are labelling the rioters as mere criminals and anarchists. The cause is being argued over but Alan McCabe in Croydon says the fear is clear. CUT

For the latest from London we're joined now by the BBC's Naomi Grimley. LIVE

We heard briefly before from New Zealander Laura Harris who's living in Clapham Junction. And she joins us again now live. LIVE

Tonight the New Zealand sharemarket has clawed back some of its earlier losses, after falling by four per cent at one stage this afternoon. It closed the day down 87 points at 3097 - a loss of 2.75 per cent. Other major Asia-Pacific stock markets also nosedived but have pared back losses. It follows the 6 per cent drop on Wall Street overnight, on its first day trading since Standard and Poor's downgraded America's triple-A credit rating to double-A plus. For the latest on the markets, Brad Gordon - an investment advisor at McQuaries - is on the line. LIVE

MPs will hold a parliamentary inquiry into the price of milk, after the National Party caucus confirmed its support this morning. Political pressure has been building since last week's decision by the Commerce Commission not to press ahead with an investigation. On his way into Parliament today, Prime Minister John Key said select committees have the power to consider a wide range of matters. CUT The chairperson of Parliament's Commerce Committee, is Labour MP Lianne Dalziel. She says a week ago, she didn't think there would be such an inquiry. PRE REC
Ron Don, a man famous for his long service as a rugby administrator, and infamous for championing the 1981 Springbok tour of New Zealand, has died. Mr Don was 86 when he passed away peacefully this Saturday. William Ray reports. PKG
Fires are still burning across London, where rioting has spread to a swathe of suburbs, and also beyond to other big British cities. More than 300 people have been arrested in the capital, which is heading into its fourth day of unrest - while in Birmingham first outbreak of rioting overnight, 100 have been locked up. Liverpool, Manchester and Bristol have also been hit. Bristol's police chief, superintendent Jon Stratford says the looters won't get away with it. CUT The BBC's Peter Coulter has been out on the streets of Liverpool and joins us now. LIVE

In the U.S the investor panic that sent the stock market plunging six percent has seen renewed attacks on the ratings agency Standard and Poors over their historic downgrade of American government debt. The sell off on Wall Street was sparked by fears the credit rating move from triple A to double A plus could weaken consumer and business confidence pushing the economy back into recession
President Barak Obama says Standard and Poors has got it wrong.
CUT Steve Forbes - chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media was blunter. CUT A U.S Senate Banking Committee is now looking at whether it will hold an investigation into the downgrade. Michael Crittenden from the Wall Street Journal says criticism of the move by Standard and Poors is not over yet. PREREC

One hundred steel clips used to hold the railway tracks in place have been stolen from a rail line in the Auckland suburb of Takanini. The track was closed at the time, and the clips were replaced, but the police in Manukau are warning it could only be a matter of time before somebody gets killed. Senior Sergeant Mark Rowbottom is on the line. LIVE

Adidas is being sin-binned by political leaders, for its refusal to drop the price of New Zealand's Rugby World Cup jerseys. There has been outrage from the public that jerseys can be bought online and overseas for less than half the New Zealand cost. The retailer, Rebel Sport, dropped its prices by 15 per cent, and other retailers have quickly followed suit. Olivia Wix reports. PKG

Road safety specialists say new figures obtained by Radio New Zealand News show truck drivers are putting the lives at risk. It's been revealed that tens of thousands of trucks have been ordered off the roads in recent years for breaking safety rules. But the trucking industry says the figures need to be put into perspective.
Here's our transport reporter, Clint Owens. PKG
Nga mihi o te wa anei nga kohinga kōrero mai te Ao Māori


The iwi-led Independent Constitutional Working Group says a Treaty of Waitangi Commission is badly needed.

The Mana Party also wants a Commission, and for several years - the Māori Party has had a policy to appoint a Parliamentary Commissioner for the Treaty.

All want a body that scrutinises the rules that are made, and to ensure the benefits from treaty settlements trickle down to all tribal members.

The convenor of the Independent Constitutional Working Group, Margaret Mutu, says settlements are one-sided

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Margaret Mutu.


Auckland and Waikato tangata whenua representatives say the agencies charged with looking after the Hauraki Gulf need to step up and start improving the waterway.

The Hauraki Gulf Forum has released its third major report on the health of the Gulf.

It says large amounts of litter continue to enter the water, some common wading birds are declining and thirteen whales have been killed by entanglement in mussel spat lines or injuries consistent with being hit by a boat.

The Technical Officer for the Tangata Whenua group, Mike Baker, says it's worrying that three years on the state of the Gulf is still poor.

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Mike Baker says tangata whenua want to see a vast improvement in water quality.


Te Kohanga Reo Trust Board says it has been granted an urgent hearing by the Waitangi Tribunal.

The Board says the Crown is failing to protect the schools and staged a hikoi to parliament to deliver their claim to the tribunal last month.

Earlier this week the Board claimed the Government had disputed it's call for an urgent hearing, but the claim will be heard next week.

A Kohanga Reo trustee, Dame Iritana Te Rangi Tawhiwhirangi, says it needs to be heard now because the government has given no guarantee Kohanga will not be affected by proposed changed to early childhood education.

She says the claim is very important to the future of te reo Māori and the kohanga families.


A painting of the Ngati Raukawa chief Ihakara Tukumaru is expected to fetch up to 160-thousand-dollars at an auction in Auckland tonight (6.30pm).

The portrait is one of seventeen German painter Gottfried Lindauer (lin-dower) was commissioned to paint in Marton in 1882.

The aim of the project was to create a pictorial history of Māori at a time when it was thought they were dying out.

A director at the auction house, Webb's, Sophie Coupland, says Chief Tukumaru was an important member of the principal family of Ngati Ngarongo who signed the Treaty of Waitangi.

That's Te Manu Korihi news.

Two more Gulf states - Bahrain and Kuwait - have followed Saudi Arabia in recalling their ambassadors from Syria. As the BBC's Jonathan Marcus explains, there's a full-scale regional power struggle underway behind the scenes. PKG

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Year 2011

Reference number 159625

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Collection Sound Collection

Genre Radio news programs
Nonfiction radio programs
Radio programs
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Credits RNZ Collection
Wilson, Mary, Host
Radio New Zealand National, Broadcaster

Duration 01:00:00

Date 09 Aug 2011

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