Heather du Plessis-Allan Drive

Heather du Plessis-Allan Drive

With a straight down the middle approach, Heather du Plessis-Allan Drive on Newstalk ZB delivers the very latest news and views to New Zealanders as they wrap up their day.... Show More

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September 22, 2020 3 min
The number of coronavirus cases in the UK is doubling roughly every seven days, according to the country's chief scientific advisor, Patrick Vallance. If that rate continues to grow unabated, "by mid-October you would end up with something like 50,000 per day," which "could lead to 200 deaths a day" by November, Vallance warned at a Monday press briefing.
"If we don't act, the virus will take off," Va...
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The social enterprise 'Eat my Lunch' has undergone an incredible overhaul since the first lockdown, when suddenly it had no-one in offices to buy their lunches and no kids at school to deliver to.
This story is the type of nimble thinking we all can learn from.
Kellie Burbidge, general manager of Eat My Lunch, joined Heather du Plessis-Allan to discuss how they were able to pivot.
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A new political poll shows support for minor parties is moving about.
The latest One News Colmar Brunton poll puts Labour on 48 per cent, and National on 31.
Support has grown to seven percent - the highest the party has been on for 17 years - while the Green Party os on six.
Herald Political reporter Jason Walls told Heather du Plessis-Allan with New Zealand First on two per cent, it appears to be out of the picture.
He says it's ...
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The Government has made border exemptions to help industries crying out for workers.
They're allowing up to 30 veterinarians, 570 deep sea fishing crew, and 210 agricultural and horticultural mobile plant operators.
But they've prioritised industries that can demonstrate a plan to attract New Zealanders into their sector.
Immigration minister Kris Faafoi told Heather du Plessis-Allan it's what's needed now.
"When we...
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The AA is pushing for urgent action on transport between Auckland and the North Shore.
There's been continued widespread traffic delays in the Supercity due to the Harbour Bridge's partial closure.
Southbound lanes will close from 9pm tonight until 5am during repairs - and buses won't run in either direction on the bridge for that time.
AA spokesman Barney Irvine says the current bridge won't cater to population growth...
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Managed isolation in a luxury lodge could be possible under a National Government.
The party wants to bring private accommodation into the government-controlled network - boosting capacity to let in more workers, and eventually students and long-stay tourists.
Deputy leader Gerry Brownlee is assuring voters National would learn from Victoria - where problems in private managed isolation sparked a COVID-19 resurgence.
"I think it i...
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The debate around the cannabis referendum are heating up as the country gets closer to election day. 
A new ad from the Say Nope to Dope campaign has raised eyebrows, after suggesting drug driving will be legal if the public votes in favour of legalisation.
In the ad, a mum tells her kids that they will start driving once their Dad has finished his joint. 

Spokesman Aaron Ironside told Heather du Plessis-Allan that the ad is suggestin...
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Queensland will throw open its borders to five additional New South Wales Shires from next weekend.

The 41 postcodes that make up Byron, Ballina, Lismore, Richmond Valley, and Glenn Innes shires will be welcome in Queensland from 1am on October 1, with Queensland residents allowed to “travel freely” to those regions.
It comes as South Australia has announced it will officially open its borders to NSW as of midnight tomorrow.
Premier S...
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A "small group of whānau" are refusing to help police investigating the death of a baby boy in South Auckland.
Officers investigating the homicide of the 10-month-old child are calling for people to speak up, as some within the family have moved to not co-operate.
It comes after the child's death on Sunday, September 6, after police were called to an incident at a property in Manurewa the day before.
Counties Manukau Polic...
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If you live outside Auckland, I apologise, but we need to talk about the Harbour Bridge. Actually, you might even then be interested given the impact the bridge’s problem is likely to have on the country’s productivity. 
We know there is a loose plan to eventually sometime in the future build another harbour crossing, right?  But, does it surprise you to know that the plan may actually not include a road crossing? It might just be r...
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Heather du Plessis-Allan has returned from a long birthday weekend to discover the crime of the century! 
While away on Friday, a box of Heartland chips arrived for her - with at least eight bags inside. She let her producer take one bag, but when they arrived at work today, it turned out that all the other bags of chips had vanished.
And to make matters worse, one of the thieves had left a note!
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Finance Minister Grant Robertson has defened the country's elimination strategy. 
It comes after Air New Zealand chief executive Greg Foran questioned it in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald.
In it, Foran says he has shot down the idea of a transtasman bubble until March 2021, at the very earliest. 
"I certainly do not believe we will see anything across the Tasman this calendar year. It's hard to believe it woul...
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ZB Drive’s Business Spotlight this week is Silver Fox Management, a modelling agency representing models who are over the age of 30.
They're aiming to lead a movement for change, in a world where too many brands only use young models to represent their products.
Managing director Rebecca Swaney joined Heather du Plessis-Allan to discuss their vision, their typical models, and the untapped demand they are looking into.
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National's Finance spokesman Paul Goldsmith still feels his job is safe after making a $4 billion blunder to an economic plan.
National had used the Treasury's budget update to calculate that the party would "save" $19.1 billion by scrapping contributions to the NZ Super Fund.
But, National should have been using the Pre-Election Economic and Fiscal Update (Prefu) – which showed that the "saving" would have be...
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Auckland Mayor Phil Goff expects a new harbour crossing will be ready by mid-2030, as the current bridge faces days of repairs. 
Work could begin to temporarily fix Auckland's Harbour Bridge over several nights from tomorrow evening.
The four middle lanes are closed, causing big delays this morning - and doubling and tripling some journeys to the city.
NZTA's Brett Gliddon says a strut damaged on Friday will be repaired with a...
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Scott Morrison has all but confirmed income tax cuts will be brought forward in the budget after slamming a new advertising campaign arguing against the move as “taking money out of people’s pockets”.
The Prime Minister’s blunt response was triggered by a new national campaign to be launched by the left-wing think tank the Australia Institute today urging the Morrison Government not to fast-track income tax cuts in the October 6 bud...
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A solution for travel to and from Auckland's North Shore while the Harbour Bridge is broken.
People are being urged to use public transport to ease congestion - with four lanes closed on the bridge.
But for those with cash to spare, Helitranz is offering people an air commute - a $190 for a one way flight, depending on passenger numbers.
Co-owner Sofia Ambler told Heather du Plessis-Allan some have taken up the chance already.
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September 20, 2020 32 min
National's momentum has slowed after its $4 billion blunder.
The Party's promise to claw back $19.1 billion by ending Super Fund contributions was wrong - because Treasury's Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update only showed $15 billion.National Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith called it an "irritating mistake".
Bu NewstalkZB Political Editor Barry Soper told Heather du Plessis-Allan it's more than that.
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A data scientist who correctly predicted Donald Trump’s shock victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016 says the US President is currently on track to win again.
Professor Bela Stantic is the founder and director of Griffith University’s Big Data and Smart Analytics Lab, where he analyses social media data and sentiment to predict voters’ behaviour.
In the past, those predictions have been extraordinarily accurate.
Four years ago, Prof Sta...
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National’s tax policy is in a word, underwhelming.
Don't get me wrong, it's not ALL bad and you'd get it before Christmas if National gets in.
The lowest tax threshold goes up, from $14,000 to $20,000 saves you $35 tax a month.
The middle one takes a big leap - from $48,000 to $64,000 there's another $167 a month.
And the top rate won't kick in until $90,000, instead of $70,000.
So there's a gain for the average ...
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