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 24, 2020 7 min
The Green party co-leader is covering for one of his MPs - after a wealth tax blunder.
One of the Green's election policies includes a plan to make Kiwis with a net worth greater than one million dollars, pay one percent of their wealth to the Government - as a tax.
At yesterday's MYOB small business panel discussion, Green MP Julie Anne Genter told the group the wealth tax policy was a bottom line condition.
But today, James ...
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New Zealand Rugby Players' Association boss Rob Nichol isn't losing sleep over a potential player revolt, citing a lot of work still needs to be done for the Rugby Championship to go ahead.
A schedule has been released that New Zealand Rugby insist they did not authorise, which sees the All Blacks play their final match on December 12.
Based on current quarantining rules, players would need to isolate away from families on Ch...
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Profitable fruit pickers are being told to pay staff a proper rate if they want more staff.
Francie Perry says she wants to bring in strawberry pickers from the pacific islands, because there are not enough locals who can do the work.
Critics have said she should pay more to attract locals but Perry told Kate Hawkesby this morning how they pay.
“We calculate every last person’s productivity. If at the top end we’re paying $36 an hour,...
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A cool innovation story for you tonight, it's called Upstock, and it's an app which is making waves in the hospitality sector.
It's an online stock ordering system for bars, restaurants and cafes, which replaces the pretty-medieval pen and paper systems many use, reducing mistakes, waste and cost.Philip Fierlinger is Upstock's co-CEO and also the co-founder of Xero.
He joined Heather du Plessis-Allan for tonight's...
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The Green Party is insisting it doesn't have a bottom line in Coalition negotiations with the Labour Party. 
One of the Green's election policies includes a plan to make Kiwis with a net worth greater than $1 million pay one percent of their wealth to the Government as a tax.
At yesterday's MYOB small business panel discussion, Green MP Julie Anne Genter told the group the wealth tax policy was a bottom line condition.
But...
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Investigations continue after three people from the same family test positive for Covid-19.
31 people are self isolating after coming into contact with the trio on their travels to Taupo between September 18 and 20.
There, they met up with 18 others from five locations around the country.
Acting Director of Public Health Dr Harriette Carr told Heather du Plessis-Allan all have been, or are in the process of being, tested.
"What has...
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National's proposed changes to the Zero Carbon Act and significant shifts to the place of agriculture in the Emissions Trading Scheme have drawn scorn from Labour leader Jacinda Ardern.
She blasted National's agricultural policy this afternoon, calling it "backwards-looking," and "hugely disappointing".
"The policy that has been put out by the National Party would take New Zealand back decades," she to...
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Confessed rapist Bradley Robert Edwards has been found guilty of two murders in the Claremont serial killer case.
The mystery haunted Perth for more than 25 years until WA Supreme Court Justice Stephen Hall handed down his verdict on Thursday, bringing an end to the state's so-called "trial of the century".
Edwards, a former Telstra technician who called himself the "bogeyman" online, was convicted of murdering ch...
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The four northernmost regions in New Zealand now account for more than 50 percent of the country’s population.
Northland, Auckland, Waikato, and Bay of Plenty have collectively grown by 321,400 people between 2013 and 2019.
Massey University sociologist Professor Paul Spoonley says these figures are surprising.
"They grew in the last seven years by 321,000 people - that is a lot of people."
Spoonley says that, by 2030, 40 perce...
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Hopefully someone will fix the Rugby Championship draw so the All Blacks aren't stuck in quarantine on Christmas Day. 
It's already been reported that senior players with new babies or babies on the way won’t go if this happens. 
But the question is, if this can’t be fixed, should we expect those players to miss Christmas with their families? 
Absolutely we should. 
Arguably this might be most important competition these guys e...
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Voters looking for fireworks wouldn't have found them in last night's leaders debate.
Judith Collins and Jacinda Ardern went head-to-head for the first time on prime time TV this election.
Afterwards Ardern commented that politics is not a 'blood sport' - but this was a chance for them to show their policies.
A political expert observed Ardern took a positive approach - focusing on the need to help farmers be sustainab...
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The British government is defending its strategy for combating a second wave of coronavirus infections from criticism that new restrictions didn’t go far enough to stop the exponential spread of the virus.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled a slate of new rules on Tuesday to stem the renewed outbreak, including a 10 p.m. curfew on bars and restaurants, increased use of face masks and again encouraging people to work from home.
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The events and exhibition industry is on its knees, with seemingly no willingness from the government to help it find safe ways to operate under the Covid level system.
Organisers and exhibitors want help from the government to develop a plan to allow them to hold events during and up to level 2.5 restrictions.
Brent Spillane, managing director of XPO Exhibitions, told Heather du Plessis-Allan that the industry has put together a pla...
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Moves are underway in Niue to have the country move to the western side of the international date line.
The country is currently 24 hours behind New Zealand.
But the argument is getting Niue's date in line with New Zealand would be better for tourists and for businesses.
Niuean MP Terry Coe told Heather du Plessis-Allan that it would allow them to deal with New Zealand on the same day, rather than when its Friday for them and Satu...
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A fracture has been driven into the Greens-Labour Party relationship after the Greens demanded a wealth tax be part of any future Coalition government agreement.
The Greens election policies include a plan to make Kiwis with a net-worth greater than $1 million, pay 1 per cent of their wealth to the government as a tax.
Those worth more than $2m would pay out 2 per cent of their wealth as tax.
Greens MP Julie Anne Genter today told a N...
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When the first lockdown hit this country, Kiwi tech firm Joy Business Academy lost a monthly revenue stream of a million dollars, overnight.
At the same time, CEO James Coddington had 46 staff wanting to know if they still had a job.
So what did he do?
He went to the bank and asked for a million dollars to cover their wages for six months.
What happened next is the amazing story of what his staff then did for him.
Joy Business Academy C...
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Managed isolation won't be stopping one man from participating in this years Rotorua Marathon.
Finian Scott, who is currently in isolation in Rotorua, will be running the equivalent of a full marathon around the hotels 150 perimeter courtyard- a total of 300 laps.
He told Heather du Plessis-Allan he will have a strong support crew cheering him on.
"After two weeks in a hotel, you get to know the staff and your fellow inmates, ...
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Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern gas defend a comment she made on farming during last night's debate that has caused an uproar in the rural community
During last night's debate, while discussing sustainability in farming, National Party leader Judith Collins said: "[Farmers] feel like they have got the weight of the world on them" with regards to the push for the agriculture sector to become more sustainable. 
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The Reserve Bank has stuck to the script.
The OCR remains unchanged at a record low 0.25 per cent - in line with predictions from analysts.
The Official Cash Rate has remained unchanged since being slashed by 75 basis points in March -- as the pandemic was intensifying around the globe.
At the time, the Reserve Bank said it would remain there for the next 12 months.
The Central Bank has also left its bond buying cap at $100 billion - w...
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President Donald Trump says he expects to announce his pick for the Supreme Court on Friday or Saturday, after funeral services for Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
He told “Fox & Friends” on Monday that he had a list of five finalists, “probably four,” and that he is pushing for a confirmation vote before Election Day.
Trump disparaged reports that Ginsburg had told her granddaughter it was her wish that a replacement justice not be confirm...
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