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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February 26, 2021 2 min
A mammoth return-trip, criss-crossing the Tasman Sea, today for the Royal Australian Air Force.
They'll be flying from Sydney to Masterton - and back - to take part in this year's Wings Over Wairarapa.
Because of Covid-19, the crew will have to stay in the plane the whole time.
That means a round-trip of almost five thousand kilometres.
Squadron Leader John Ayers says the RAAF C-130J Hercules will conduct an " initial and p...
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Green MP Ricardo Menéndez March's partner's visa has been given the green tick by Immigration New Zealand.
After National MPs raised questions at a parliamentary select committee about whether it had been approved immigration officials double-checked they were right to approve it.
Head of Immigration Greg Patchell viewed the file and confirmed the application was processed in a "normal manner" and it was "treated ...
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Migration won't likely return to pre-Covid levels when the borders reopen.
Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi is telling businesses who've relied on migrant workers in the past to have a re-think.
The Government wants to prioritise upskilling New Zealanders.
Apples and Pears' Allan Pollard told Heather Du Plessis-Allan he doesn't expect this to impact the number of RSE workers coming in.
He says they believe the Minister ...
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Our latest Covid-19 community case worked at KFC Botany when they were potentially infectious.
The person's a household contact of our latest three positive cases, and returned to positive test in quarantine.
They could've been infectious when they working at the KFC store between 3.30pm on Monday and 12.30am the following day.
Customers who used the drive through are 'casual plus' contacts, and need to get tested tomo...
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Auckland's ageing Harbour Bridge can't take any more strengthening and traffic will need to be restricted in order to maintain its "structural integrity".
Waka Kotahi says the bridge has previously been strengthened several times but it is not possible to do it again due to the weight of the steel that would need to be added.
Instead, "active traffic management" will need to be introduced.
It is costing "mi...
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Looks like we finally have confirmation that even when the borders are open again, migrants will not be coming back here to work like they used to. 
Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi has pretty much told employers struggling without offshore owners while our borders are closed that this is not temporary, this will go on.  
I’m sure there will be plenty for Kiwis who cheer this news. And for some good reason. For too long we have allow...
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Simon Bridges has continued to dominate headlines this week.
Earlier this week, the National MP hit headlines for calling Police Commissioner Andrew Coster 'woke'.
They faced each other in today's Justice Select Committee's annual review of New Zealand Police.
Bridges read an email he'd received from one officer, which says they feel frustrated at the 'philosophical approach' Police are taking.
He pushed Cos...
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A2 Milk's share price dropped sharply after the company reported a drop in first half earnings.
By late morning, the stock was down $1.97 or 17.7 per cent at $9.16.
The company earlier said its net profit dropped by 35 per cent to $120m in the first half due to Covid-19 disruption in the unofficial daigou trade into China, and the flow-on impact of that on cross-border e-commerce channels.
At an operating level, a2 Milk's EBIT...
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Finance Minister Grant Robertson says "the Reserve Bank is now required to consider housing" when making monetary and financial policy decisions.
Changes have been made to the Bank's Monetary Policy Committee's remit requiring it to take into account government policy relating to more sustainable house prices, while working towards its objectives.
This announcement follows a letter Robertson wrote to RBNZ governor Adr...
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Air New Zealand has revealed a $72 million net loss for the six months to December 31 as it remains pinned down by travel restrictions in response to Covid-19.
The result follows a $454m loss for the 2019 financial year, which included a $338m write-down to the value of its long-haul fleet, and a $101m profit for the same six-month period a year ago.
The airline today reported an underlying loss before significant items of $185m for ...
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A court in China has ordered a man to pay thousands of dollars in compensation to his former wife for housework she shouldered during their five-year marriage, in a landmark divorce ruling that has sparked discussion in the country over the value of unpaid domestic duties.
Wang, a homemaker, demanded restitution equivalent to US$24,700 from her husband after he filed for divorce at a district court in Beijing in October. Wang said s...
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Senior National MP Simon Bridges clashed with Police Commissioner Andy Coster this morning, accusing him not doing enough about gangs in New Zealand.
Coster, however, did not roll over and launched a firm defence of Police when pushing back on Bridges' assertions.
Speaking to media after fronting to the Justice Select Committee this morning, Coster said he welcomed the "robust" debate which he said was "always appropr...
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Three Australian states are now requiring New Zealanders travelling into their country to undergo a mandatory stay in quarantine.
New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland have reimposed Covid restrictions for Kiwis flying into the eastern states following the Valentine's Day community outbreak, which stands at 11 cases.
Auckland has been officially labelled a hotspot by NSW Health, meaning all arrivals from the city will need to ...
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Far more New Zealanders could be soon be getting fluoride in their drinking water - but mayors seem divided on the move. 
The Government is expected to shift the decision over whether to fluoridate water from city and district councils to district health boards.
It could mean about 85 percent of the country having fluoride in water supplies, compared to 50 percent currently.
The law change could also reduce the highly charged debates ...
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A simple mix-up appears to be at the centre of a short-lived stoush between City Kickboxing and New Zealand Rugby.
The gym's co-founder and trainer Eugene Bareman, who trains six UFC fighters including middleweight champion Israel Adesanya at City Kickboxing in Auckland, revealed the UFC had been contacted over trademark issues around the use of the silver fern design that appears on the sleeves of UFC fighters' pre-fight sh...
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There's concern people will choose not to scan Covid-19 QR codes because they can't afford to go into self isolation.
More than 1000 people who were at Kmart Botany at the times of interest have been asked to stay home for 14 days.
Up to $585 per week is available for people who can't work because they need to isolate.
Auckland University's Des Gorman told Heather du Plessis-Allan he is disappointed the Government isn&...
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I think we might’ve struck on the very reason that we have this Covid outbreak in Auckland right now:  Families can’t afford to stay home and isolate for two weeks 
The government support money is too miserly. 
We’ve been told this is the very reason that families of Papatoetoe High School students didn’t isolate for the full two weeks they were supposed to: because they need money, so they have to work. 
And today, a guy called Jeff ...
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The Prime Minister's unimpressed with National's Simon Bridges calling lPolice Commissioner Andrew Coster a woke.
Bridges says Coster's putting being nice ahead of law and order.
But Jacinda Ardern, who appointed Coster to the job, says Bridges is departing from convention and a personal attack and is unwarranted.
She doesn't know what Coster's done to earn the rebuke and says it's unfair.
National leader Judith...
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After the shambles of KiwiBuild, now the government's proud track record on new social housing is being questioned.
It turns only half of the so called "new" public housing places are actually newly-built additional houses.
The government says it's on track to source 6850 places for families in need by the middle of the year.
But Stuff has crunched the numbers, and it turns out only 3500 are actually net new builds.
The...
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There are hopes we'll be in a position to see an Official Cash Rate increase next year.
The OCR remains unchanged at 0.25 per cent.
The Reserve Bank says prolonged monetary stimulus is needed, with the economic outlook looking highly uncertain due to Covid-19.
Kiwibank's chief economist Jarrod Kerr told Heather du Plessis-Allan they expect a rate hike from the central bank at the end of 2022.
"There's still a lot of ris...
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