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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New Zealand's new electronic travel authorities hasn't worked in its first two weeks - and the Immigration Minister has kept quiet about it. ETAs became compulsory on October 1 for visitors from about 60 countries to help speed things up at the border. Hundreds of passengers have been able to enter the country without ETAs, and they're not required to pay the $35 for a tourism and conservation levy. Tourism Aotearoa CEO... Read more

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It might not be the end of the Whenuapai air force base saga. Defence Minister Ron Mark's used a last resort power to over-ride an Environment Court ruling for the purposes of national security. The Court had ruled in favour of Neil Construction, saying the Air Force should stop the loud night time engine testing disturbing neighbours. Mark told Heather du Plessis-Allan Neil Construction can appeal his move, but hopes it doesn&... Read more

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It's come too late for the New Zealand cricketers, but the boundary countback rule will no longer be used to decide tied Super Overs, according to reports Cricinfo reports the ICC has made the change on the basis of recommendations from its myriad committees after the Black Caps lost the World Cup final to England by zero runs at Lord's in July. England won because they had scored 26 boundaries to New Zealand's 17. Supe... Read more

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Deputy Prime Minister and New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters has warned unionists that any future attacks on the Government won't work. He also called out unions for sitting on the sidelines under the previous National Government when it came to workers' rights, but who are now attacking the current Government. Peters also took credit for the increases in the minimum wage, saying New Zealanders had his party to thank, ... Read more

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Turkey's Ambassador to New Zealand has criticised the United States of America's stance as the situation at the Turkish-Syria border escalates. Kurdish forces are struggling to contain ISIS fighters at camps in north-east Syria, with hundreds of fighters and supporters having escaped from camp sites since the start of Turkey's offensive in the region. The former US allies are now getting help from Syrian government forc... Read more

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University halls of residence could face penalties of up to $100,000 under new laws announced after a student in Christchurch lay dead for at least four weeks without being found. Education Minister Chris Hipkins on Monday said the Government would be introducing a new mandatory code of practice that would set out the duty of pastoral care tertiary providers owed to pupils. "The recent death at a student hall of residence in Ch... Read more

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New Zealand Rugby says it's nailed the big one in its renewed partnership with Sky TV. Sky has extended its SANZAAR broadcast deal until 2025. New Zealand Rugby will also become a five percent shareholder in Sky. CEO Steve Tew says it gives the organisation a real sense of financial security. "We know how much money we're now going to have from our broadcasting for the next five years, and we can plan for our future wit... Read more

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Environmentalists are sending a clear message to Government - don't light up our litter.  The Zero Waste Network group's launched a campaign petitioning Environment Minister David Parker to decline incinerator applications. Chairman Marty Hoffart says it's a response to international corporates showing interest in setting up here. "It makes it okay to keep making all this lousy packaging and all this plastic because... Read more

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Kiwis league prop Nelson Asofa-Solomona faces serious repercussions after a brawl outside a Bali nightclub. The Daily Telegraph is reporting that Asofa-Solomona has told Melbourne Storm officials he became involved in a fight after his team mate Suliasi Vunivalu was king hit. A video running with the story shows a man alleged to be Asofa-Solomona throwing a number of big punches. NRL.com reported that footage of the incident was sp... Read more

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Immigration New Zealand will work on all the recommendations from a report prompted by the Karel Sroubek case. Minister Iain Lees-Galloway granted the convicted drug smuggler residency, then changed his mind after more information came to light. MBIE Chief Executive Carolyn Tremain told Heather du Plessis-Allan the review found their processes are broadly working, but steps could be taken to stop it happening again. "That inclu... Read more

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Parents are being urged to limit their children’s use of personal devices. A youth hearing loss screening programme revealed as many as a third of year 9 students have abnormal hearing. 28 percent of students screened at Auckland's Manurewa College said they listened to music at maximum volume for more than three hours a day. That's despite the World Health Organisation's recommendation of no more than six minutes a wee... Read more

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Scientists have singled out New Zealand as a potential "ark" to reboot civilisation if a deadly pandemic swept the planet. In a study just published in the international journal Risk Analysis , researchers found that New Zealand, along with Australia and Iceland, could serve as "lifeboats" to help humanity recover from a full-scale extinction event. One of the authors, Professor Nick Wilson of Otago University, said... Read more

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If you’re a parent and you gave permission for your child to go on the climate strike today. I’d like to ask you a question: How scared is your child? I’m sure not all the kids who went on strike today are scared of climate change. Some would’ve gone along on strike because it was the thing to do today. But some of the kids who went on strike today are really scared. I heard a young person on the radio this morning saying billions ... Read more

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It is hoped a new returns scheme for drinks containers would see Kiwi recycling rates lift from around 50 to 80 per cent. An estimated two billion single-use beverage containers are sold in New Zealand each year with only about half of them recycled. However, work has begun on a container return scheme (CRS) that aims to significantly change the way bottles are recycled. Just under $1 million from the Waste Minimisation Fund will b... Read more

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School deciles could be a thing of the past within three years. School funding is set for the biggest shake-up in a generation with a new "equity index" to replace the current decile system from 2021 or 2022. Education Minister Chris Hipkins says deciles are a very blunt tool. He says it seems crazy not to use the available information for identifying where the most disadvantaged students are. The in-principle Cabinet decis... Read more

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Interim retirement commissioner Peter Cordtz joins Heather du Plessis-Allan to talk about a proposal from the Retirement Commission. They have proposed for tax payers to pay into the KiwiSaver accounts of stay-at-home Mums. Called a 'care credit' it aims to close the gender pension gap as women typically enter retirement worse off financially than men. Cordtz says KiwiSaver's an employer-based scheme, so anyone who has ... Read more

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Christchurch mayoral candidate John Minto joins Heather du Plessis-Allan to talk about Christchurch councillor Deon Swiggs' revelation. Swiggs revealed this afternoon that he is the focus of the investigation. "I am the Christchurch City councillor being referred to in the media," he said. Dalziel says she's known of the claims since May, but says their seriousness has only just been revealed to her. Mayoral candida... Read more

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September 23, 2019 3 min

Hamilton Hindin Greene investment adviser Jeremy Sullivan joins Heather du Plessis-Allan to talk about Spark Sport's issues during the All Blacks-Springboks Rugby World Cup match on Saturday. The Continued disruptions could see Spark investors demanding answers. The share market dipped this morning before recovering later in the day. Investment advisor Jeremy Sullivan says ongoing issues and significant cost outruns could raise... Read more

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September 23, 2019 8 min

Legendary musician Mick Fleetwood, from the band Fleetwood Mac, joins Heather du Plessis-Allan. Fleetwood's just wrapped up a tour of New Zealand with his band and is sticking around for a charity event along with Sir Bob Geldof. Kiwi musician Neil Finn, who is part of Fleetwood Mac and good friends with Fleetwood, is heavily connected to the charity.

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Instagram has announced tighter restrictions on some posts related to diet products and cosmetic surgery. The social media platform says age restrictions will be applied to some posts on both Instagram and Facebook, while others will be removed. Concerns have been raised about the impact that diet, detox and cosmetic surgery content can have on young people. Posts promoting the use of certain weight-loss products or cosmetic proced... Read more

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