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.


September 29, 2023 5 mins

A 16-year-old boy was arrested Thursday in northern England in connection with what authorities described as the “deliberate” felling of a famous tree that had stood for nearly 200 years next to the Roman landmark Hadrian's Wall.

Thousands of visitors each year walk along Hadrian's Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that guarded the Roman Empire's northwestern frontier. Many have paused to admire and photograph the tree at Sycamor...

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Trading in shares of heavily indebted Chinese property developer China Evergrande Group was suspended in Hong Kong on Thursday, according to a notice on the Hong Kong stock exchange.

China Evergrande said in a notice on Thursday night that authorities had informed the firm that its chairman, Hui Ka Yan, had been subjected to “mandatory measures in accordance with the law due to suspicion of illegal crimes" and said that trading in...

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No surprise at all, this year's Mood of the Boardroom survey has shown that businesses are extremely disappointed in the Labour government.

But it also shows nervousness over whether National will be decisive enough to turn the economy.

In the CEO’s ranking, Christopher Luxon beat Chris Hipkins, but with an average of 3.5 points out of 5, Luxon looks far from a candidate that has the business team excited.

Dentons chair Hayden W...

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The All Blacks are back in Rugby World Cup action in a do-or-die clash with Italy.

They go in as overwhelming favourites, but a loss would see the All Blacks join Australia in the departure lounge.

A suggestion that New Zealand netballers should be allowed to play overseas.

An Australian netball commentator has made the call, for the good of keeping up the quality with the opposition.

The Warriors endured mixed fortunes at the ...

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The All Blacks are back in action tomorrow morning at the Rugby World Cup.

The near-full-strength team will go into their clash with Italy in Lyon as overwhelming favourites.

But if they somehow find a way to lose, their Rugby World Cup campaign will be over.

Sky Sport rugby commentator Tony Johnson joined Heather du Plessis-Allan.


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It’s official - El Nino has begun.

The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) announced the start of the weather cycle in its Season Climate Outlook for October to December today.

It increases the likelihood of “dramatic” temperature swings in these months, the outlook says, bringing periods of unseasonably warm weather followed by sharp, cool southerly winds.

There’s a higher chance rainfall will be lower t...

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Questions are being raised about why Weet-Bix is no longer being supplied to The Warehouse.

The Commerce Commission's looking into Sanitarium's decision after it cited a ‘shortage’ for pulling the product from the red shed’s shelves.

Woolworths and Foodstuffs say they haven't had any conversations with Sanitarium about the move.

Grocery Commissioner Pierre van Heerden told Heather du Plessis-Allan it's unusual behaviour, and he ...

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Nicola Willis says saving taxpayers' money isn't her party's primary motivation for a plan to index benefits to inflation.

She recommitted to the pledge in National's fiscal policy today, which promises less Government spending and less debt.

Willis told Heather du Plessis-Allan the benefit moves are a point of principal for National.

“That what we owe all New Zealanders is a social safety net – that’s what benefits are there fo...

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National has released its fiscal plan ahead of the election.

But the operating allowance is the biggest difference between it and Labour’s – with Labour having $3.5 billion to National’s $3.2 billion.

National has also allowed a $9.9 billion buffer for anything extraordinary like a natural disaster.

Finance Minister Nicola Willis has also said they will do a mini-budget ahead of Christmas if elected.

But National’s potential co...

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House Republicans launched a formal impeachment hearing Thursday against President Joe Biden, promising to “provide accountability” as they probe the family finances and lucrative business dealings of his son Hunter and make their case to the public, colleagues and a skeptical Senate.

The chairmen of the Oversight, Judiciary, and Ways and Means committees used the opening hearing to review the constitutional and legal questions in...

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It’s do-or-die time for the All Blacks, if they want to keep their Rugby World Cup hopes alive.

Despite bringing out a largely full-strength team, a loss to Italy would all but spell an end to their campaign.

Breakers captain Tom Abercrombie is set to make his 400th appearance for the Breakers.

Last year’s NBL runners-up are set to get their campaign underway this weekend, with the 36-year-old Abercrombie leading them out agains...

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An Australian netball commentator reckons we need to change the rules and let New Zealand netballers play in teams across the ditch if they want to.

The hope is to try and help the Silver Ferns keep up with international-level netball, considering how the national team is doing - losing the first match of their Taini Jamison series to England’s development team.

Netball commentator Sue Gaudion joined Heather du Plessis-Allan.


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A British Airways pilot was sacked from his job after allegedly snorting cocaine before he was due to fly a plane back to London.

An air hostess raised the alarm after the pilot, Mike Beaton, texted her to brag about his night of partying.

UK correspondent says the air hostess clearly felt the need to alert authorities about possible risks to the passengers.


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Tonight on The Huddle, Tim Wilson from Maxim Institute and Ali Jones from Red PR joined in on a discussion about the following issues of the day- and more!

Luxon and Hipkins went head to head in their second leaders debate last night - who do you think won? Do you think debates convince any voters or are they for entertainment only?

Winston Peters is gaining momentum in the polls- will National need to rely on the extra boost fro...

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The Wellington protest has wrapped up peacefully.

Around 2000 people marched from Civic Square to Parliament today as part of Brian Tamaki's Freedom and Rights Coalition demonstration.

Police say 100 officers were on duty, with no reported issues.

Roads around Parliament had been shut off due to the protest, with office workers warned to work from home today.

Tamaki says the police and media overreacted.

"I always said that it...

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ASB's latest rural report warns New Zealand's farming community is set to keep having their resilience tested.

The report says farmers are in for another challenging 12-18 months, as commodity prices drop and China's economic downturn carries risks for several Kiwi rural sectors.

The Country's Jamie Mackay says New Zealand's dairy, lamb and forestry sectors have already taken a hit from China's economic decline.


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The uptick in strikes across the world has generated awareness about the impact of organised labour.

This week has been a big one for unions, after the Writers Guild of America reached a deal with entertainment studios to bring an end to the Hollywood writers' strike.

Sam Dickie from Fisher Funds explains why more workers are coming together to address concerns- and what that means for investors.


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Westpac has hiked their mortgage rates up again, joining Kiwibank and BNZ.

From tomorrow, Westpac is lifting its standard rates for its two-year and four-year mortgages to 7.59 percent and 7.19 per cent respectively, up 10 basis points.

The 18-month and five-year standard home loan rates have been bumped up 14bp to 7.69 percent and 6.99 percent respectively.

NZ Herald business editor at large ...

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A parliamentary committee is investigating the Australian Government's decision to block extra Qatar Airways flights.

The committee aims to compel Transport Minister Catherine King to give evidence, and chair Bridget McKenzie has threatened jail time if former Qantas CEO Alan Joyce doesn't appear.

Australian correspondent Murray Olds says it has emerged that Qantas lobbied hard to stop Qatar Airways from increasing their flights.


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Winston Peters could be the one benefiting most from Labour and National's coalition squabbles.

In last night's Leaders Debate, Labour's Chris Hipkins dug into National's Chris Luxon over his plans to work with New Zealand First, if needed.

Newstalk ZB Editor Jason Walls says the more Peters is discussed, the more his vote share will increase.

He says this could leak votes from National and Act, who need to step up.


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