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.

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September 21, 2021 2 min
Increasing the fines for breaching covid rules is a nonsense isn’t it?   
The PM cannot seriously expect us to buy this.  
This is clearly designed to make it look like her government is cracking down on lockdown rule breakers when they’re doing nothing of the sort.   
   
The Prime Minister announced this afternoon that fines are going up   
On-the-spot fines for individuals who break the rules will go from 300 dollars to 4000 dollars....
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A poll commissioned by Team New Zealand shows that 3/4 of Kiwis do not want the cup defended here in New Zealand if it costs the taxpayer more money.  
This poll contradicts the one from Mark Dunphy, which puts the opposition to extra taxpayer funding at only 45% with us now as a UTI.  
Sailing commentator Mark Orams doesn’t put much credence in either poll. 
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How about KFC with the side of vaccinations? 
Auckland councillor Josephine Bartley has floated the idea of taking the vaccination buses to the takeaway queues from tomorrow to offer people the jab while they wait. 
She spoke to Heather du Plessis-Allan about whether the idea might take flight. 
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Alert Level Three is a welcome change for Auckland businesses -- but there's still a tough road ahead.
The region moves down alert levels from 11.59 tonight -- and with it comes the introduction of click and collect services.
Auckland Business Chamber chief executive Michael Barnett says businesses are over it.
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The elimination strategy is looking less and less viable.
There were 14 new cases in the community today, one not yet linked.
Experts agree the decision to ease restrictions in Auckland was a line call and fear numbers will track back upwards.
Melbourne Epidemiologist Tony Blakely says New Zealand is echoing events in Melbourne and New South Wales.
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Correction's top boss claims staff couldn't have stopped a remand prisoner being picked up with three people in the car.
The man was collected at Auckland's Mount Eden Prison and driven to his bail address in upper Waikato.
He later tested positive for Covid and has passed the virus onto four household members.
The Corrections Minister says the court rules were for one, specified family member to pick him up, but Parliamen...
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Disagreement from MPs voting this afternoon on a new terror prevention law.
The Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill has its second reading today.
Act Party Leader David Seymour says his Party is voting against it, concerned the process is being rushed.
But National Party Counter-Terrorism Spokesperson, Mark Mitchell, disagrees, and says this needed to happen.
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After this move to level 3 today, we all need to accept the possibility that we never get rid of covid in the community again.  Today might be the day we ended the so-called “elimination” strategy.  
Clearly, getting us back to zero is no longer the sole focus of this government   
If it was -  if their aim was to stamp out this outbreak altogether – Auckland would be staying in level 4 until we got to zero or close to it. 
But we’re ...
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Auckland will move to alert level three from midnight tomorrow.
Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson says he's feeling confident that the situation for Auckland is still a level with plenty of restrictions in it.
He says some people can go back to work, a few people will be moving around, but it is still a restrictive level - with bubbles still in place and schools largely not open.
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A top businessman is urging the Government to ease demand on MIQ by allowing loosening travel restrictions.
More than 25-thousand people logged into a virtual lobby today to clamour for one of three-thousand MIQ vouchers.
It was the first room release in weeks -- and only four-thousand more will be released each fortnight until Christmas.
Animation Research Limited Chief Executive Sir Ian Taylor says it's made it near impossible t...
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The New Zealand Breakers have agreed to release Tai Webster after the star guard refused the Covid-19 vaccine.
Webster, the breakout star from last season, inked a new two-year contract with the Breakers in July but will no longer be with the club after he decided not to get vaccinated due to "personal reasons".
Breakers owner Matt Walsh says the decision was mutual.
The Breakers look set to start the upcoming ANBL season sche...
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Waikato District's Mayor says it's an unsettling time for communities impacted by a "bespoke" Alert Level Four.
A Section 70 notice is now in place for people who live, work or have travelled through the Mangatangi area since September 8.
It obliges them to stay home at least five days, to allow testing and contact tracing.
It comes after a Covid-positive prisoner was remanded to the area, and three household contacts ...
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An expert says the million-dollar question is how long Auckland will stay in Level Three.
The region moves down a level from midnight tomorrow.
Covid-19 modeller Shaun Hendy says contact tracers have had an epic five weeks, and it's now in their hands to close out this cluster.
He says we'll know in a couple of weeks whether that's worked.
Hendy says the alternative is an extended level three while we wait for vaccine rollo...
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The America's Cup may just return to New Zealand after all.
After the deadline for hosting was delayed with no solid deal in place, Mark Dunphy has made a formal offer to Team NZ and Grant Dalton to host the next competition in Auckland.
Meanwhile, ahead of the weekend's Rugby Championship, former England coach Sir Clive Woodward has slammed South Africa's style of play.
Woodward, who coached England to the 2003 World Cup,...
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Italian workers in both the public and private sectors must display a health pass to access their workplaces from Oct. 15 under a decree adopted Thursday by Premier Mario Draghi’s broad-based coalition government.
The measures are the first by a major European economy requiring proof of vaccination, a recent negative virus test or recovery from COVID in the previous six months for all categories of workers.
“The Green Pass is an inst...
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The Indonesian Government is planning to ban backpackers from travelling to Bali when their borders reopen.
They're aiming for 'quality tourism’ so won't allow backpackers to enter the island. 
Travel agent Rosann Conolly told Heather du Plessis-Allan it'll be interesting to see if Bali can sustain this.
“You need to look at the likes of Kuta. Now this is largely a backpackers market. What will this region be suffering...
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New Zealand's none too pleased at the prospect of nukes in our waters.
The United Kingdom, United States and Australia have signed a three-way military deal to counter Chinese influence in the Asia Pacific.
The first initiative is to supply nuclear submarine technology to Australia.
Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta told Heather du Plessis-Allan the Pacific has a long held position of staying nuclear-free.
“We’ve expressed thi...
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A Kiwi businessman is adamant the next America's Cup will stay in New Zealand.
An entity linked to former investment banker Mark Dunphy is offering to provide short term funding to defend the Auld Mug in Auckland.
Dunphy told Heather du Plessis-Allan they've made a formal proposal to Team New Zealand and chief executive Grant Dalton.
“There are communications and we’re just so keen to get around the table with them. No interme...
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American officials are defending a new deal to provide Australia with nuclear-powered submarines after French officials expressed frustration over the agreement's effect on an existing multibillion-dollar defense deal.
The effort to provide Australia with nuclear-powered submarines -- a major step toward countering China as President Joe Biden works to build international backing for his approach to Beijing -- is part of a new t...
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An Auckland Cafe owner's grilling Government for not shifting Auckland's school holidays.
The Education Ministry says sticking with the rest of the country is less disruptive to educators and learners and means term four won't be extended.
But parent, and owner of bagel-chain Goodness Gracious, Greg Cornes isn't pleased.
He told Heather du Plessis-Allan having to balance reopening the business with kids at home will be...
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