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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May 26, 2022 3 min
Johnny Depp's defamation trial against Amber Heard is nearing a close – and it's been a pretty wild ride so far. 
Depp alleges that Heard defamed him by accusing him of domestically abusing her when they were a couple, which he denies. 
As we heard last hour, British supermodel Kate Moss today denied a longstanding rumour Depp had pushed her down a flight of stairs, and Depp took the stand to defend himself too. 
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Sacred Heart College's Principal is raising concerns about new school uniform guidelines. 
The Human Rights Commission has released non-binding standards, to help schools align their policies with the Bill of Rights. 
Patrick Walsh told Heather du Plessis-Allan he's uneasy about the freedom of political expression, which involves banning gang colours in some schools. 
“And we would want the support that if schools have bans on...
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Do we really need the Human Rights Commission to make guidelines on school uniforms? Shouldn't it be left up to schools to navigate this?  
Were you shocked when you read about China's potential deal with 11 Pacific Nations? 
The Police Minister revealed her big plan to deal with ram raids and it's worth 6 million dollars. 
A workforce consultant has recommended aligning work hours with school hours without any pay cuts. I...
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Matt Lodge reportedly received a 760k NZD golden handshake from the Warriors upon leaving the team. 
Aussie tennis bad boys Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic are having a fiery social media feud. 
D’Arcy Waldegrave, host of Sportstalk, joined Heather du Plessis-Allan. 
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Boris Johnson is clinging on despite claims of a cover up over the ABBA party in his flat. 
Welsh councillor quits over rumours he is Banksy. 
Police seize passports of 880 England soccer fans ahead of Germany match. 
UK correspondent Enda Brady joined Heather du Plessis-Allan. 
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Is it time for Spark to call time on Spark Sport? 
That's the question analysts are asking, given Telcos from around the world are now offloading their sports offerings. 
Jarden's head of research Arie Dekker says a managed exit also makes sense for Spark. 
Arie joined Heather du Plessis-Allan. 
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You might feel all doom and gloom when it comes to the i-word... Inflation. 
But are there actually already signs that things are looking up again. 
Sam Dickie from Fisher Funds joined Heather du Plessis-Allan. 
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Fonterra's announced its opening forecast farmgate milk price for the season. 
Zespri says global sales have exceeded four billion dollars for the first time. 
A quick tribute to one of NZ's leading, and most entrepreneurial, travel agents. 
Host of the Country Jamie Mackay joined Heather du Plessis-Allan. 
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Adrian Orr was in front of the Finance Select Committee being grilled about yesterday's decision to raise the Official Cash Rate. 
The OCR now sits at 2 per cent. And Adrian Orr forecast it's going to peak at 3.9 per cent by June next year. A significant jump.  
Liam Dann, the Herald's business editor at large, joined Heather du Plessis-Allan. 
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Inflation is on everyone's mind. Including small business owners. 
Wages are starting to grow at a faster rate now according to the Xero Small Business Index...  
Wages were up 4.8 percent year on year in April and jobs grew 3%. 
And of course, there has to be a but... Sales are down overall, proving people have started to tighten their purse strings.  
Charlie Nicholls, Xero's director of business growth, joined Heather du Ple...
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The opposition has called news of a deal between China and almost a dozen Pacific countries a catastrophe.  
The agreement includes provisions such as co-operation on “traditional and non-traditional security” and cyber-security, the provision of “high-level police training”, as well as putting “equal emphasis on development and security”.  
Gerry Brownlee, National's Foreign Affairs spokesperson, joined Heather du Plessis-Allan....
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The Police Minister is urging patience after at least nine shootings in Auckland over the past two days.
Poto Williams says police are working hard on the case and have made some arrests, but she hasn't given any detail. 
Several houses were damaged in what's believed to be tit-for-tat attacks between the Killer Beez and Tribesmen gangs yesterday and the day before.  
She told Heather du Plessis Allan they can't be hasty w...
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Still no confirmed meeting with Biden – but the PM spent the day touring the US Capitol. Who did she talk to? 
What did Jacinda Ardern say in response to China's deal with the Pacific nations? 
She’s doing the Harvard commencement speech tomorrow – what are you expecting? 
Newstalk ZB chief political reporter Jason Walls joined Heather du Plessis-Allan. 
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Penny Wong is in Fiji to combat China's influence in the pacific. 
Peter Dutton knows he has an image problem and is trying his best to fix it. 
Mark McGowan has gone after Daniel Andrews. 
Australia correspondent Murray Olds joined Heather du Plessis-Allan. 
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Winston Peters says we've known for some time a new infection has arrived in the Pacific....and we have to be aware of it. 
China has sent a draft security agreement to 10 Pacific countries, ahead of a meeting Foreign Minister Wang Yi is hosting in Fiji next week. 
Former Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters told Heather du Plessis-Allan this sort of outside offer of assistance gives the island nations options. 
“But if they’re...
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Sue Gray's big report is due... And this could be a tough day for Boris Johnson. 
Railway workers in the UK have voted to go on strike this summer. 
Why did the BBC have to apologise? 
UK correspondent Gavin Grey joined Heather du Plessis-Allan. 
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Rotorua Lakes Council has finally taken action on the emergency housing situation there. 
They've gone to the Environment Court to get enforcement orders against nine emergency accommodation providers. 
There have been concerns from the community that bad behaviour by emergency housing tenants is ruining Rotorua's reputation and scaring tourists off. 
Tania Tapsell is a Rotorua Lakes councillor. She joined Heather du Plessis-A...
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How did markets react to the OCR hike?
Katlyn Parker, Milford Asset Management, joined Heather du Plessis-Allan.
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Do you have a spare room? Do you live near a snowy mountain? Well, the local ski field owner may want to have a chat with you. 
Ski areas around the country are having to work with hostels and local homeowners to find accommodation for their staff. 
Workers at Cardona and Treble Cone have taken over an entire backpackers in central Wanaka.  
Laura Hedley, GM of Experience for Cardona and Treble Cone, joined Heather du Plessis-Allan. 
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The Reserve Bank is warning it's looking to go harder and faster than previously thought in its fight against inflation.  
Governor Adrian Orr increased the official cash rate by half a percent to 2 percent today... But with a warning that there's much more to come.  
Brad Olsen, Infometrics principal economist, joined Heather du Plessis-Allan. 
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