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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October 28, 2020 3 min
A New Zealander in a Bali prison has written to the Prime Minister appealing for help amid fears he will die in there from Covid-19.
Antony de Malmanche is in Kerobokan Prison for drug trafficking after being sentenced in 2015. The former Whanganui man is serving a 15-year sentence after being caught with 1.7kg of methamphetamine in his backpack when he arrived in the country in 2014.
His lawyer Craig Tuck told Heather du Plessis-All...
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New fuel in the debate over the government's planned minimum wage rise.
Business owners have been arguing for months that the upcoming increase in April to $20 an hour is the wrong thing at the wrong time.
Now, ANZ Chief Economist Sharon Zollner is adding her voice to that.
Zollner told Heather du Plessis-Allan that low wage earners have been hit hard by Covid-19, as they often work in sectors that had been hardest hit.
However, th...
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Wellington's central library will be saved.
The city council has just voted to strengthen the existing building, rather than demolish it.
The original cost to complete the work was estimated at $200 million, but that's been revised down to $179 million.
Public consultation revealed residents preferred knocking the building down and rebuilding.
But Mayor Andy Foster says restoring the existing library is the right choice for Wel...
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Newstalk ZB and TVNZ host Jack Tame is in America to cover the US election. He joined Heather du Plessis-Allan to discuss how the final week of the campaign is shaping up. 
Joe Biden travelled Tuesday local time to the hot springs town where Franklin Delano Roosevelt coped with polio to declare the U.S. is not too politically diseased to overcome its health and economic crises, pledging to be the unifying force who can "restore ...
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The formation of the next Government continues to take place behind closed doors in the Beehive but the content of what is being discussed remains a mystery.
Greens co-leaders James Shaw and Marama Davidson this afternoon gave little away in terms of what was on the table with Labour.
But Davidson did reveal that both parties were "getting towards the end" of their Government-forming talks.
"That indicates that we're m...
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A newborn baby at the centre of the Doha airport strip-search scandal was found in plastic bag and "buried under garbage" in a trash can, the Qatar Government has revealed.
In a statement released today the government says the baby girl was rescued from "what appeared to be a shocking and appalling attempt to kill her".
The infant is now safe under medical care in Doha.
"This egregious and life-threatening violatio...
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An Auckland supermarket has been fined almost $80,000 for price discrepancies between the promotional price displayed or advertised - and the price charged at the till.
Pak'nSave Māngere, operated by Kennedy's Foodcentre 2003 Ltd, has been slapped with a fine of $78,000.
It earlier pleaded guilty to six charges of making false and/or misleading representations about price, under the Fair Trading Act, the Commerce Commission s...
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I want to talk about Chris Liddell.
It is entirely possible that the NZ government may never actually have to choose whether it wants to support Chris Liddell in his bid for the secretary general’s job in the OECD 
It’s entirely possible that if Trump loses the election, Liddell’s nomination goes nowhere because his sponsor is out of the White House.
It may be also be that he isn’t the best candidate for NZ to back. 
He might not actua...
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Listen above as David Farrar and Shane Te Pou discuss the day's news with Heather du Plessis-Allan on The Huddle
President Donald Trump's nomination of his Kiwi staffer for the OECD top job has divided New Zealand's political parties.
Chris Liddell, who was born in Matamata and went to Mt Albert Grammar, has been put forward by Trump to the position of Secretary General of the OECD.
Liddell currently serves as assistant to...
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The central England city of Nottingham is the latest part of England to be put under tightened restrictions as part of a three-tier system to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
The news came as Britain announced 102 new deaths of people with COVID-19. Its official total is almost, 45,000, the highest toll in Europe.
Local authority leaders in Nottingham say the city and parts of the surrounding county of Nottinghamshire will move to...
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Founders of a "ground-breaking" new app launching in Auckland today are promising to put New Zealand on the map for providing the best healthcare in the world.
It comes after reports of a looming healthcare crisis with nearly half of the country's GPs expected to retire in the next eight years. Since the Covid-19 pandemic hit New Zealand, there have also been multiple reports from health experts saying people are too sca...
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Spark's decision to bundle Sky Sport Now, at a discount, with its own Spark Sport could be "the first white flag" in its media strategy, Jarden head of research Arie Dekker says.
In Dekker's view of the six-month deal, "there is a distinct possibility that this is the first step in a process in which Spark can offload its sporting rights".
Dekker has been a long-time sceptic of Spark's push into content. W...
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The sale of Wellington's National Library books is set to resume despite being put on hold till after the election
About 57,000 books from the Overseas Collection at Wellington's National Library are to be sold for $2 per book at a Lions and Rotary sale in the Hutt Valley.
The Library and Information Advisory Commission's David Reeves told Heather Du Plessis-Allan there is no point in taxpayers paying for storage on books...
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International music artists are creeping back on to summer festival line-ups, after getting government exceptions to enter the country.
They have decided two weeks in isolation is worth it for the first chance to play to a crowd.
When London drum and bass producer Alix Perez launches his tour in Wanaka this weekend, after arriving a few weeks ago, it will mark his first live performance in eight months.
He said he lost 100 shows in on...
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Sky says it has reached a deal with Spark that will see Spark offer Sky Sport Now streaming service offered as a $49.99 per month bundle with Spark Sport from November 16.



Spark Sport costs $24.99 per month (with some Spark mobile and broadband customers able to claim a $5 rebate), while Sky Sport now costs $49.99 per month (although it can fall to $24.92 per month if a customer pays $299 to commit to a 12-month bundle). That means ...
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Melburnians will soon get their first taste of freedom as lockdown restrictions ease tonight.
This step comes as the Australian state of Victoria records its second day with no new cases or deaths today.
Australian Medical Association's Victorian President Julian Rait told Heather Du Plessis-Allan he's confident the states contact tracing and testing systems will keep the virus under control.
"Given that it's not eradi...
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There are concerns about what Islamic children are learning from unqualified or inexperienced teachers at mosques.
International Muslim Association of New Zealand president Tahir Nawaz is calling for Islamic curriculum to be taught in intermediate and secondary schools.
He told Heather du Plessis-Allan parents of Muslim children want them to retain their religion.
He says if Islam was taught at school, it may reduce radicalisation.
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A passenger, one of nine Australian women dragged off a Qatar Airways flight in Doha, has revealed the horror of the invasive examinations Qatari authorities conducted after the discovery of an abandoned baby inside the airport’s bathroom.

Speaking to the Guardian Australia, Kim Mills said she was one of nine women taken off the flight bound for Sydney earlier this month.
Ms Mills said she was escorted off the flight – alongside a nu...
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Eight days away from their election, I remain surprised that the Democrats chose Joe Biden. 
And rather than having my surprise wane over time, it actually just keeps increasing. 
Even today, when we have a video emerge in which Joe Biden appears to forget Trump’s name. 
Now, there is a dispute about how bad that moment is for Biden because it turns out that his interviewer’s name is George Lopez.  So perhaps it makes it a bit better ...
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Kiwi Company Laybuy are going strength to strength.
Recently the company took on a deal with football giants Manchester United.
Laybuy listed its first quarterly business update, noting soaring demand not just in New Zealand but also Australia and the UK.
Purchases have increased by more than 160 percent.
Laybuy Managing director Gary Rohloff told Heather du Plessis-Allan he is very proud of their deal with Manchester United.
“To be ali...
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