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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March 2, 2021 2 min
I reckon there’d be widespread support for principals refusing to enrol violent kids in their schools.
This is the suggestion from the Principals’ Federation which has written to schools telling them to refuse to take these kids even if the Education Ministry directs them to. 
This stoush between principals and the Education Ministry has been brewing for a while because what is happening is that schools, as we know, are legally oblig...
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NZ Police are redirecting people to its website or the all of government Covid-19 website after its 105 non-emergency phone line was overwhelmed as people sought clarity over Covid rules - or to report possible breaches.
Police shared a message on various NZ Police regional Facebook pages saying the 105 line was experiencing high demand and redirecting people to use the 105 online service where possible.
It comes after Jacinda Ardern...
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Is this the future of agribusiness - banks giving farmers financial incentives to be greener?
That's exactly what's happening with a pilot partnership being run by BNZ.
It's linked up with dairy investor Southern Pastures, which will receive loan discounts if it hits environmental targets in areas such as water quality or carbon reductions.
Dave Handley, BNZ's general manager of agribusiness, told Heather du Plessis-Al...
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Zoom's astronomical growth is tapering off along with the pandemic, raising questions about whether the videoconferencing service's immense popularity will fade as more people return to classrooms, offices and other places that have been off limits for the past year.
The deceleration emerged in an otherwise impressive quarterly earnings report released Monday. The stellar results capped a year in which Zoom's name became...
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Business leaders are going to have to be a little more courageous if they want anybody to care about the struggles that they’re having with the government at the moment.
Because from what I can see, they’re pulling their punches.
This morning, the embargo lifted on the fact that some of our most distinguished and senior members of the business community - Joan Withers, chair of The Warehouse Group, Patrick Strange, chair of Auckland ...
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The government is sticking fast on its call that employers should make up the wage shortfall if workers need to stay home and isolate because of Covid.
It comes as economists call for the Covid leave scheme to be made more generous, to encourage people to stay home instead of going to work.
As it stands, the support scheme payment is well below the minimum wage.
Business New Zealand's Kirk Hope told Heather du Plessis-Allan says t...
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Nepotism, cronyism and gaslighting have contributed to pockets of toxic culture in New Zealand police, a new report into bullying and abuse has found.
Despite issuing scathing criticisms and outlining stories of abuse and harassment, the Independent Police Conduct Authority said recent police reforms show promise.
Two interviewees said when they were out in the field and radioed for immediate backup because they were at risk, bully o...
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A gap in the schooling system could be letting troubled kids down.
The Education Ministry's slammed the Principals Federation - for urging its members not to enrol violent kids.
It disobeys a legal requirement which force school boards to take on direct enrolments from the Government.
President Perry Rush says conventional high schools have pathways for struggling youth - but other levels don't.
"There needs to be an altern...
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There are calls to end the 'finger pointing' at the South Auckland community.
The Papatoetoe High community has been under the spotlight the past month, after the initial community cases announced on February 14th spreading to other families, with isolation breaches between two mothers leading to the risk of the infection spreading.
It has led to the community being the target of online abuse. 
Counties Manukau DHB board chair...
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The Government is following up on its election promise to conduct an independent review of Pharmac.
It will assess how the medical funding body performs against objectives, and whether they should be changed.
It will consider the timeliness of decision making, particularly for new medicines -- and the transparency and accessibility of decision-making processes.
Health Minister Andrew Little says an expert panel will be charged with wo...
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Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has raised concerns over the death of the woman who accused a serving Liberal of a historical rape, revealing he has “questions in my own mind” over how she died.
Demanding the minister “out himself” in respect for his colleagues and the country, Mr Turnbull said it was untenable for the man to remain in the ministry.
Despite the woman having made previous attempts on her own life in the years l...
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The Government is defending it's actions around the recent lockdowns. 
Auckland plunged into Alert Level Three on Sunday morning, after it was revealed a 21 year old man had tested positive and visited a number of locations while infectious.
The move follows the three day lockdown a fortnight ago. 
Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson told Heather Du Plessis Allan they operate on the advice they get from health officials.
"We ...
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Former President Donald Trump repeated his election lies on stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, Sunday, looking to reclaim his role as the Republican Party's kingmaker in the 2022 midterm elections and positioning himself for a 2024 presidential run.
"It is far from being over," Trump said. "We will be victorious and America will be stronger and greater than ever before."
Rep...
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The Government's narrative that it's fine for Auckland to go into lockdown twice in a fortnight because other countries are doing tougher is absolute nonsense.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she knows many New Zealanders were upset, frustrated and angry about the Covid rulebreakers which plunged Auckland into lockdown.
We will always tell ourselves another lockdown is fine if we keep comparing ourselves to the worst Covid...
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A South Auckland city councillor says he is getting online abuse from conspiracy-believing churchgoers for supporting the upcoming Covid-19 vaccine rollout.
Efeso Collins revealed today he had received a number of angry messages from disgruntled South Aucklanders on social media attacking him for his pro-vaccine stance.
He said ongoing conversations with people in his South Auckland community who had concerns about Covid had taken a ...
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Small business owners are "hanging in there" as Auckland's plunged into another lockdown.
Ponsonby bar owner Luke Dallow told Heather du Plessis-Allan they don't get compensation for things like lost fresh produce.
"We were ready for a big Sunday and it all just went straight in the bin, we couldn't give it away either because you have to watch out for uncooked food."
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Phil Goff is calling for Aucklanders to be vaccinated before the rest of the country in the wake of the latest community cases.
The Auckland mayor says he supports rolling out the vaccine in South Auckland first.
However, he says the rest of the region should then be next in line for the vaccine, before it's rolled out to the rest of the country.
Goff says Auckland's losing about 200 jobs and 30-million-dollars each day it'...
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Phil Goff is calling for Aucklanders to be vaccinated before the rest of the country in the wake of the latest community cases.
The Auckland mayor says he supports rolling out the vaccine in South Auckland first.
However, he says the rest of the region should then be next in line for the vaccine, before it's rolled out to the rest of the country.
Goff says Auckland's losing about 200 jobs and 30-million-dollars each day it'...
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The Prime Minister cannot dodge responsibility for the fact that Auckland has yoyoed in and out of level three lockdowns in the space of 10 days.
She’s very cleverly trying to shift the blame to the rule breakers, and yes, they do deserve some blame, but she should’ve built the system to handle this. 
There have always been rule breakers. We had them in the August lockdown holding underground church services. We know this happens. 
Th...
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A mammoth return-trip, criss-crossing the Tasman Sea, today for the Royal Australian Air Force.
They'll be flying from Sydney to Masterton - and back - to take part in this year's Wings Over Wairarapa.
Because of Covid-19, the crew will have to stay in the plane the whole time.
That means a round-trip of almost five thousand kilometres.
Squadron Leader John Ayers says the RAAF C-130J Hercules will conduct an " initial and p...
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