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 23, 2021 3 min
A coroner wants a harder line from the Ministry of Transport on the issue of drunk boating. 
Sue Johnson has released her findings on the death of a Southland man who died in a jet boat accident in 2019. 
The Jet boat driver would have been well over the legal blood alcohol limit if he was behind the wheel of a car, but there is no equivalent legal requirement for boating, and the coroner says and this needs to be reviewed.  
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We might need to brace ourselves for a few problems with supermarket bread supply.  
With workers striking at one of our biggest bread suppliers, George Western.  
Mark Bosomworth general manager of the banking division at George Western Foods says it will only affect north of Taupo. He also said they’re disappointed the union has taken this approach. 
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New Zealand could see less cows and milk in the next decade.
Fonterra is predicting the total amount of milk supply in New Zealand is likely to decline.
And, the climate change commission report says dairy cattle numbers could also fall by 13 per cent by 2030.
Fonterra Boss Miles Hurrell says forcing farmers to decrease herds would be outrageous ... if you take a global view of the situation.
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Three Waters protesters made their voices heard today in Nelson as the council gave feedback on the proposed reforms. 
But the protest quickly went awry with grey haired citizens being escorted out of the council building by police. 
A response, Neville Male, who was behind the protest described as a complete overreaction. 
The three waters reform refers to drinking water, waste water and storm water.  
The proposed reforms would divid...
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A former Government virus modeller claims the latest official forecast of possible Covid deaths is overcooked.
Te Punaha Matatini research suggests 7000 people would die of Covid in a year, with an 80% vaccination rate.
Its modelling suggests having 90% vaccine coverage of everyone five and older would see about 500 hospitalisations, and 50 deaths annually.
But Wigram Capital modeller Rodney Jones says that's not plausible.
He says...
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I don’t even want to start guessing why the PM released that doomsday model this afternoon.  
But whatever her motivations, I am not in the slightest convinced by the numbers.   
According to the model – designed by Shaun Hendy – even if we get 80% of us vaccinated, we will still see 7000 deaths a year from covid.   
That’s 135 a week.   
That will scare the living day lights out of some people.   
But it’s not in the slightest plausibl...
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Nine MIQ spots have been set aside specifically for the Climate Change Minister James Shaw's trip to Glasgow. 
The Prime Minister confirmed yesterday that the slots had to be specially arranged, after they failed to secure them in Monday's room release. 
The National Party have questioned whether Shaw needs to take such a large entourage, considering the massive demand for MIQ bookings. 
Sherrilyn Kingi is a Kiwi nurse in West...
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Did the government ask Pfizer to delay its vaccine shipments while a leaked document from the Ministry of Health shows that the ministry was expecting all Pfizer vaccines to be delivered by September? 
Chris Bishop thinks so, revealing a plan leaked to National that showed all doses would arrive by the end of September. 
But Chris Hipkins says that the particular graph Bishop has been referring to was from before delivery schedules w...
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The Government's new tactical response model is being seen as a compromise.
More than $15 million is being put towards the revamp, in which officers will be supported by AOS-level training and intelligence analysts.
But, Police Minister Poto Williams says, they won't be armed.
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The Department of Conservation spent $130,000 trying to keep Toa the Orca alive despite advice that the whale needed to be put down.  
Jack Mace, the DOC operations director of the Lower North Island says there are only 200 Orca left in New Zealand and if they had been able to reunite Toa with his family it would be money very well spent. 
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Protests continue in Melbourne for a third day ... even during an earthquake.
The 5.9 magnitude quake damaged some storefronts..but no injuries have been reported.
Protesters objecting to mandatory Covid vaccination and restrictions at work, are in a standoff with police.
Melbourne correspondent Lesley Yeoman says some are at the Shrine of Remembrance.
She says it's considered a sacred area for quiet reflection, so they're not ...
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Claims the Government consciously slowed Covid-19 vaccine deliveries.
National's been leaked an internal Ministry of Health document from May, showing all Pfizer doses were due to arrive by the end of September.
They're now arriving in October.
Party Covid Response spokesman, Chris Bishop, says it's incompetence.
He says if they had been here by the end of September, Auckland's outbreak might look much different.
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A South Auckland Councillor is raising the alarm about Covid-19 in gangs.
It's reportedly snuck its way into infecting members of the Mongrel Mob, Black Power and now Hell's Angels.
Councillor Alf Filipaina says authorities may have problems reaching out to gangs.
He says it's important to reach out to help members and their family.
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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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