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 18, 2022 4 min
In the UK, an unnamed Conservative MP (from the party of government) has been arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual assault. 
The UK government announces a new law will be introduced to change the post-Brexit trade deal for Northern Ireland.  
Plus, a UK charity shop worker found a foreign banknote worth £140,000 – but he didn't keep a penny for himself.  
UK correspondent Gavin Grey joined Heather du Plessis-Allan. 
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It's the eve of budget day and everyone's got their wishlist.  
Whether it's health, cost-of-living relief or climate change. We'll find out the Government's priorities tomorrow.  
NZ Herald’s Wellington business editor Jenee Tibshraeny joined Heather du Plessis-Allan. 
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The border is opening but there's concern international students aren't exactly queuing up to return to New Zealand. 
International education used to be our fourth-biggest export earner, bringing in 5 billion dollars a year. 
But it's feared new changes to post-study work rights for international students could be putting students off coming here. 
Chris Whelan, chief executive of Universities New Zealand, joined Heather d...
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Is Act right to be upset with Anne Tolley for announcing what she thinks Tauranga's priorities are for the by-election candidates? She's not an elected official but she seems to be doing a good job for Tauranga – so shouldn't she be able to give her take? 
Police this afternoon released a statement, saying they're concerned that apathy or acceptance of gun crime might be setting in in some communities. Who is to blam...
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Tauranga doesn't have a mayor at the moment as you know but Anne Tolley, the commission chair in charge of running the city, has penned a letter with some priorities for the city for the candidates of the by-election next month.   
She said three infrastructure projects need to be top of mind for candidates... Hewletts Road/Hull Road/Totara Street improvements, State Highway 29 grade separation and the Port of Tauranga extension...
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Many people drive around in a sleep-deprived state. 
Auckland University scientists are researching how much sleep people can go without before starting to lose control of their impulses. 
They found even sleeping one hour less than usual immediately impacts reaction times. 
Auckland University's Arne Niewenhuys told Heather Du Plessis Allan another issue is whether people can still halt inappropriate actions. 
“For instance, you’r...
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Grant Robertson and Nicola Willis face off on the eve of budget day. 
Jacinda Ardern is back and working from home. 
When are we going to see pre-departure testing scrapped? 
Chief political reporter Jason Walls joined Heather du Plessis-Allan. 
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Katey Martin retires after nineteen years as a White Fern. 
Two more All Black front-rowers are headed to France. 
Tiger Woods has a crack at Phil Mickelson. 
Sportstalk host D’Arcy Waldegrave joined Heather du Plessis-Allan. 
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The US President has met grieving families of victims of the Buffalo shooting. 
An 18-year-old gunman shot 13 people, and killed 10 in a racially motivated attack on Saturday. 
He claimed to have been inspired by Christchurch's mosque shootings. 
Correspondent Dan Mitchinson told Heather du Plessis Allan Joe Biden warned a "hateful minority" mustn't be allowed to distort the nation, whose diversity is a strength. 
“He w...
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We will hear a raft of company profit announcements in the next two weeks. Is the New Zealand share market performance, down over 5% so far this month, telling us investors expect poor results? 
We have results from a few retirement operators this week and this has been one of the weakest sectors this year with share prices all off over 20%. Is this the weak housing market and what are you expecting in terms of news here? 
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We've finally got to the bottom of how we’ve ended up in the ludicrous situation in last week’s immigration reset where nurses are not on the highest priority list for new migrants. 
If you heard our interview with the Aged Care Association last night, you’ll already know this seems to be the result of a massive stuff up. 
Turns out that – as suspected – the Aged Care Association asked the Government to bump nurses down from the ...
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Assurances removing Covid testing requirements for travel won't put New Zealand at risk.  
Covid Response Minister Chris Hipkins says pre-departure testing is now a lot less important in our protection framework.  
He's indicated the requirement will go earlier than August – as had been announced. 
Auckland Airport's chief executive Carrie Hurihanganui told Heather du Plessis-Allan other barriers remain in place. 
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Unease we're becoming a bit blasé about shootings. 
Police are investigating two gang-related shootings within days of each other in Wairoa – including one where a child's bedroom window was destroyed by a shotgun blast. 
They say several people had heard the gunshots and not reported them. 
Police Association President Chris Cahill told Heather du Plessis-Allan he thinks it's because we're seeing so many firearms inci...
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Construction companies are falling over because they can't get supplies to finish projects. 
Concerns have been growing over gib board shortages – but there are also delays with steel mesh and insulation. 
Master Builders Association CEO David Kelly told Heather du Plessis-Allan that the operating environment is really difficult. 
“If you can’t get those products then you have a delay and then that compounds because you then can’t...
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Wayne Rooney is to give evidence today in the Wagatha Christie trial. 
Bank of England governor warns of "apocalyptic" inflation this year. 
Eurovision winners gave an incredible rendition of a song at the Polish border on their way home. 
UK correspondent Enda Brady joined Heather du Plessis-Allan. 
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The Australian election is just a few days away, and if you listen to the opinion polls, we're about to see a change in government.  
Anthony Albanese's Labor Party looks set to take over from Scott Morrison in the middle of rising inflation and rising interest rates. 
So, question is, what difference will a new government make to the economy? 
Paul Bloxham is HSBC's chief economist, he joined Heather du Plessis-Allan. 
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The farming response to the Emissions Reduction Plan. 
Another crucial GDT auction tonight? Down another 2%??? after the last 8.5% tumble. 
Will Westland Milk kick Gloriavale to touch? What will Hopeful Christian and Fervent Steadfast do with their milk? 
Host of the Country Jamie Mackay joined Heather du Plessis-Allan. 
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Infometrics is warning the NZ economy is red-lining and resource constraints are making growth almost impossible. 
The latest quarterly economic monitor shows economic activity rose 2% per annum but underlying growth was flat from last quarter. 
Brad Olsen, Infometrics principal economist, joined Heather du Plessis-Allan. 
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Last night, Grant Robertson was on the show talking about the immigration reset. 
Heather asked him whether the Government will change the green list and allow nurses to qualify for residency like doctors and engineers... Rather than having to wait for two years.  
The answer was no. 
Now one of those who has been giving advice is the Aged Care Association. 
Chief executive Simon Wallace joined Heather du Plessis-Allan. 
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Last night, Grant Robertson was on the show talking about the immigration reset. 
Heather asked him whether the Government will change the green list and allow nurses to qualify for residency like doctors and engineers... Rather than having to wait for two years.  
The answer was no. 
Now one of those who has been giving advice is the Aged Care Association. 
Chief executive Simon Wallace joined Heather du Plessis-Allan. 
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