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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August 3, 2020 4 min
Victoria has recorded 429 new infections overnight, with case numbers nearing 12,000 across the virus-plagued state.
Thirteen more people have died — a man in his 60s, two men and a woman in their 70s, two men in their 80s and five women and two men in their 90s.
Eight of the 13 new deaths were linked to known outbreaks in aged care facilities. They take the state’s death toll to 136.
Of the 429 new infections, 36 were linked to outbr...
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Auckland Airport's international terminal will be split into two separate zones in preparation for safe travel bubbles.
In anticipation of a safe air corridor being formed between New Zealand and the Cook Islands, the airport is preparing to separate different categories of travellers as they pass through the terminal.
Planning is in the final stages, the airport revealed today.

International Terminal Zone A, Safe Travel area: The...
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Victorians face fresh shortages of red meat, chicken, fish and even KFC across the state with new workplace shutdowns and restrictions to be announced today to hit the state’s abattoirs, fish markets and call centres.
Call centres will be shut down unless operating for emergency services after a coronavirus outbreak in a Centrelink call centre last month.
Abattoirs will not be completely closed, but their operations will be affected ...
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Labour’s election strategy is becoming obvious: they’re going to try to do a Joe Biden. 
If you’ve been following what’s going on in the US, you’ll know what I mean. Joe Biden seems to poll better when he’s invisible.  The idea of him is better than the reality of him.  The less he’s in the media, the better he does. 
It’s looking like Labour might try to pull the same thing here. They’re running an invisible campaign: hardly any pol...
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The Cook Islands are still hopeful of a travel bubble, as Auckland International Airport plans a safe zone at its terminal.
The airport's making plans to protect customers in anticipation of a Cook Islands travel bubble.
Cook Islands Private Sector Taskforce chairperson Fletcher Melvin says the Cooks are ready and waiting.
But he told Heather du Plessis-Allan nothing looks likely to happen until at least after the election.
"It...
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Auckland businesses want more done to attract people into the city to prop-up the local economy.
Vacancy signs are common along the city's main street and some store owners fear it could become a ghost town.
Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive Chris Roberts said of the country's main cities, Auckland is struggling the most to attract local visitors.
"Out of all of the regions in New Zealand, Auckland is probably stru...
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National leaders are slamming the Government's refusal to let two Warriors players back into the country.Pacific Island passport holders  Eliesa Katoa and Selestino Ravutaumada were given an exemption to travel to Australia for the NRL season.Deputy Gerry Brownlee told Heather Du Plessis-Allan he can't understand why they can't return.He says they are for all intents and purposes Kiwis."It's odd they are denied ...
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We need to be absolutely sure there's no covid 19 cases in New Zealand that we don't know about.
Targeted testing is being organised this weekend in the wake of a man who travelled from New Zealand to South Korea before testing positive for covid-19.
University of Auckland's microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles told Heather du Plessis-Allan the virus is out there in the world and we are becoming a little bit more complacent.
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An inquiry has found a civilian died during an SAS-led raid in Afghanistan in 2010.
But it's found the death was justified under international law.
The Operation Burnham inquiry also found four other people also died, but couldn't determine if those people were civilians or insurgents.
It found New Zealand's intelligence agencies accurately reported the allegations of causalities
But it found the agencies could have done mo...
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Earlier this week I suspected that we should feel a degree of sympathy for the family that broke out of isolation in Hamilton last weekend. 
Now I’m sure we should. 
This is not to say that I condone their actions. I don’t. Breaking out of the hotel was stupid, and they should all now, as they are, face the consequences of doing that. 
But, sympathy is not the same as support. I feel sympathy for them. When you hear their version of e...
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The hidden cellar that has been discovered by German police at an ­allotment owned by Madeleine McCann's prime suspect has remained untouched since she disappeared in 2007, locals claimed.
Convicted paedophile Christian Brueckner used the plot in Seelze, Hanover in the year the 3-year-old vanished while her family was on holiday in Praia da Luz, the Sun reports.
A neighbour said the plot had a small shack standing on a concrete b...
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Former Air New Zealand boss Rob Fyfe is back as the Government's Covid-19 advisor to the private sector, a role he had been in during the lockdown, and acted as a liaison between the Government and businesses.
He finished up in that roll in mid-May.
The Prime Minister revealed this morning she had asked Mr Fyfe back. He was never paid for his work during the lockdown.
Jack Tame told Heather du Plessis-Allan he thinks it is a simpl...
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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has welcomed former Air New Zealand boss Rob Fyfe back as her Government's Covid-19 advisor to the private sector.
Fyfe had been in the role during the lockdown and acted as a liaison between the Government and businesses.
He finished up in that roll in mid-May.
But, speaking to the Wellington Chamber of Commerce this morning, Ardern revealed she had asked Fyfe to come back into the role.
"I am mor...
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The Act Party are one of the big winners in the latest TVNZ Colmar-Brunton poll.
The party rated at 5 per cent, its highest polling in 17 years, which would give them six seats if the election was today.
Party leader David Seymour told Heather du Plessis-Allan he is not getting ahead of himself.
"It's just one poll, there's seven weeks to go. Ultimately people want to process some pretty big issues, the world just change o...
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The results of tonight's TVNZ Colmar-Brunton poll have put National in a far better position compared to the Reid-Research poll Newshub released earlier in the week.
National sit at 32 per cent, behind Labour who is on 53.
The party's leader Judith Collins is a big personal winner with 50 per cent of the country approving of her work as the party's leader. When it comes to preferred Prime Minster, Collins has risen by 18 ...
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The Five Eyes intelligence alliance could soon get a sixth member.
The alliance is currently made up of New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada.
The Telegraph reports the UK Government are in talks with Japan to join the alliance.
Otago University International Relations Professor Robert Patman told Heather du Plessis-Allan it appears discussions are going on.
"The Five Eyes, all English speaking co...
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Police and scientists have developed a handheld device for frontline officers to test for methamphetamine, MDMA and cocaine.
The real-time drug-screening tool allows officers to test for "the three most harmful and commonly used drugs on the New Zealand market" while "working in our communities", police said in a statement.
A six-month trial of the devices will be carried out across Auckland as well as in Canterbury a...
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By RNZ
The Ministry of Health is planning to fast-track the approval process for a Covid-19 vaccine, and won't rule out offering a supplier indemnity from any potential claims resulting from its use.
It said Medsafe will ensure a vaccine is safe for use, and it will not be used on people unless clinical data suggests it is safe and effective.
A vaccine is the golden ticket back to normality, and is eagerly sought by people through...
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Here’s a public service announcement for you: there are only three weeks of Super Rugby Aotearoa left.  Lap it up.
Because what are the chances we’re ever going to see a competition like this again?
I think by now we’ve all realised we are getting some pretty special, consistently good rugby.
But if you needed proof that you’re not just imagining it, look at the toll it’s taking on the players’ bodies. 
This week, the player’s ...
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Simon Wilson and Trish Sherson join Heather du Plessis-Allan on today's Huddle.
The Government's quarantine charges have been revealed, and will only apply to people who leave New Zealand after the legislation comes into effect and those who are visiting New Zealand temporarily.
The decision has left the coalition Government divided.
Mr Wilson says he sides with Greens co-leader James Shaw, who is a big supporter of the laws, ...
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