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.


December 8, 2023 4 mins

There is a warning that most pay rises next year are not going to keep up with the cost of living.

Global consultancy Robert Walters salary survey shows that while most bosses are planning to give pay rises, the vast majority of them will only give between one and 5% despite inflation reaching 7.5%.

Robert Walters Commercia...

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A Wellington City Councillor is bemused to have been under investigation for breaching council code.

Five City Councillors have been ordered to take lessons on the code of conduct - over leaks of a closed-door briefing on the future of the closed CBD Reading Cinemas.

They're accused of failing to keep things confidential when responding to media.

Councillor Ray Chung told Heather du Plessis Allan that he doesn't understand how h...

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Auckland Transport has given itself the ambitious target of fixing 550 kilometres of road this summer to try to get to the potholes before they become much worse.

Auckland Transport CEO Dean Kimpton told Heather du Plessis Allan that they are 1400 kilometres behind due to "lack of investment and wet weather but we're determined to get the roads to where they need to be".



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Finance Minister Nicola Willis has raised concerns over the escalating cost of KiwiRail's Cook Straight ferry project.

She revealed yesterday that  the potential cost to the taxpayer is now many times what the Government initially signed up to and said the situation was “deeply troubling”.

Willis told Heather du Plessis All...

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Two people have been found guilty of murdering Christchurch mother Angela Blackmoore 28 years ago.

Former debt collector David Hawken, 50, and ex-stripper Rebecca Wright-Meldrum, 51, were on trial in the High Court at Christchurch after denying murdering Angela Blackmoore on August 17, 1995.

In 2019, police issued a $100,000 reward for information regarding the death of Angela Blackmor...

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Justice Minister Paul Goldsmith has said he won't re-appoint Chief Human Rights Commissioner Paul Hunt.

Goldsmith told Heather du Plessis-Allan that he wants to see a Human Rights Commissioner "who's really focused on fundamental human rights such as free speech, freedom of expression and equal voting.

All these sorts of issues that I haven't heard quite as much as I would have liked to over the past five years."

Paul Hunt's war...

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Boris Johnson attempted to apologise for his Covid-19 response- an apology that quickly got hijacked.

Protesters swarmed the former Prime Minister and interrupted him as he began his apology for his handling of the deadly pandemic.

UK correspondent Enda Brady says Johnson's apology seemed 'rehearsed', as it was more serious than expected.


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Tonight on The Huddle, Ali Jones from Red PR and Jordan Williams from the Taxpayers' Union joined in on a discussion about the following issues of the day- and more!

Police Minister Mark Mitchell has released a letter of expectations for Police Commissioner Andrew Coster. The pair seem to be unified about these expectations- can Coster meet these standards? 

Foreign Minister Winston Peters has today put forward a motion calling f...

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Fonterra has upgraded its milk price forecast and raised their full-year earnings forecast following an 85 percent lift in their first-quarter profit.

The forecast farmgate milk price midpoint for the 2023/24 season is up 25 cents to $7.50 per kgMS, and the forecast range has moved to $7.00-$8.00 per kgMS.

The Country's Jamie Mackay says these predictions were boosted by a strong GDT result.


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A big gap has opened up between the market and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s views of where interest rates are heading.

The two-year swap rate - which can have a bearing on home mortgage rates - is now sitting on 5.21 percent, down from 5.78 percent earlier this year.

This goes against last week's hawkish vision regarding higher rates.

NZ Herald business editor at large Liam Dann explains why this is happening.



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Auckland Council has teamed up with NZ Police in a new initiative to enhance safety in the city centre.

The 'Together for Tamaki Makaurau' partnership is designed to establish a more visible safety presence on Auckland streets from Karangahape Road to the waterfront.

Auckland Council CityWatch and Compliance teams, police, Māori Wardens and Community Patrols NZ (CPNZ) will run co-ordinated efforts to address anti-social behaviour...

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Kiwi households will had to find an extra $70 per week to cover their living costs, according to ASB economists.

It's a smaller increase than the $115 a week lift in 2023- and and is expected to be below the increase in incomes.

ASB senior economist Mark Smith says these estimates are influenced by several key factors.

"Living costs really reflect what's happening with inflation, that's probably the key factor there. Also things...

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Disappointment the Government hasn't gone further in its call for arms to be laid to rest in war-torn Gaza.

Foreign minister Winston Peters put forward a motion calling on all parties involved in the conflict to take urgent steps towards establishing a ceasefire.

It was supported by all parties.

But Labour's immigration spokesman Phil Twyford says they urged the Government to agree to an immediate and permanent ceasefire.

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This year truly belongs to Taylor Swift.

The 33-year-old's been named Time magazine's person of the year, a week after becoming Spotify's most most-played artist.

Swift beat finalists including Barbie, King Charles and OpenAI chief executive Sam Altman.

KTLA entertainment correspondent Sam Rubin says she's had an 'extraordinary' 2023- full of accomplishments.

"The criteria is who has influenced the world for better or worse the...

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Queenstown is waiting on a final signoff before lifting the town's boil water notice.

Businesses and residents have been required to boil tap water for almost three months, after a breakout of cryptosporidium.

UV treatment equipment has been installed at the Two Mile water supply.

Mayor Glyn Lewers says all they need now is water regulator Taumata Arowai to give the green light.

"We've done our bit by putting in the UV disinfec...

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The Police Commissioner says he's aligned with the new Police Minister on the changes needed for law and order.

Minister Mark Mitchell has publicly released a letter, outlining his expectations for Commissioner Andrew Coster.

That includes refocusing efforts on strengthening policing in communities, removing gang patches and cracking down on youth crime.

Coster says officers essentially need to spend less time doing the business...

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Unanimous support for a Government motion calling on all parties involved in the Israel and Palestine conflict to take urgent steps towards a ceasefire.

It came after the adoption of an amendment from Labour's Phil Twyford that a two-state solution must be maintained.

Foreign Minister Winston Peters defended his motion, and hit out at fellow MPs.

ZB political editor Jason Walls recapped the standout moments from this first sessi...

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Former controversial radio personality and Wallabies coach Alan Jones has been accused of inappropriate behaviour.

Jones is being accused of preying on multiple young men, engaging in indecent assaults and inappropriate behaviour without their consent while working at the radio station.

The 82-year-old broadcaster firmly denies the allegations.

Australian correspondent Murray Olds says there'll likely be more stories about Jones...

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Christchurch's largest food bank is set to close just days before Christmas.

Foodbank Canterbury has been forced to introduce a service fee to meet rising costs, meaning it's become ineligible for council funding.

It says they'd be putting their ability to pay staff at risk if they operated past December 22.

The foodbank supports 160 charities across Christchurch.

Potters Kitchen manager Robbie Drew says they're now going to lo...

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The Black Caps know they've got a battle on their hands heading into day two of the second cricket test against Bangladesh.

New Zealand will resume under pressure at 55 for 5 in Dhaka, but only trail by 117 runs after skittling the hosts for 172 on day one.

Sportstalk host D'Arcy Waldegrave explains further.


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