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.


November 30, 2023 4 mins

Talk show host Piers Morgan has named the royals who allegedly raised 'concerns' over Prince Archie’s skin colour.

Shortly after Omid Scobie’s new book Endgame was pulled from shelves in the Netherlands after accidentally revealing these senior members, Morgan took things into his own hands.

UK correspondent Enda Brady won't name these individuals, but says it's easy to discover these identities on...

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Tonight on The Huddle, Tim Wilson from Maxim Institute and Nick Mills from ZB's Wellington Mornings joined in on a discussion about the following issues of the day- and more!

More Wellington Councillors are calling on Tory Whanau to resign after she admitted to having an alcohol problem. Is there any way back for her now?

Consumer NZ has launched legal action against Z Energy amid accusations of greenwashing. Is this a valid acti...

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Charlie Munger, investment guru and sidekick in Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway project, passed this week.

Munger served as Buffett’s sounding board on investments and business decisions and led Berkshire as vice-chairman for decades.

Sam Dickie from Fisher Funds says Munger was an instrumental part of Berkshire's success alongside Buffett.


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Surprising news out of the opposition, as Hipkins reveals his shadow Cabinet picks. 

Many of the roles are a continuation of the portfolios MPs served while ministers in government- but some have been changed.

The Country's Rowena Duncum was surprised to see Jo Luxton take over the Agriculture role, and wonders what that means for Labour's future.


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There's renewed optimism from New Zealand's business leaders about the state of the economy.

In the latest ANZ Business Outlook survey, confidence increased by 8 points to +31 in the results for November.

NZ Herald business editor at large Liam Dann explains this boost in optimism.


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Chris Hipkins says there could be Labour MPs within his caucus uncertain about their political future.

The Labour leader has outlined his shadow cabinet, revealing which MPs have what portfolios.

He says none of his MPs have confirmed they plan to leave politics - but wouldn't rule out if he's had conversations colleagues about bowing out.

ZB political editor Jason Walls says he wouldn't be surprised to see Damien O'Connor bow o...

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Genesis Energy is making moves to meet its promise of producing 95 percent renewable energy by 2030.

The company plans to use profits from Kupe gas field to support a $1.1 billion programme to build solar and wind generation and grid-scale battery storage.

Chief executive Malcolm Johns says it's likely Genesis will meet their target within the coming years.

"We're not starting from a cold start, we have a number of things under ...

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After 24 seasons, the Wellington Lions are set to ditch Sky Stadium and downsize their venue for NPC rugby matches.

It was revealed today that discussions have taken place- and the Lions will hold future matches at the Jerry Collins Stadium amid low attendance and challenging finances.

Rugby commentator Ken Laban disagrees with this decision- and doesn't think it's the right way forward.

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The Labour Party leader says National's throwing away years of work for ideological reasons.

Chris Hipkins has unveiled his shadow cabinet, and vows they're ready to hold the Government to account.

Prime Minister Chris Luxon's revealed his 100-day plan, which includes reinstating the Resource Management Act- which Labour repealed.

Hipkins says it won't take the country forward.

"They were banging on for years about how flawed t...

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Auckland mayor Wayne Brown's public transport plan is being praised.

The Public Transport Users Association says his idea to cap total transport costs at $50 a week will mean big savings for people who live further away from the CBD.

National Coordinator Jon Reeves says allowing people to use pay-wave instead of HOP cards is great too.

"That makes it a lot easier, because I know a lot of people around the city who say- I can't u...

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A former mayor is coming to the defence of Wellington's under-fire leader Tory Whanau.

Mayor Whanau has admitted she has a problem with alcohol- and is getting help.

Councillor Nicola Young is calling on her to resign, citing concerns about the City Council's reputation.

It comes after another incident in which Whanau is alleged to have been publicly intoxicated.

Former mayor Justin Lester says Whanau has done a great job.


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Brittany Higgins today admitted to getting some key details wrong while being cross-examined in court.

Lehrmann has brought a defamation case against media figures over an interview with Higgins in which she alleged she was raped in Parliament House.

Australian correspondent Murray Olds says Higgins admitted to not having the best memory- but her evidence is as true as she could get it.


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Wellington Rugby is planning a shift away from Sky Stadium for home matches after a 24 season association.

Discussions between the union and the Porirua council are advanced to hold all Lions and Pride games at Jerry Collins Stadium from next year.

The move comes as provincial unions battle low crowds and challenging finances to connect the provincial game with stakeholders and fans.

Sportstalk host D'Arcy Waldegrave explains wh...

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Consumer NZ is accusing Z Energy of profiting from misleading sustainability messaging. 

The organisation teamed up with the Environmental Law Initiative and Lawyers for Climate Action New Zealand Inc to seek a High Court declaration for Z's breaches of the Fair Trading Act.

Chief executive Jon Duffy says the evidence contradicts Z Energy's climate-focused public messaging. 

"We don't think that stacks up, and consumers shouldn'...

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Over in the UK, courts could be handing out rehabilitative community sentences over short-term jail sentences.

The Sentencing Council for England and Wales says judges and magistrates should focus on reforming offenders, amid an overcrowding crisis in prisons.

UK correspondent Gavin Grey says courts are also being encouraged to rethink jailing women because of the long-term impact on children.


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Tonight on The Huddle, Ali Jones from Red PR and Kiwiblog contributor and pollster David Farrar joined in on a discussion about the following issues of the day- and more!

Wellington Mayor Tory Whanau has admitted to having an alcohol problem, after another incident of public drunkenness got recorded. Is this acceptable behaviour for an elected official? How sympathetic should we be?

Prime Minister Chris Luxon revealed his 100-day...

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The incoming Government has agreed to disestablish the Productivity Commission, as ACT requested.

Staff are disappointed, yet unsurprised, as many were concerned the agency had become too politicised.

NZ Herald Wellington business editor Jenee Tibshraeny says there were already tensions between chair Ganesh Nana and former staffers.


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The Prime Minister has come to the defence of his deputy's scathing attacks on the media.

Winston Peters has been accusing reporters this week of taking bribes, in reference to the $55 million Public Interest Journalism Fund.

Applicants to the fund were asked, when appropriate, to produce funded content to support NZ identity, culture and public interest requirements, including support for the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.


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Retirement village operator Ryman Healthcare has posted a lower-than-expected half-year profit.

The company had earned $186 million after tax for the six months to September, a 4 percent decrease from 2022.

Chief executive Richard Umbers says this loss is driven by a more subdued housing market. 

"The housing market is under pressure. That impacts our ability to sell, which inevitably has a flow-through effect on the business." 


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The Reserve Bank left the OCR at 5.5 percent during today's review, in line with predictions.

The Bank also issued a hawkish statement about future hikes, claiming further hikes would be needed if inflationary pressures got to be stronger than anticipated.

Infometrics chief economist Gareth Kiernan says there's a good chance the OCR will need to go up between now and 2025.

"Economic activity is running a percentage point higher ...

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