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.


July 23, 2024 4 mins

One far-left French MP has attracted controversy after saying Israeli athletes were not welcome to the upcoming Olympics.

With less than a week to go until the Games kick off, France Unbowed's Thomas Portes called for people to protest the appearance of Israeli athletes.

UK correspondent Vincent McAviney says this has drawn in negative reactions from all sides.


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A Waikato-based sheep milk company has managed to gain brand registration for its infant milk formula in China.

Spring Sheep will be able to directly import and distribute infant formula to China - and increase export volumes long-term.

The Country's Jamie Mackay explains the significance of this deal.



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One expert has voiced approval with the Commerce Commission's plan to regulate PayWave and online credit card fees.

The watchdog says capped fees could save Kiwis $250 million dollars, from the $1 billion a year they spend in-store and online. 

Infometrics Principal Economist Brad Olsen says these changes are neceesary.


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Home ownership rates have dropped below 60 percent, and data indicates this figure could get lower.

New research commissioned by Westpac says home ownership figures will fall as low as 50 percent by 2050.

The bank has since pledged to lend $1 billion over the next three years to fund affordable housing.

CEO Catherine McGrath says it's critical to ensure home ownership becomes available to more New Zealanders. 


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July 23, 2024 99 mins

On the Heather du Plessis-Allan Drive Full Show Podcast for Tuesday, 23 July 2024, Commerce Commission chair John Small tells Heather why he wants to crack down on PayWave and credit card fees.

Former Green MP Darleen Tana is back in Parliament - what's she saying about why she's decided to stay?

Orana Park board member Ken Hughey defends the park's track on animal welfare.

Plus the Huddle debates whether Chris Luxon is making a mi...

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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!

The Commerce Commission is making moves to regulate PayWave fees and online card payments to ensure Kiwis don't get ripped off. Do we agree with this? How do we feel about PayWave?

Darleen Tana has made her first appearance in Parliament following the investigation of...

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Details surrounding the Warehouse takeover offer have been revealed.

Australian private equity firm Adamantem Capital Management has offered to buy the business for $1.50 to $1.70 a share, valuing it at a total of $590 million.

Greg Smith from Devon Funds Management has labelled this move 'opportunistic' as the retail sector struggles.

"They haven't even got a CEO - it does seem to be quite opportuni...

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Orana Wildlife Park says it told MPI about all its animal deaths, after claims of poor welfare standards. 

More than 20 current and former staff have detailed multiple animal deaths to 1News, some which went unreported.

MPI is doing a rapid assessment of the zoo's conditions - due back tomorrow - but say it wasn't told about any deaths.

Board member Ken Hughey says all deaths were notified, and they've taken measures since.

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New Zealanders are being called to reclaim the official world record for the largest haka.

It's currently held by 4028 men and women who performed it in France 10 years ago.

The fundraising event for the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre aims to draw 10,000 people to Eden Park in September.

Centre co-founder and event cultural ambassador, Hinewehi Mohi, says anyone can participate.

She says they'll be providing instructional videos a...

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As you might have heard earlier, the Prime Minister is copping a bit of flak because he’s going to cut one of his regular media opportunities on Tuesdays from here on in.

It's been a convention for years now that the Prime Minister stops on the way to Parliament’s Question Time on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday if he's there and he'll let the Press Gallery ask him questions. That's now going to stop on Tuesday.


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Compensation may be on the way for Northlanders affected by a massive power outage last month.

Local MP Grant McCullum has been asking Transpower to compensate people with discounted transmission fees for a year.

Nearly 100,000 people lost power when a tower toppled after maintenance crews unbolted three legs of a pylon at once.

McCullum says Transpower acknowledged to him it owes the region.

"We've just got to work out what that l...

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The Commerce Commission is looking into regulating fees for PayWave and online card payments.

The market watchdog says adding regulation could save Kiwis $250 million dollars, from the $1 billion a year they spend on fees in-store and online.

Chair John Small says they're exploring changes that could reduce surcharges to 0.7 percent.

"Part of what we're doing here is trying to simplify these rates so that the merchants know much mo...

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The Green Party gave Darleen Tana a cold reception as she returned to the House as an independent MP.

Tana has been asked to resign from Parliament following the release of a review into alleged migrant exploitation at her husband's business.

Newstalk ZB political editor Jason Walls says leader Chloe Swarbrick is looking into other options for Tana ahead of this weekend's AGM.


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Nearly 13 million Australians have had their medical data stolen and sold on the dark web, following a recent hack.

Names, addresses, phone numbers and prescriptions were among the information stolen in a MediSecure hack in May.

Australian correspondent Murray Olds says the information is being sold for over $25,000.


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The Warriors are set to unveil their latest squad ahead of their weekend clash against the Tigers.

There's speculation that key players like Shaun Johnson could return from injuries - but enthusiasm among fans is dwindling. 

Sportstalk host D'Arcy Waldegrave says it's lucky the Olympics may distract viewers from a disappointing season.


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Many Kiwis are concerned the costs of being a parent have reached an unreasonable level.

According to new research from Kiwibank, 70 percent of people believe the financial and child-care pressures on parents have gotten harder in the modern world.

Kiwibank's Chief People Officer, Charlotte Ward, says people feel there's a 'penalty' that comes with choosing parenthood.

"We know from phrases like 'the motherhood penalty' that this a...

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With less than a week to go until the upcoming Paris Olympics, France has recalled a line of branded water bottles for children.

The bottles were found to contain excessive levels of Bisphenol A, according to new reports.

UK correspondent Gavin Grey says these chemicals have been linked to breast cancer and infertility. 


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New Zealand's Minister for Food Safety doesn't approve of some proposed changes impacting the distribution of infant formula.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand has written a lengthy proposal to overhaul formula regulations, including changes to how formula can be labelled and where it can be sold. 

Ministers from Australia and New Zealand will meet this week to discuss the proposal - which will come into effect unless a review i...

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The US dollar and Treasuries are likely to see a knee-jerk bid higher after Joe Biden dropped his re-election bid.

Investors will see this development as bringing a fresh level of uncertainty about the final outcome of the US elections.

Shane Solly from Harbour Asset Management says this is definitely a spanner in the works.


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July 22, 2024 100 mins

On the Heather du Plessis-Allan Drive Full Show Podcast for Monday, 22 July 2024, Washington correspondent David Smith speaks with Heather after news that Joe Biden has pulled out of the presidential race and endorsed Kamala Harris instead.

Health Minister Dr Shane Reti tells Heather why he's sacked the board of Health NZ and replaced it with a commissioner.

Animal welfare staff from the Ministry for Primary Industries have been at...

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