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.


April 23, 2024 5 mins

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand is pushing back at a proposal by the Commerce Commission to increase competition in the banking sector.

The Commerce Commission has made multiple suggestions, including asking the Reserve Bank to tolerate more risk so that smaller banks and lenders have a chance to add competition in the market. 

Reserve Bank Deputy Governor Christian Hawkesby spoke with Heather du Plessis-Allan about the decision....

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Tonight on The Huddle, journalist Clare de Lore and former Chief of Staff to Jacinda Ardern, Mike Munro, joined in on a discussion about the issues of the day and more!

The Government has proposed a ban on gang patches, but will it work?

The Wellington Reading Cinemas deal is officially off the table - is it surprising that it took so long?

And is comedian Arj Barker in the right for kicking a breastfeeding mother out of his sho...

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The controversial Reading Cinemas deal is off.

Wellington City Council announced this afternoon that it's ended negotiations because they couldn't get the best possible outcome for Wellingtonians.

Under the proposed deal, Wellington Council was set to buy the Reading Cinemas land for $32 million, then sell it back to Reading after a decade as a way to finance a future refurbishment.



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The Government has promised to install 10,000 EV chargers by 2030... and EV charging company Jolt has suggested lines companies should pay for the investment.

CEO of Vector, Simon Mackenzie, spoke with Heather du Plessis-Allan about who is responsible for covering the costs. 



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Comedian Arj Barker has hit back at criticism after he asked a breastfeeding mother to leave his show in Melbourne over the weekend. 

Arj said the seven month old's sounds were distracting him and "ruined his train of thought."

The NZ International Comedy Festival is about to kick off and the Chief Executive, Lauren Whitney, joined Heather to discuss what happened. 



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This morning I was listening to the radio, and I was quite shocked when I heard Labour’s Justice Spokesperson, Duncan Webb, talking about the Three Strikes Law.  

He said judges and lawyers hate it so much, they will find ways around it so they don’t have to implement it.  

He said because the law will now only apply to crimes with sentences over two years – 24 months, “we will see a lot of sentenc...

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The Justice Select Committee heard submissions on Tuesday on the Government's proposed ban on gang patches. 

Chris Macklin, Convener of the Law Society's Criminal Law Committee spoke to Heather du Plessis-Allan about why he critiqued the proposal. 



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It has been an eventful day in New York as the prosecution and defence laid out their cases in Donald Trump's hush money trial. 

The former president is accused of falsifying business records to conceal a hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.

Heather spoke with criminal defence attorney Joseph Tully.



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Tonight on The Huddle, Trish Sherson from Sherson Willis PR and journalist Patrick Gower joined in on a discussion about the following issues of the day- and more! 

The government is bringing back the Three Strikes law - but will it work? 

Air New Zealand is hiking domestic airfares - should people be getting angry on how expensive it is to travel within New Zealand? 

And is Woolworths making the right move in bringing in body c...

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Air New Zealand is warning travel agents that it's about to put domestic airfares up.

It comes at the same time as the national carrier has downgrades its full-year earnings guidance by 10 million dollars.

The fare structure for flights to Australia and the Pacific is also getting a revamp.

Aviation Commentator Peter Clark told Heather du Plessis-Allan the airline doesn't have a choice - as it's own costs have skyrocketed. 

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The Finance Minister admits there's still a way to go get inflation under control. 

Statistics NZ data showed headline inflation has dropped to 4 percent - the lowest number in nearly three years. 

But domestic inflation, otherwise known as non-tradeable inflation, is remaining sticky. 

She told Heather du Plessis-Allan the country isn't out of the woods yet. 

Willis says non-tradeable inflation is still sitting at 5.8 percent ...

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Labour's calling for the Government to recognise Palestinian independence.

Opposition spokesperson David Parker's written to Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters, noting Israel's attacks have killed 32 thousand people in the past six months.

He says the country's ignored two UN resolutions calling for an immediate ceasefire, and is in breach of international law.

Parker told Heather du Plessis Allan most other countries recog...

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The world's warming - but concern about it may be cooling.

An Ipsos survey's found numbers are falling of New Zealanders saying we're failing future generations by not acting on climate change - down nine percent since 2022.

It also found fewer Kiwis believe businesses not combating global warming, are failing staff and customers.

Managing Director Carin Hercock told Heather du Plessis-Allan it seems to be a global trend.

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Body cameras are being rolled out across all Woolworths' New Zealand stores.

It's introducing a suite of new security measures to de-escalate violent customer confrontations.

Physical assaults on staff have risen 75-percent over the past three years - and serious reportable events are up 148-percent.

Head of Safety, Health and Wellbeing Denva Wren says a lot of work's gone into meeting privacy requirements, and footage will only...

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The Minister-in-charge of bringing back Three Strikes Laws is hitting back at claims will worsen inequality in the justice system.

The Government is preparing legislation to bring back mandated prison sentences for violent and sexual criminals for their third offence.

Labour ended the law in 2022 and says it will result in unfairly long sentence, while the Greens say it will disproportionately impact Maori.

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Children's Minister Karen Chhour is facing the Waitangi Tribunal in the High Court today,  in a challenge to her summons.

The tribunal summonsed the ninister to respond to their concerns over plans to repeal section 7AA of the Oranga Tamariki Act.

It ensures the ministry has regard to a child's whakapapa, and the whanaungatanga responsibilities of whanau.

Commonts on the unfolding situation from Shane Jones and David Seymour hav...

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Health New Zealand appears to be making cuts to frontline services despite a government promise this wouldn't happen.

The agency is telling hospital management to encourage staff to take leave, ban double shifts and to not cover sick staff.

It's also asking managers to wipe unfilled roles as part of the budget process.

Chief Executive of Health New Zealand Margie Apa told Heather du Plessis-Allan they need to live within their b...

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As promised the government's bringing back the Three Strikes law.

The Prime Minister and the Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee announced today it’ll be in Cabinet by mid-year.

And they’re changing it just a wee bit. 

One of the criticisms of the law is that it sent a guy to jail for kissing a woman on a street in Wellington without consent, but because it was his third strike, he was sent away for the maximum sentence whic...

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Google has dominated the search market for almost 20 years, but with the new introduction of generative AI, does the company face an existential crisis?

Fund Manager Sam Dickie from Fisher Funds joined Heather du Plessis-Allan to discuss his thoughts. 



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Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has met the President of the Philippines, and promised to be more engaged on the defence front and on trade. 

Plus, two ministers questioning the value of the Waitangi Tribunal continuing are rebuked by Luxon. And, Wellington feels the pinch of public servants being laid off. 

ZB Senior Political correspondent Barry Soper wraps the political week. 


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