Heather du Plessis-Allan Drive
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HEATHER DU PLESSIS-ALLAN DRIVE
Dynamic, sharp and connected - Heather du Plessis-Allan means business.
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.
Assertive, direct and opinionated, Heather is well respected by leading news makers, business leaders and political insiders.
As well as setting the news agenda, this show has a major focus on local and international business, ensuring our listeners are engaged and informed.
Heather du Plessis-Allan is a driving force at the centre of New Zealand’s biggest newsroom and number one radio station*.
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Are online tools the solution to gaps in NZ's legal system?
Online legal options could be the solution to gaps in the New Zealand legal system. A large percentage of New Zealanders are too poor to afford lawyers, but make...
HDPA: Health Ministry needs to do more to stop cases getting into community
I think we have reason to feel fairly buoyed by the official response to the Northland Covid case. The contact tracing, the testing, the technology: all that stuff...
Australia approves first vaccine; rollout to begin within weeks
Australia has approved the nation's first Covid-19 vaccine, allowing the first jabs to be rolled out within weeks, beginning with frontline hotel quarantine workers. News.com.au...
Kelvin Davis on the future of Oranga Tamariki following leadership change
As Oranga Tamariki faces a future under new leadership, the Children's Minister says partnership with Maori is essential. CEO Grainne Moss has stood down. Sir Wira...
NZ officials respond after cancelled Olympics report claims
The Japanese government has privately decided to cancel the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, a new report claims. The report in The Times reveals Japan has given up on any hope...
Joe Biden prepares aid plan for millions of Americans
President Joe Biden took executive action Friday to speed a stopgap measure of financial relief to millions of Americans affected by the coronavirus pandemic while...
Second police gun buyback scheme planned for February
Police are gearing up for another gun buyback, starting on February 1. The three-month programme - which will be based at police stations by appointment - aims to...
Oranga Tamariki boss Grainne Moss steps down
Oranga Tamariki boss Grainne Moss has resigned, a move that comes after scrutiny and criticism of the organisation and the refusal of new Minister for Children Kelvin...
Heather du Plessis-Allan: Facebook banning Donald Trump was a mistake
One of the stories I was following with interest over the summer break was the social media giants shutting down Donald Trump’s accounts. They made the call after...
Jack Ma makes his first public appearance in months
Jack Ma just made his first public appearance in months as his tech empire continues to face scrutiny from Chinese regulators. The billionaire co-founder of Alibaba...
World hopes for renewed cooperation with US under Biden
World leaders welcomed into their ranks the new U.S. President Joe Biden, noting their most pressing problems, including the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change,...
NCEA provisional results better than expected
The extra credits given to high school students may have helped a lot of them over the line. NCEA marks for 14,000 students have been published this morning. Education...
PM declares 2021 'Year of the Vaccine' - but professor doubts we'll get rollout right
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced this year will be the year of the vaccine. Speaking at Labour’s first caucus meeting in Nelson, Ardern says getting people...
Economist: Govt doesn't have the guts to bring house prices down
One independent economist says the Government does not have the guts to do what's needed, to bring down house prices. This morning the Government revealed which...
MP lobbies for The Wiggles after entertainers fail to secure MIQ space
A New Zealand politician is offering top level intervention for Australian kiddy supergroup The Wiggles whose upcoming tour is in jeopardy after failing to secure...
ScoMo criticises Cricket Australia over Australia Day name change
Scott Morrison has slammed Cricket Australia’s (CA) decision to omit references to Australia Day from the Big Bash League as “pretty ordinary”, saying he hoped it...
An inauguration like no other: Notable moments of a momentous day
President Joe Biden's inauguration looked a bit different from past ceremonies ushering in a new administration. There is, after all, immensely heightened security...
Frmr Ambassador to the US: What Biden means for NZ
The new US President won't be rushing into trade agreements for the sake of it. However, New Zealand's former Ambassador to America says after Joe Biden's inauguration...
Heather du Plessis-Allan: Let's not overstate the benefits of Biden to NZ
Here we are: Day One of Joe Biden’s presidency. Arguably the most important question for us is ‘what does this mean for New Zealand’. There’s no doubt the outlook...
Biden post-election market surge is best for a new president in modern history
Stocks have gained about 13% since Election Day as of Tuesday, a day before Joe Biden's inauguration — marking the the best post-election market performance for...
Study finds two-thirds of Kiwis can't identify rip currents
Two-thirds of Kiwis can't identify rip currents in the surf. A University of Canterbury study has found 78 per cent of people who spotted a rip in photographs couldn't...
Rise in reverse mortgages sparks concern about retirement plans
A surge of retired New Zealanders are leveraging their homes to free up cash. Heartland Bank has reported a 20 per cent uptick in reverse mortgage approvals over...
Meghan seeks court ruling instead of trial over 'serious breach' of privacy
Lawyers for the Duchess of Sussex asked a British judge on Tuesday local time to settle her lawsuit against a newspaper before it goes to trial by ruling that its...
Incoming administration reflects on Covid-19 losses ahead of inauguration
Hours from inauguration, President-elect Joe Biden paused on what might have been his triumphal entrance to Washington Tuesday evening local time to mark instead...
The Huddle: What will Donald Trump's legacy be?
Donald Trump will walk out of the White House and board Marine One for the last time as president Wednesday morning, leaving behind a legacy of chaos and tumult...