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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Dunedin pizzeria bars Aucklanders over Covid infection fears
A Dunedin pizza restaurant has placed a temporary ban on all customers from Auckland over Covid fears. A couple on a South Island road trip say they weren't allowed...
'Ethically wrong' for profitable companies to not pay back wage subsidy
An entrepreneur is urging profitable companies who took the wage subsidy to pay the money back. A number of companies have declared profits in the millions, despite...
Why you need to be cautious of 'mask mouth'
Mask use will be around for a while, but oral health experts are raising concerns about how they are changing our breathing behaviours. Director-General of Health...
What to expect from Japan's new Prime Minister
Yoshihide Suga has been elected Japan's new Prime Minister following a vote in the country's Parliament on Wednesday, confirming the former cardboard factory worker...
Oxfam says wealthy nations have already stockpiled potential vaccine supply
There are hopes Governments, pharmaceutical companies and vaccine producers produce a vaccine that is free to all. Oxfam's pushing for a 'People's Vaccine' - but...
ANZ chief economist: Hurt for the economy is still to come
The chief economist of one of New Zealand's top banks says the country might not rebound from the record low of June's quarter., as well as we'd like. New Zealand...
Ho ho uh-oh: Will Covid-19 cancel a visit from Santa?
It maybe three months away, but it's one of the most important days on a child's calendar that could be the latest Covid-19 risk - sitting on Santa's knee. Smith...
Researcher: Tobacco taxes are hurting New Zealand's most vulnerable
Tobacco taxes are hurting New Zealand's most vulnerable. New Zealand First is getting praise for their plan to make cigarettes, and their alternatives, cheaper and...
Thousands of Kiwis are paying too much for mobile
The Commerce Commission says thousands of Kiwis are paying too much for their mobile phone bill. The market watchdog says it commissioned analysis of 80,000 phone...
Unexpected drop in Australia's unemployment rate
Australia’s unemployment figure has shocked pundits by unexpectedly falling to 6.8 per cent as the economy roars back to life in the states that have managed to...
Heather du Plessis-Allan: GDP figures show our lockdown was too hard
I think the GDP numbers out today will put to bed the argument over whether our first lockdown was too hard. It quite clearly was. If you accept the fact that Australia...
Apple pickers say Winston Peters' military plane suggestion isn't a bad idea
Winston Peters has suggested using military aircraft, to bring seasonal workers from the Pacific into New Zealand to work in orchards. The Foreign Minister says...
The Huddle: The PREFU figures and expulsion policies
Treasury expects a lower and later peak in unemployment rates compared to forecasts from May's Budget. The Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update forecasts a 7.8...
UK hopes to calm US nerves over EU Brexit deal
The UK foreign secretary Dominic Raab has had to head to the United States of America, over concerns over plans to unilaterally rewrite Britain’s divorce deal with...
Judith Collins: PREFU shows it is important to get into 'growth mode'
National says the Government can't sugarcoat Treasury's Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update, or PREFU, released today. The future outlook is less rosy than...
Auckland school prepare for 'Year 14' students due to Covid-19
Some schools are preparing for a number of students to repeat their final year due to the disruptions cause by Covid-19. James Cook High School in Manurewa is expecting...
ZB cannabis referendum debate: Should we legalise recreational cannabis use?
Whether young people would use more cannabis was a hot topic during a debate tonight on the October 17 referendum to make recreational cannabis legal. Police Association...
Employers urged to be more transparent over pay
Should Kiwis be more open about how much we get paid? There are calls for New Zealanders to be more open about their salaries, with one employment lawyer writing...
Grant Robertson: It will take 'many, many years' to get debt under control
New Zealand’s economy has fared better than anticipated, thanks to a faster-than-expected move down Covid-19 alert levels. But the future outlook is less rosy in...
National unveils new Pharmac funds, elective surgery guarantees
"Primary care navigators" would be put in every general practice to spend extra time talking to patients to ensure they get the care needed, under a new National...
Study says Covid-19 may have arrived in US in December
The deadly coronavirus may have circulated in the United States as early as December, about a month earlier than believed by the US Centers for Disease Control and...
Blood test finds 60,000 undetected Covid-19 cases in Australia
In Australia, federal government-funded research has revealed far more people have potentially been exposed to the coronavirus than anticipated. Researchers from...
Heather du Plessis-Allan: Government's books shows wasteful spending has to stop
The government books have been opened and it’s pretty much as grim as forecast. In the short term, the economic shock looks slightly better than expected. But...
The Huddle: Rotorua marathon and Labour's education policy
There are hopes replacing the decile system with an equity index will give schools fairer reputations. If re-elected, the Labour Party promises to allocate funding...
UK unemployment edges up but much worse expected
Unemployment in the U.K. edged up in July even though large sections of the British economy reopened after the coronavirus lockdown, a clear signal that the jobless...