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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.

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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.

    Movement Cycling Group taking action to the high court over Harbour Bridge cycleway decision

    Movement Cycling Group taking action to the high court over Harbour Bridge cycleway decision

    Auckland Harbour Bridge won't have trial lanes for walking and cycling, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency Board confirmed today.

    In a statement today, Waka Kotahi said it is "strongly committed to providing a safe network for walking and cycling" in the Auckland region, integrated with public transport, to "support a shift to active and shared modes with better climate outcomes".

    However, it says it cannot support a trial of lane reallocation on the Auckland Harbour Bridge due to "significant" health and safety issues.

    Movement Cycling Group's Bevan Woodward joined Heather du Plessis Allan Drive to defend the cycleway trial.

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    Dr Angela Clark: DNA could provide answers to human remains found in suitcases

    Dr Angela Clark: DNA could provide answers to human remains found in suitcases

    A forensic anthropologist believes answers could come from the DNA of the remains of two children, whose bodies were found in suitcases in Auckland.

    The remains were found in the contents of a storage unit, won in an online auction and taken to a Manurewa home last Thursday.

    New Zealand Police are working with Interpol and overseas agencies as part of the investigation, and it's believed some family of the children may still be in New Zealand.

    It's believed the bodies had been in the unit for three to four years and they were aged between five and 10 when they died.

    Otago University's Dr Angela Clark told Heather du Plessis-Allan DNA from the remains can be used to establish the ages, and links to family members.

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    Peter Dunne on Gaurav Sharma drama: Either way it's a massive train wreck

    Peter Dunne on Gaurav Sharma drama: Either way it's a massive train wreck

    A former longtime MP says an investigation's needed into the claims made by Gaurav Sharma.

    Peter Dunne says as soon as the rogue MP levelled accusations against Labour, its whips and the Prime Minister's office Jacinda Ardern should have commissioned a probe.

    Sharma was expelled from the caucus on Tuesday and faces expulsion when caucus meets again in four days.

    But Dunne says told Heather du Plessis-Allan it might be too late for an independent investigation into the allegations.

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    Health New Zealand Rob Campbell: Restructuring is not an easy task, reform takes time

    Health New Zealand Rob Campbell: Restructuring is not an easy task, reform takes time

    Defensive attitudes in the health system may risk slowing down reforms.

    The chair of the nation's new centralised service - Health New Zealand - has described the sector has being more dysfunctional than expected.

    Rob Campbell says all of the now former District Health Board operated differently with varied outcomes, making it hard to compile information.

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    Heather du Plessis-Allan: It'll come down to who you believe, Sharma vs Labour

    Heather du Plessis-Allan: It'll come down to who you believe, Sharma vs Labour

    One of Labour’s biggest problems right now is that Dr Gaurav Sharma seems like a nice man. I’ve watched his TV interview from last night.  I listened to two radio interviews he gave today. 

    He’s calm, confident and warm.   

    That makes this battle against him harder for Labour because this might ultimately all come down to who you trust the most. And that's because both sides are firing shots but neither side is really backing up the claims with evidence. 

    Labour says he’s a bully and that he’s misrepresenting the messages of support and solidarity he’s had from other Labour MP's but they don’t provide any evidence to prove he’s a bully or that he’s lying.  All we know is three anonymous staffers are unhappy, one was in tears, and there was a hiring freeze on his office, but why?  We don’t know. 

    He said he complained about a staff member drunk at work, that it’s the Labour whips who are bullies and  that Kieran McAnulty yelled at him. He also said the Prime Minister’s office is deliberately hiding official information, and that backbenchers were coached last Monday on how to hide information, but he doesn’t provide any information. 

    So it's probably going to end up with us deciding who we think is telling the truth based on how credible we think either side is.

    And he looks credible; certainly he looks more credible than other MPs gone rogue.  Remember Chris carter running down corridors with TV cameras following him?  Remember Jamie Lee Ross driving through the night from Auckland to Wellington? 

    In fact Jamie Lee Ross is a good contrast here, he always looked a bit slippery didn’t he?  Not someone you could really trust. This guy is a different story, a quietly spoken GP who clearly doesn’t care if he loses his parliamentary career as long as he gets his version of events out.

    Just that alone makes him a more formidable opponent than Labour appears to have realised. 
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    Auckland Airport CEO Carrie Hurihanganui: There's a number of elements causing the decline in profit

    Auckland Airport CEO Carrie Hurihanganui: There's a number of elements causing the decline in profit

    Auckland International Airport said Covid-19 travel restrictions were responsible for an 80.9 per cent decline in its net profit to $28.1 million for the six months to December 31.

    The company, in its earnings outlook for the full year to June 30, said it expects to report a net loss of between $35m and $55m.

    Revenue for the six months fell by 64.9 per cent to $131.5m and its operating profit dropped by 68.4 per cent to $88.2m.

    The company's earnings per share fell by 84.1 per cent to 1.91 cents.

    Auckland Airport said its net underlying loss for the half came to $10.5m.

    CEO of Auckland Airport Carrie Hurihanganui joined Heather du Plessis-Allan Drive to discuss its decline in profit.

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79 Ratings

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Straight talker.

Love the show. Heather is on the front foot and knowledgeable. Great interviewer. Incompetent ministers must fear her. Love it!

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