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Heather Du Plessis-Allan to Head Newstalk ZB Drive

Press Release for Immediate Release – Monday 29 April 2019

29 April 2019 – Newstalk ZB has announced that multi-media journalist and commentator Heather du Plessis-Allan is the new host of Newstalk ZB Drive.

The Wellington Mornings host and Herald on Sunday Columnist has built an incredible resume over the last 15 years.

At the forefront of New Zealand news and current affairs, the TV Awards finalist has hosted prime-time TV shows, grilled politicians in her role as a Press Gallery journalist, broken many new stories including the Saudi Sheep Farm revelation and an investigation that showed up the flaws in our firearms laws, covered the Oscar Pistorius murder trial in Pretoria and the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Since 2017 she’s been keeping Wellingtonians company in the morning on Newstalk ZB.

Du Plessis-Allan will step into Drive, following Larry Williams departure after 27 years in the job.

Excited about the move, she says “This is the opportunity of a lifetime and I intend to come at it with everything. Interviewing the news-makers of the day and talking about the issues New Zealanders care about is my dream job. I am beyond thrilled.”

Du Plessis-Allan will be based at NZME’s Auckland HQ.

Jason Winstanley, Head of Talk for NZME, is delighted du Plessis-Allan is stepping into this coveted role. “Heather has done a fantastic job for Newstalk ZB in Wellington, building audience numbers with engaging daily commentary. Her skills and experience make her the perfect candidate for this important job. We can’t wait to see her in action on ZB Drive”.

Newstalk ZB Drive with Heather du Plessis-Allan will commence Monday 13 May.


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