Story host Heather du Plessis-Allan comes up with a 'bucket list' after quitting TV
Heather du Plessis-Allan has come up with a bucket list of ways she plans to spend her time after quitting TV.
The Story presenter and RadioLive Sunday host revealed she would be leaving Mediaworks, and taking a break from television, when the current affairs show wraps up in three weeks' time.
"If you're going to sign up to do a show on television that requires you to be there five nights a week, and then you still do a radio show on a Sunday, you have nobody to blame but yourself for doing six days a week," du Plessis-Allan said.
"I don't think it's sustainable to work like this forever. Even if it was sustainable, I don't want to."
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Du Plessis-Allan said the reaction to news of her departure had been "really lovely", with viewers and listeners wishing her well.
Her husband, Newstalk ZB political editor Barry Soper, was also supportive of her decision, she said.
"Barry's happy to know I'll be spending a bit more time with him."
When asked what she planned to do next, du Plessis-Allan said: "I'm considering a few things, but I haven't made up my mind, and I don't feel like I need to make up my mind anytime soon."
She was compiling her "bucket list" on Sunday, with the help of RadioLive listeners, of things she wanted to do with her newfound free time.
At the top was a campervan tour of the South Island, which she would undertake in the week after Story went off air, with her husband and friends.
"We're going to check out Hokitika, because I read The Luminaries and thought it seemed like a rad place," she said.
Next on the list was seeing a cricket match at the Basin Reserve.
"I live down the road from the Basin Reserve when I'm in Wellington and I run through it often, and I've always wanted to go and watch cricket, and never had the chance."
She wants to learn Maori, and study a law paper at university. Making a holiday video - "like Max Key, with electronic dance music underneath" - was also a top priority.
Du Plessis-Allan, who is based in Auckland and commutes to Wellington every fortnight, said some listeners had asked if babies were on the agenda.
"It's too hard to have a baby when you're living in a different city to your husband, so I think we'll just put that one on hold."