The Weekender 18/11/2017

Heading on toward the end of the year!


Sport

In the Rugby League World Cup, the Kiwis were ahead of Tonga 16-2 at halftime but Tonga was inspired by Jason Taumalolo to a 22-28 win. The win was all the more interesting considering Taumalolo defected from NZ only a week or two before the RLWC started.

Brendon Hartley qualified 15th for F1's Brazilian Grand Prix but started from the back of the grid after serving a grid penalty. He was then forced to retire with another power unit failure. Brendon has been confirmed as having a drive for Toro Rosso for 2018 in F1. Aucklander Nick Cassidy won the SUPER GT series - Japan's premier motor racing series, in a Lexus LC500.

The current All Whites had their biggest game of their lives this week. They held Peru to a draw in Wellington and then flew to Peru for the return leg, playing for a spot in the worlds biggest sporting event - the Football World Cup. Then end result was a 2-0 loss. There were interesting stories about fans setting off fireworks at 3 am and 4 am outside the All Whites hotel, and the air force doing a very loud fly over early in the morning. About locals surrounding the team bus to delay it arriving at the ground, and the flight having an unscheduled refuelling stop. Most of that was dismissed by a bit of logic (soundproof hotels, the air force flying over the entire city!, the crowds were everywhere etc), leaving the only bad thing was a couple of green laser pointers highlighting certain All White players during the game. In the end, Peru was far more passionate and won the game.
The Wellington Phoenix won their first game of the season after putting five past Perth Glory for a 5-2 win.

The All Blacks continued their northern tour last weekend with a 38-18 win over France. The first half was great but the second half terrible for the All Blacks. Sonny Bill Williams reverted to league rules and was penalised and yellow carded - although in the week the ref apologised for the yellow saying he was wrong. Dane Coles is out for 4-6 months after rupturing his ACL during the game. Then a few days later the All Blacks beat a France XV 28-23 in a close game. Finally, the All Blacks aren't happy with Hurricanes captain Brad Shields who snubbed an international call-up to sign for Wasps in an attempt to make the England World Cup squad.
In other International games, Ireland thrashed South Africa 38-3, and Australia beat Wales 21-29.

The NZ Breakers are on an eight-game roll with another narrow 88-82 win over the Perth Wildcats. With the two wins over Perth, their 8-1 gives them a bit of a buffer over second-placed Perth with 5-3.

Silver Fern Maria Tutaia has married Aussie rugby player Israel Folau in a private ceremony in Australia.


NZ News

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (37 yrs old) has attacked Australia's handling of the Manus Island refugees and coincidentally, this week news was leaked about some horrible crimes from among the detainees.

There was an article pointing out how people probably hoped the new government would be more truthful than the old government, but that only two weeks in, and there are already a number of examples where they are proving to be dodgy. They claimed our maternity leave levels were "one of the lowest in the OECD where the average is 48 weeks". That is three times ours. But it was just spin - the OECD average is actually 17.7 weeks.

Another article published in the Washington Post, claimed that the government was being held hostage by the "far right" (i.e. Winston Peters and NZ First). That is the last thing Jacinda Ardern wants to be published. Labour will reject National's proposal to allow fathers and mothers to take parental leave at the same time, saying they support it - but not yet. I think National is enjoying supporting things they don't have to pay for - the joy of being in opposition.

And the Greens have been getting more & more annoyed (only two/three weeks in!) saying they would vote against the revised Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, and also baulking at being asked to support NZ First's "Waka jumping" bill.

New Zealand First MP and defence minister Ron Marks was pulled up for wearing his medals in the wrong order, and it has also been found that he was wearing foreign service medals which he did not have permission to wear. He was seeking advice and permission.

I really wonder if you could get an honest answer from a politician, whether asking Labour in a couple of months, they would say that maybe National had done a decent job. There have been a large number of stories recently about Labour's response to a certain situations and what they are saying is pretty much exactly what National had been doing, or was going to do. One example is Pike River, which Labour swore black & blue (or rather campaigned on) would be re-entered and bodies of the miners retrieved. Then today Pike River mine minister Andrew Little starts backing down, saying he can not guarantee a re-entry of the mine. He will do what he can, but safety is the top priority. So how is that different to what National said? It isn't. I can no longer find the article, but news came out this week that the government is going to have to borrow a lot more than they thought to pay for all their promises - as previously predicted by the opposition.

With the Prime Minister and Winston Peters out of the country, it was up to Kelvin Davis to answer questions in parliament as Acting Prime Minister, and answer he did. He was happy to answer yes or no, once one of the other MPs told him what to say - and even then he didn't always get it right. They didn't even try to hide what they were doing.

In other news, United Future members have decided to disband the party after a poor showing in the latest election. Former leader Peter Dunne agreed that it was the right decision.


The Numbers Game

3: people in the Waikato were seriously ill and unconscious soon after eating wild boar suffering from botulism
99: years since the WW1 Armistice Day, celebrated by thousands around the country
600: lightning strikes in two hours Auckland with a severe thunderstorm
1.8b: $ East-West link road in Auckland was approved by a board of inquiry - but has been scrapped by the new government.


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5157 (-0.0141)
EUR 0.5779 (-0.0206)
USD 0.6818 (-0.0137)
AUD 0.9013 (-0.0046)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Colin Murdoch
Dreamer for Millions
The Timaru inventor who would awaken from dreams at night with three-dimensional drawings revolving through his imagination. Pieces would be added and removed: a mental version of CAD. He would then get up and go to the kitchen table, working with pencil and ruler until he had his idea on paper. Colin Murdoch’s dreams, designs and sketches would become inventions used in every corner of the world. 
He wanted to design a more effective vaccinator for animals and, in doing so, designed and invented the disposable syringe: a device that has saved millions of human lives. Sufferers of diabetes depend on Murdoch’s invention every day to administer their dose of insulin safely. He also conceived and developed the tranquilliser dart gun, which has saved the lives of millions of animals.
http://www.nzedge.com/legends/colin-murdoch/


Joke of the Weekender

What do we want?
Low flying aeroplane noises!
When do we want them?
NNNEEEEEEOOOOOOOOWWWWWW.


 

 

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The Weekender 11/11/2017

Hello, today is a birthday party for a soon to be five-year-old, so I'm getting in early.


Sport

The All Blacks kicked off their northern tour with a tough 31-22 win over the kiwi-stacked Barbarians.
NZ born, Bundee Aki, the former Chiefs and Counties Manukau player, has completed his Irish residency and will play his first game for Ireland against South Africa this weekend.

Last weekend the NZ Breakers had a stunning finish to beat the Cairns Taipans 73-70 after the scores were tied with 1.9 seconds remaining. This weekend they have beaten their old rivals the Perth Wildcats, 88-84 to move to 7-1 in the ANBL. They are doing better than Stephen Adams' Oklahoma City Thunder.

Lydia Ko has claimed her fourth top-five finish out of the last seven LPGA events.

Brendon Hartley is still having engine issues in his Formula 1 car, but he and kiwi teammate Earl Bamber have won the World Endurance Championship with a second place in the race at Shanghai.
Jamie Whincup won the Sunday race for the Aussie V8's at Pukekohe, extending his championship lead. And Kiwi Richie Stanaway looks set to have a full-time drive in the Aussie V8's for 2018, everyone is just waiting for the details.

Former teammates Blair Tuke and Peter Burling are in different boats for the Volvo Ocean Race and on the second leg, they were battling each other for the lead.
Peter Burling was named 2017 World Sailor of the Year for the second time.

Surfer Paige Hareb has broken back into the surfing world tour at a pro event in Australia this week. She had been on the tour for six years before dropping out in 2014.

India won the deciding T20 match to win the T20 series against the Black Caps.


NZ News

Jacinda Ardern headed to Australia for her first diplomatic visit as Prime Minister and other than a meet and greet, it seemed to be a waste of time. She didn't get anywhere asking Australia to not charge NZers as must for tertiary fees, and she got nowhere asking to take 150 refugees from Manus Island.

During the week National highlighted Labour's planned 'erosion of democratic rights' by a plan to have only 96 select committee places. Generally, there are about the same number of select committee places as MPs, and they are roughly similar percentages of seats won. Labour's plan would have changed that.

However, it all went pear-shaped for Labour in their first parliamentary outing - the typically pedestrian voting for the Speaker of the House. The close margin was clear when a number of Labour MPs were overseas on official visits - but hadn't been sworn in, so couldn't vote by proxy. National flexed a bit of opposition muscle, threatening to block Trevor Mallard's election as speaker until Labour had some hurried anxious discussions and agreed to back down on the select committee places. It was a big win for the opposition and showed how fractured the government could be - or at least how confusing it could be making sure everyone is there.

The other huge news was information that Winston Peters is suing a number of people in relation to his leaked superannuation information during the election campaign. The first point here is that Winston has absolutely no proof. This is purely a fishing expedition. The next point is that he served the papers the day before the election and it was to a couple of reporters and a few National people - like Paula Bennett. So the key point here is that Winston strung out the entire country for two weeks saying he could go either way, but in reality, he was suing National people so he was really just taking his time to get the best deal from Labour. The entire idea of it being a fair and responsible decision was a load of rubbish - but that's who people voted in.

Labour confirmed that paid parental leave would increase to 26 weeks by 2020. There have been a number of comments on the TPPA agreement that was supposed to be signed this week. Labour started this back with Helen Clark, National did all the work and it looked like Labour was going to sign it off. One comment during the week was how Labour would be breaking their word to sign it - since they promoted huge public responses against it while National was pushing it. But as it turned out Canada didn't turn up, apparently by accident. Now Trade Minister David Parker is saying "Life will go on without the TPP" - a bizarre thing for a Trade Minister to say!
Labour has signalled its intention to repeal the so-called "Hobbit law", which brought more than $500m worth of movie production to New Zealand. The film industry heavy-hitters had a meeting this week to discuss it, but we might not have any movies made in NZ for a while.


The Numbers Game

8: people injured in Guy Fawkes related incidents - will Labour ban personal fireworks in the next three years?
29: arrests in South Auckland in celebrations from the Tonga win over Samoa in their Rugby World Cup pool game
140: kph wind gusts in Wellington - it should barely even make the news!
740: cases of the mumps in Auckland since the start of the year - the largest outbreak in 23 years.
131,500: residents in Tauranga, up more than 11,000 in the last four years.
9.3m: $ loss for NZ cricket.


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5298 (0.0007)
EUR 0.5985 (0.0041)
USD 0.6955 (0.0038)
AUD 0.9059 (0.0039)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Brydone & Davidson
Chilly Bin Billionaires
New Zealand has long been heralded, mythologised (and of late, analysed) as a country that ‘rode to fortune on the sheep’s back’. The $4 billion+ export food industry of today might never have happened were it not for the innovation and wisdom shown by a group of legendary settlers of the 1880’s led by William Davidson and Thomas Brydone. The next time you carve into a tender fillet of Kiwi lamb sirloin, now exported to more than 190 countries around the world, you might like to chew on the fascinating story of how the frozen meat export industry began; a story of technology, determination, vision and pioneering colonialism. 
http://www.nzedge.com/legends/brydone-davidson/


Joke of the Weekender

What's the difference between a hippo and a zippo?
One is really heavy, and the other is a little lighter.

 

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The Weekender 04/11/2017

Welcome to the November - this far through the year already!


Sport

The All Blacks take on the Barbarians this weekend in England to kick off their northern tour. The Barbarians have thirteen kiwis in the squad.

Canterbury continued their dominance of the Mitre 10 Cup with a 35-13 win over Tasman in the final.

The Rugby League World Cup continued with the Kiwis beating Samoa 38-8 and then thrashing Scotland 74-6, but all the talk has been about the Samoa vs Tonga game tonight in Hamilton. There have been a few clashes between supporters in South Auckland this week, but it seemed to calm down with no trouble in Hamilton tonight, but we were driving across town today and there were heaps of cars driving around with flags from one or the other country. Tonga were the winners 32-18.

The Aussie V8's are at Pukekohe this weekend and while title-contender Fabian Coulthard crashed out badly, fellow kiwi and defending champion Shane van Gisbergen won the Saturday race to move closer to the front of the table, and Scott McLaughlin came third.

The Wellington Phoenix looked to have turned a new leaf when they were up 3-0 against the Brisbane Roar. But they managed to blow the lead and had to settle for a 3-3 draw.

The Black Caps fell short of a maiden ODI win in India when they were narrowly beaten by six runs in the final ODI.

Lydia Ko started strongly in Japan and remains in the top-10 with one round to go.


NZ News

It has just surfaced that part of the NZ First-Labour agreement, calls for improving relations with Russia, positioning NZ alongside America, however, the EU Ambassador has been unusually critical of the move.
Labour has ignored the facts that NZ education consistently ranks highly and has planned major changes including axing league tables and a big shakeup for NCEA. They are also ignoring the great economy and aim to finalise a ban on overseas homebuyers within a couple of weeks - National has pointed out that overseas buyers are less than 2%, so other than annoying foreign investors, the move is unlikely to do anything for housing.
And it doesn't stop there. Apparently, Labour is planning on politicising the District Health Boards by demanding resignation letters from chairmen of DHB's who are not "on the same wavelength" as the new government.

The Department of Corrections annual report indicated that there was an increase of 700 prisoners this year. The number of unnatural deaths was down to one, from 11 the previous year. There were no break-outs or escapes - for the third year running. Five people escaped from escort (out of 62,500) but they were all apprehended and returned to custody. Reoffending has been declining over the last six years. The Labour government seems to have ignored this and part of their major changes is that they are scrapping the "three strikes" law, in their words "because it's not working".

The new government has planned to add 1,800 police officers over three years but Police Minister Stuart Nash has backed down on his earlier plan of hiring police from overseas.

I understand how MMP works, and fine, NZ First picked Labour and Greens and they all had more votes than National so they get to be the government. Sure, that's how it works. But Labour seems to have taken their appointment as an indication that everyone in the country wants everything in the country completely changed. They seem to think that rather than the majority of people voting for the previous government, the result means everyone thinks everything was terrible. There are huge changes to all areas being made, and considering how well things were going before, it's a bit of a worry.


The Numbers Game

3: people killed by trains in the last 24 hours
7: people died on roads in nine hours at the start of this weekend
52: % of kiwis thought the start of spring was between "Not the Best" and "Average" - only 10% picked "Awesome/Pass"
3,199: m tall Mt Cook was skied down by three experienced European skiers
20m: $ cocaine bust in Tauranga - the largest single seizure in NZ - after a five-month-long inquiry by Customs and police.


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5291 (0.0068)
EUR 0.5944 (0.0046)
USD 0.6917 (0.0066)
AUD 0.9020 (0.0070)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Godfrey Bowen
World's Fastest Shearer
With a history steeped in agriculture, it is natural that New Zealand’s farmers, shepherds and shearers have become known throughout the world for their skill and toughness. Many have travelled, to teach and work in foreign countries, but few have been invited to Buckingham Palace, appeared on late-night American television or been honoured by the leader of the Soviet Union. Only one: Godfrey Bowen. 
http://www.nzedge.com/legends/endurance/godfrey-bowen/


Joke of the Weekender

I have an EpiPen. My friend gave it to me when he was dying, it seemed very important to him that I have it.


 

Darren Harrison: darren@harrison.gen.nz
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The Weekender 28/10/2017

Hello, it's been a wet weekend - and was last weekend too, but we've had some lovely days in between.


Sport

The Black Caps were in action this week in the first ODI against India, in India. Trent Boult got his international season off to a good start taking four wickets and conceding only 35 runs in his 10 overs, as India reached 280 for 8. The NZ openers got a few, the captain not much, but Tom Latham and Ross Taylor both did great 103 & 95 respectively as NZ reached 284 for 4. India won the second game with a six-wicket win but NZ has one more chance to win their first ever ODI series against India in India.

As predicted the final Bledisloe Cup game wasn't all easy and Australia won their first game against the All Blacks in 805 days with a 23-18 win.
In national rugby, after sixteen years of trying, Wellington has finally won a final! They beat Bay of Plenty 59-45 after 100 minutes of rugby and will return to the Premiership.

Lydia Ko continued her strong(er) form by claiming a second in the LPGA Tour event in Taiwan, and she was on the top of the leaderboard in Malaysia this weekend.

The NZ Breakers upset Melbourne at home 88-76, while Tom Abercrombie was hitting his 250th game in the ANBL against Brisbane.
Stephen Adams continued having good games while the OKC lost with a 20-point haul against Minnesota losing 119-116.

The Ferns have lost 30-37 to England in the Fast5 Netball World Series opener.

Brendon Hartley finished 13th in his F1 debut in the US Grand Prix, a great result and enough to get him another drive this weekend in Mexico. There is also talk he will finish out the last few races and is being offered a contract for next season.

The Rugby League World Cup has kicked off with Australia beating England, and currently, NZ is playing Samoa and are leading 10-0.


NZ News

National is planning to flex some opposition muscle with the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary. Apparently, NZ First is supported by a number of fishery organisations, and there was talk that one of their points was that Labour would have to can the massive sanctuary. But National will be aiming to lodge a member's bill and hope the Green Party either vote for it, or abstain from voting which would be enough for National to push it through.

Finance Minister Grant Robertson has claimed that the Blacks Ferns should be paid better - pretty ironic because one of the things this government has already announced is that they want New Zealand National sport to be free for viewing - which has to mean everyone is going to have less money (maybe he's just going for parity by paying everyone less?).

It was announced this week that Winston Peters with his 7.2% of the vote will be Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister. His "cast-iron commitment" to move the Port of Auckland to Northland has been watered down. One problem he overlooked during electioneering was that Auckland Council owns it - not the government.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will be annoyed again at being likened to Donald Trump by USA Today. They said she had Trump-like characteristics with her strong stance on immigration. Labour plans to introduce a 10 cent/Litre tax on petrol to fund their light rail to the airport - and that was on their first day of office.

The Kea was crowned NZ bird of the year.


The Numbers Game

5: dead on the roads over Labour Weekend mean the road toll numbers are still heading up
5.4: Richter scale earthquake near Kaikoura
7: th most powerful passport in the world
100: days before the Hamilton Sevens and the tickets have sold out
20m: $ expected savings in power for schools after Labour and the Greens agreed to put in solar panels - with an expected cost of $150m
1b: $ to be poured into the regions under the Labour & NZ First coalition deal


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5223 (-0.0129)
EUR 0.5898 (-0.0068)
USD 0.6851 (-0.0203)
AUD 0.8950 (-0.0017)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Archibald McIndoe
No Ordinary Surgeon
Motivated by a desire to be more than just an ordinary doctor, Archibald Hector McIndoe pursued greatness and became much more than an ordinary surgeon. Appointed plastic surgeon to the Royal Air Force in the midst of World War II, McIndoe brought plastic surgery to the forefront of burns treatment and became a pioneer of what is more commonly known today as ‘therapeutic community’. As noted by one of his patients; “McIndoe, as well as being a great surgeon, was also a great psychologist”. 
http://www.nzedge.com/legends/archibald-mcindoe/


Joke of the Weekender

I poured root beer in a square glass.
Now I just have beer.


 

Darren Harrison: darren@harrison.gen.nz
The Weekender: mailed weekly (Sunday nightish)
Website: www.dunwich.co.nz/weekender/
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