September 2016

The Weekender 24/09/2016

Hello, don't forget that tonight it is daylight savings in New Zealand.


Sport

This weekend the Rugby Championship took a break but last weekend Australia continued their amazing run of wins (that's two in a row) when they beat Argentina 36-20. Their confidence levels are sky high, you'd think they had won the Rugby World Cup! Currently the All Blacks have won the championship, with two games spare - the earliest ever, and are sitting on the highest point differential.

The first cricket test for the Black Caps against India began three days ago. NZ started well and then Kane Williamson and Latham put on a good stand to have NZ looking good at the end of the shortened second day. However India bowled the Black Caps out cheaply to be on top and the moment.

The NZ Warriors made a big name signing of Kieran Foran - pending a clearance from the NRL. The former bad-boy ended up being chased by a number of clubs and many are picking great things for the Warriors with this signing, but soo many players do so well before and after playing for the Warriors.


NZ News

The weather has been interesting with a large slip blocking SH 3 between the Waikato and Taranaki. It actually happened the evening of the Waikato vs Taranaki Ranfurly Shield match (which was a 20-20 draw, Waikato scoring late & retains The Shield). 

The Police made a complaint to Labour leader Andrew Little, over the Labour Police spokesman Stuart Nash who has heaped unrelenting criticism on the police district commander for the Eastern District. Nash agreed to back down.

Apparently the news of a French hitchhikers dramas has hit headlines around the world after he wasn't picked up for four days on the West Coast. He got angry and damaged a road sign, and finally got a ride - by the police to Greymouth District Court. His side of the story made NZ look bad but over the following days, more info has come out. Apparently he firstly stole a $1,000 sleeping bag from Kathmandu in Auckland, and then stories of a number of people stopping to give him a lift - only to be abused by the hitchhiker!

Labour released a news story showing how terrible the government's housing policies are, with the headline stating that more than a million kiwis are locked out of home ownership. As soon as I saw that headline the first thing I thought was, cool, so around 3.7 million kiwis can afford a house - go New Zealand.


The Numbers Game

5.1: richter scale earthquake near Ruatoria
612,527: $ average NZ house price apparently
1m: $ average Auckland house price
300m: $ fundraising drive launched by Auckland University


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5584 (0.0043)
EUR 0.6479 (-0.0028)
USD 0.7265 (-0.0030)
AUD 0.9519 (-0.0205)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Robert Webster
design of viruses
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Webster_(virologist)


Joke of the Weekender

I’ve been working on my PhD
in engineering for the past five years, but my kids don’t necessarily see that as work.
As we were driving past Walmart one day, my son spotted a Now Hiring sign and suggested that I could get
a job there.
Hoping to make a point, I asked, “Do you think they’re looking for an engineer?”
“Oh, sure,” he said. “They’ll hire anybody.”


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The Weekender 17/09/2016

Hello, I hope you've had a good week! There has been a bit of rain in central areas this weekend.


Sport

Tonight in the Rugby Championship, the All Blacks have beaten South Africa 41-13 to bank their fourth bonus point win in four games. Last weekend Aaron Smith didn't have a good game. In my memory that's his first game for the All Blacks where he hasn't been amazing. He was back to his best tonight and it showed with the All Blacks almost always on the front foot.

Following up last weekend, Australia snapped a year long losing streak (six games) to beat South Africa 23-17 in the Rugby Championship, and it looks like that will continue after scoring three quick tries at the start of the game against Argentina.

In other news former All Black Filo Tiatia has been named coach of the Japanese Super Rugby team the Sunwolves.

 

At the Paralympics, Sophie Pascoe got her second gold in the women's 100m Backstroke S10, and then another in the 200m individual medley. Liam Malone won NZ's second athletics gold in the Men's T43/44 200m. All of that and a lot more leaves NZ ninth on the medal table with nine golds, five silvers and five bronze, and NZ currently leads the totals medals per capita.

 

In netball the Silver Ferns have been playing Jamaica, and won the first game 72-34, then on Wednesday won 61-38, and completed a clean sweep winning the final game tonight 66-38.

 

George Bennett has become the first kiwi to break into the top 10 for the finish of a grand tour. George finished tenth in the tour of Spain.

 

Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney has replaced Andrew McFadden as coach of the NZ Warriors. Andrew will stay on as an assistant coach. And David Kidwell has been named coach of the Kiwis.


NZ News

The Government has announced an inquiry into the water contamination in Hawke's Bay recently. Around 4,500 people became ill.


The Numbers Game

5.0: and 4.6 richter scale aftershocks this week for the East Coast
26: % for Labour in the latest One News Colmar Brunton poll is bad news a year out from the election - their lowest result since 2014

53: % of people (in a ONCB poll) think the government should make houses in Auckland more affordable, even if it lowers average house prices
1,200: new homes to replace 300 state houses in Northcote with 400 to be social housing, to be completed by 2021

8m: $ worth of drugs resulted in five years in prison for a man after Customs intercepted his packages
35m: $ shortfall for Canterbury District Health Board for the next financial year

3.4b: $ estimate for the Auckland City Rail link, up from $2.8b


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5541 (-0.0001)

EUR 0.6507 (-0.0041)

USD 0.7295 (-0.0075)

AUD 0.9724 (0.0036)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Craig Hine
A Tauranga truck driver has been lauded as a hero for stopping in busy traffic to rescue an elderly man's mobility scooter which was stuck on railway tracks - moments before a train arrived.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11709724&r...


Joke of the Weekender

I once gave my husband the silent treatment for an entire week, at the end of which he declared, “Hey, we’re getting along pretty great lately!”


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The Weekender: mailed weekly (Sunday nightish)

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The Weekender 10/09/2016

Welcome along!


Sport
The poorly named "Rugby Championship" continued tonight with Argentina here in Hamilton taking on the All Blacks. Argentina started with a try and continued playing well enough to be only 24-22 down after 50 minutes. But from then on the All Blacks scored regularly to win 57-22.

In National rugby Taranaki jumped into second in the Premiership against last placed Southland.
In other news, Sir Gordon Tiejens has retired as coach of the national rugby sevens team after twenty two years in charge. He has "discovered" a huge number of players who've moved on to become All Blacks, won 12 sevens titles, two Rugby World Cup Sevens titles and four Commonwealth Games gold medals.
Kiwi Warren Gatland has been confirmed as the coach for the British & Irish Lions tour in 2017 to New Zealand.

NZ have started well in the Paralympics with two golds, a silver and a two bronze, putting us 11th on the table so far.

Last weekend Scott Dixon won the Watkins Glen Indy Car Grand Prix for the fourth time. It puts him into fourth on the career list and it was his second win of the season.

Tom Walsh did it again! For the third time in a row he broke the NZ shot put record, however this time he was beaten by the Olympic champ by seven cm.
Valerie Adams won her fifth Diamond League crown, when she finished second in the final meet of the season.

Kiwi rider Jack Bauer has won a stage on the Tour of Britain. He won the sprint finish on the fifth stage into Bath.


NZ News
Earlier this week there was a bit of a wintery blast for spring. For the first time in seven years, Pirongia had a good dusting of snow, and although we didn't get much more than wind, it was certainly cold wind straight off the snow.
The Numbers Game
5.1: richter scale earthquake hit Marlborough Sounds
6.7: richter scale earthquake hit south of New Zealand
17.6: degC in Mt Ruapehu's crater lake - up from a low of 12 degC, and accompanying a increase in volcanic tremors
744: aftershocks on the East Coast after last week's massive earthquake
Finance NZ Dollar
(From the 4th)
GBP 0.5542 (0.0063)
EUR 0.6548 (0.0018)
USD 0.7370 (0.0084)
AUD 0.9688 (0.0070)
The Weekender NZer of the week
Margaret Brimble
An internationally renowned Kiwi chemistry researcher has been honoured by her fellow scientists with the Marsden Medal for a lifetime of outstanding achievement.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11706151&r...
Joke of the Weekender
The black lacquer stand
holding his prized samurai swords was dusty, so my husband left our cleaning lady a note, reading, “Check out my swords.” That evening, he found the stand just as dirty as
before but with this appended to
his note: “Nice swords.”



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The Weekender 04/09/2016

Welcome back. I've had a great trip to Ireland for an awesome wedding, now to figure out what happened while I was away!


Sport
The Olympics was on when I left the country and NZ missed out on a number of medals we thought we might get. Our Rugby Seven's team was knocked out by Fiji, after falling to Japan in their first game. The Seven's women were beaten by Australia in the final, and Valerie Adams was beaten by an American who had a surprisingly good throw. But we didn't do as bad as Australia who had their worst outing in years. And then the success stories started coming through. Hamish Bond and Eric Murray won the first gold in the rowing coxless pair, Luuka Jones was a surprise silver in the canoe slalom, Mahe Drysdale defended his men's single sculls, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke got gold in yachting's 49er class, Lisa Carrington won the K1 200m, and got bronze in the K1 500m, Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie got silver in the women's 470 yachting, Alex Maloney and Molly Meech got silver in the 49erFX and Nick Willis won our final medal - a bronze - in the 1500m, as the oldest athlete to win a medal. That left us with 4 Gold, 9 Silver, 5 Bronze, for one of our best medal hauls ever.

The Black Caps started their African tour in Zimbabwe and in the 2nd test won by 254 runs. Then they went on to South Africa. After 1 and a bit days of play there was some rain which ended play for the day. Then despite fine weather for the next two days, the ground was too wet to play on and the match was abandoned. Weird.

The rugby continued through the Olympics with the biggest news being a listening device being found in one of the All Blacks meeting rooms before the first Bledisloe Cup/Rugby Championship game in Australia. But it didn't change the result with the All Blacks beating Australia 42-8. The second game in Wellington was similar with a 29-9 result.
In the other games South Africa narrowly won their first game, but Argentina stunned them in the second game 26-24.
In local rugby, Waikato have had a couple of Ranfurly Shield challenges and have defended the Log o wood so far beating North Harbour and Manawatu 19-10 this weekend. Auckland and Southland were 9-6 at half time before Auckland stepped up for a 51-16 win

The Warriors season was left in tatters after they lost a must win game with a disallowed try on a technicality in the much maligned bunker's system. They didn't recover for the next two games and so their season ended today without making the playoffs.

Tom Walsh has done well after getting bronze at the Olympics with a win in the Diamond League event in Paris, and also set a NZ record. Then in Zurich he won again, and again set a NZ record.

The Silver Fern's kicked off the the Quad Series with a 65-39 win over England, then they beat the Protea's 65-46 after a strong challenge early, and they looked like they had the measure of Australia in the deciding game but the Diamonds finished strongly to edge the Ferns 60-55 and win the inaugural trophy.


NZ News
Labour have promised to pay a chunk of student loans, for people who work in the regions, according to a new policy being developed.

Hawkes Bay had a problem with their city water supply and hundreds of people getting a gastro illness.

Sir Jerry Mateparae and Lady Janine Mateparae have been given a state farewell after five years service as the Governer General.

There was a massive 7.1 earthquake off the East Coast for the biggest shake in the North Island for 20 years this week. Many people were woken up by the 4:37am quake, even as far away as Hamilton and Auckland. There were initial fears of a Tsunami, and the aftershocks have included a normally large 5.5 quake. The quake cut power to 1000 homes and there was some damage but it doesn't seem like there was any serious damage.


The Numbers Game
8: th most liveable city in the world ranking for Auckland, despite property prices and traffic problems
45.1: % support for National after a 1.9% drop, with Labour and the Greens combined on 44.2%
60.3: % support for Phil Goff in the Auckland mayoral race
284: fraud charges against a Waikato woman who supplied fake visas to Filipinos
500: cows stolen from a Canterbury farm
600: migrants a week are settling in Auckland - for the year to June
23,000: students taken out of school for family holidays each school term
4m: $ extra in power spent over the weekend when a cold snap hit the country
Finance NZ Dollar
From 06/08/2016
GBP 0.5479 (0.0008)
EUR 0.6530 (0.0078)
USD 0.7286 (0.0113)
AUD 0.9618 (0.0227)
The Weekender NZer of the week
Ishmael Musa
When Ishmael Musa moved to Auckland's Mt Albert 12 years ago from Kuwait, he didn't like seeing rubbish on the streets, making the area look untidy. So every day, rain or shine, he wanders the community, voluntarily sweeping the streets, picking up litter and sorting recycling from rubbish.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11698840&r...
Joke of the Weekender
When asked for his name by the coffee shop clerk, my brother-in-law answered, “Marc, with a C.” Minutes later, he was handed his coffee with his name written on the side: Cark.

Darren Harrison: darren@harrison.gen.nz
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