October 2016

The Weekender 29/10/2016

Hello, great to see you, I hope you've had a good week. 


Sport

There has been talk all week about last weekend's rugby game. The All Blacks are happy with their win, but Australian commentators and coaching staff were upset with a number of aspects. They complained about the try that was missed, saying it was pivotal, they complained about the NZ Herald cartoonist drawing coach Cheika as a clown - ignoring the Australian papers attack on Richie McCaw at the RWC, ignoring that the paper is not connected to the All Blacks, ignoring that the cartoonist is in fact an Australian and ignoring that the call was from the TMO not the ref. The interesting thing is how the NZ commentators fairly call things as they see them - Australia were robbed on the first call, and NZ were robbed on the second. It seems that the Australian commentators are never quite as impartial. Australian Dean Mumm has been cited for a hit on Brodie Retallick.

While trans-tasman rugby relations is at an all time low, trans-tasman rugby/netball isn't doing as badly. Wallabies fullback Israel Folau and Silver Fern Maria Tutaia have become engaged.

In other rugby, Pat Lam has found success with Irish team Connacht. In his fourth year with the formerly minnow team, he has led them to the Pro12 title (the Irish NPC) with a 20-10 win over Leinster. Previously their best finish was eighth and they typically finished last or second to last.

Joe Schmidt has signed with Irish rugby to be national coach through to the end of the 2019 RWC, however it's looking like Pat Lam will be ready to take over when Joe returns to NZ.

The All Blacks have recognised some failings in off field incidents and have appointed the agency manager for Wellington Rape Crisis, as their new Respect and Responsibility Project manager.

Finally Canterbury have beaten Tasman 43-27 to retain the NPC title - their eighth in nine years.

In the English Premier League, Winston Reid scored in the 4th minute of injury time for a 1-0 win for West Ham over Sunderland.

The NZ Breakers haven't done well after their first game losing the next three with the last being a 88-82 loss to the Bullets.

In the cricket ODI's against India, India won the third game 2-1. For the fourth game Martin Guptill put on 72 and Tim Southee took 3-40 as the Black Caps won by 19 runs to even things up 2-2. The final game is tonight with the Black Caps having a historic ODI win over India in sight.

Steven Adams and his Oklahoma City Thunder have started the NBA well with a good game for Russell Westbrook for a 51-point triple-double beating Phoenix Suns 113-110 after being down by 15 points early in the game.

Lydia Ko hasn't been doing great recently but she found some form and moved up the leaderboard with a good 16 holes at the LPGA in Malaysia for a share of fifth place.


NZ News

John Key took 43 hours to get to India after some technical difficulties on the NZ Air Force flights. The delegation included former Black Cap captain Brendon McCullum. They had a number of high level trade meetings which seemed to go well.

Along with the Prime Minister, and number of high level MPs were overseas, and so fifth rank MP Paula Bennett was Prime Minister for a day.


The Numbers Game

3: people died over the long Labour weekend on the roads

286: complaints have been upheld against the Police for the first nine months of the year - but that is out of 1,417 allegations, 20%

176m: $ meth seizure has resulted in a twenty year old Hong Kong national in court


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5865 (0.0005)
EUR 0.6533 (-0.0046)
USD 0.7137 (-0.0030)
AUD 0.9407 (0.0003)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Yvette Williams

design of the long jump
http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/people/yvette-williams


Joke of the Weekender

Instagram is just Twitter for people who go outside.


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The Weekender 22/10/2016

Hello, how are you, we've had a lovely blue sky day today.


Sport

The All Blacks are aiming to hold a new record for the most tier-one wins in rugby but we've been here before and Australia has beaten us before to end an equal length run before. So I'm not holding my breath. No team is unbeatable.

Ok so now I know the score, here is what has happened since Australia last won the Bledisloe Cup. That was four years before Twitter was invented, and two years before Facebook, the second Lord of the Rings movie had just been released. Richie McCaw had just started his second year of international rugby, George W Bush was in his second year of Presidency, and the most advanced phone was the Nokia 7650 camera phone. It's even worse since the Aussies last won at Eden Park back in 1986. They've had 24 different captains and 242 new players.

So the end result was a 37-10 win for the All Blacks and a world record 18 consecutive test wins, but the first 60 minutes wasn't so easy to watch. Australia will complain about a key moment when the third umpire ruled obstruction for Julian Savea even though he wouldn't have stopped Australia scoring, but then the next decision was also wrong when Australia was given the call on what should have been a Dane Coles penalty try. Beauden Barrett was replaced after 45mins and missing three kicks at goal replaced with a more accurate Aaron Cruden, but Australia's Bernard Foley missed two from in front. Penalties ended up pretty even but the All Blacks made 144 tackles to Australia's 62, and conceded just 3 turnovers to Australia's 13.

In other rugby news, Dan Carter and Joe Rokocoko have been cleared of doping charges as we all knew they would.

Otago made it through to the Championship final after they beat BOP 27-20.

The Black Ferns thrashed Australia 67-3 in their first home international in more than two years.

In women's cricket the White Ferns had an eight wicket win over South Africa to lead the series 3-1. While the Black Caps won the second ODI by a few runs to level the series.

Last weekend in Rugby League the Kiwis took on the Kangaroos in Perth and Australia came away with the win 26-6.

In the Aussie V8's Shane van Gisbergen has won the Saturday race at Gold Coast extending his lead in the Championship to 160 points over his teammate Jamie Whincup. Scott McLaughlin made it a Kiwi 1-2 finishing second. However it wasn't a good day for Kiwi Fabian Coulthard who was taken out at 265 km by Garth Tander.

A year ago, Kiwi Kelly McGarry died preparing for the elite 21 rider invitation only Red Bull Rampage in Utah. This year his friend (and fellow Kiwi) Conor MacFarlane won the event and became the first recipient of the Kelly McGarry Spirit Award.

Michael Venus continues to do well with his tennis partner Mate Pavic, getting through to the semifinals at the ATP in the Stockholm Open.

Australia retained netball's Constellation Cup winning the final game 49-45 in Invercargill.

The NZ Breakers have a lot of work to do putting in an error-ridden effort to lose 78-92 against the Kings.


NZ News

This week 3,000 junior doctors went on strike - presumably because they are driven into unsafe hours of work. However I read an interesting opinion piece on this issue. The reporter pointed out a number of things. Firstly doctors know the sort of hours they need to work. Secondly, junior doctors have been on strike for this same issue, they are offered reduced hours, but they want to keep their pay. So when push comes to shove, they take the higher pay, keep the same hours, and then next round of discussions they can bring out the "unsafe working hours" story again.

Dame Jane Campion was honoured with the New Zealand Order of Merit for her work as a film director.

In a shock move, National MP and Minister of Education Hekia Parata is retiring from politics and won't be standing at the next election.


The Numbers Game

15: beggars in Hamilton, but after Police did a survey, only two are actually homeless
25: tonnes of butter in an accident north of Auckland
81: scientists and three tonnes of equipment have been shipped to Antarctica in the first support mission
93: % of Children now have the recommended two servings of milk products a day, with the help of the Fonterra milk in schools scheme
579: suicides in the last year to June, a shocking new high
15m: $ more from the government to fight drugs - the number of people using methamphetamine has dropped but the remaining pockets are using more


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5860 (0.0050)
EUR 0.6579 (0.0138)
USD 0.7167 (0.0069)
AUD 0.9404 (0.0068)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Harold Williams
design of linguistics - Fluent in 58 languages!! wow.
http://www.nzedge.com/legends/harold-williams/


Joke of the Weekender

You Can’t Teach an Old Dog to Fly
A woman called our airline 
customer-service desk asking if she could take her dog on board.
“Sure,” I said, “as long as you provide your own kennel.” I further explained that the kennel needed to be large enough for the dog to stand up, sit down, turn around, and roll over.
The customer was flummoxed: 
“I’ll never be able to teach him all of that by tomorrow!”


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The Weekender 15/10/2016

Welcome along to another week. Another week of changeable weather, but it's getting warmer.


Sport

Following up with last weekend, the All Blacks joined the other record holders (two previous All Blacks teams and South Africa I think) with 17 wins (for a top tier rugby team) when they thrashed South Africa 57-15 to win the Rugby Championship with all bonus point winning games, and the only team with a positive +/- points differential, and scoring more tries than all the other teams combined. TJ Perenara stepped into Aaron Smith's spot like he'd always been there, and others like Liam Squire made the most of their opportunities. Some stats for you. Beauden Barrett top scored the competition with 81 points, ahead of joint Australian & Argentinian players at 53 points. The average scoreline for an All Blacks game was 44-14.
In the other game the Wallabies beat the Pumas 33-21 at Twickenham in a bit of an ugly game.

In other rugby Taranaki beat Auckland 35-32 win a late try, Bay of Plenty beat Hawke's Bay 26-24 to sneak into the Mitre 10 Cup semifinals, and Waikato beat Wellington 24-28 win a 76 minute try to ... Stephen Donald! Damien McKenzie was left to kick the conversion. In fact Waikato got two converted tries in the last 10 minutes.

And finally Sir Gordon Tietjens has been named coach of Samoa's rugby sevens team. hmmm.

Now last week you might have spotted an error (looking at you Melbourne) and of course many here might think the NZ Warriors would be better off playing basketball, however it was of course the NZ Breakers beating Melbourne. They couldn't quite continue over in Perth as they went down 75-73 to the Wildcats.

The All Whites did really well against Mexico, losing 2-1, but gave the world No 15 a scare after drawing level after half time. 

The Black Caps continued in the third test against India but the result was the same - or worse, with India winning by 321 runs. But hey at least we only lost 3 in a row. Australia have been in South Africa and the hosts beat Australia in five ODIs.

The netball Constellation cup is on now with Australia crushing the Silver Ferns by 12 points 68-56 in Sydney in the first game. Everyone figured that game set the tone but with the next game in Tasmania the Ferns bounced back with a great game for legends Anna Harrison and Laura Langman and new kid Te Paea Selby-Rickit to win 53-51. However Australia took out the next game, tonight, in Auckland 62-50.

Last weekend was the Great Race at Bathurst and I even got to watch a couple of hours, but unfortunately not the end. A strange ending it was too. Kiwi Scott McLaughlin had been running second until he was run off the road by four-time winner Jamie Whincup. Whincup realised he'd done the wrong thing and slowed to let McLaughlin back in front, however Garth Tander saw a chance to jump two spots but McLaughlin didn't see him coming and they crashed and neither car finished. Then it was Kiwi Shane van Gisbergen second behind Will Davison and Shane just couldn't get past. The result saw Shane van Gisbergen increase his championship lead to 139 points.

Zane Roberts, originally from Hamilton has run the fastest 10km race in the world in 2016 with a 27min 28sec, which beats the NZ record by 36 second. He was running in the Great 10km Berlin road race and ran the fourth fastest time ever by a non-African. He is now based in Ethiopia.


NZ News

The government announced this week that they would step in to ramp up providing housing in Auckland over the next ten years, producing a significant number of medium-density, medium-priced housing.

Bill English was in the news also with some great news that there was a $1.8 billion surplus in the year to June - a result he can be well proud of. There is the possibility of tax cuts coming in the future. He basically said that it won't change too much of what they are doing, it simply gives them more options, but they will try and reduce the debt.

Most of the local elections are sorted out, however Hamilton is still in question. Special votes tightened things up with Andrew King officially winning by nine votes over Paula Southgate, however Paula has requested a recount so that delays things a little.


The Numbers Game

5.8: richter scale earthquake rocked East Cape

7: figure payout for Team New Zealand after The Americas Cup organisation reneged on a deal to host cup qualifiers in New Zealand

28: injuries including 2 broken necks in the two months since two trampoline parks have opened in Christchurch


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5810 (0.0064)
EUR 0.6441 (0.0032)
USD 0.7098 (-0.0046)
AUD 0.9336 (-0.0090)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Warren Gatland

Am I allowed to give this honour to the Wales national rugby coach? Warren was flying recently when he found out that people sitting near him (in business class) had a Grandmother in economy. So he swapped seats with the Grandmother.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11726167&r...


Joke of the Weekender

Just before the final exam in
my college finance class, a less-than-stellar student approached me.
“Can you tell me what grade
I would need to get on the exam
to pass the course?” he asked.
I gave him the bad news. “The exam is worth 100 points. You would need 113 points to earn a D.”
“OK,” he said. “And how many points would I need to get a C?”


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The Weekender 08/10/2016

Hello, how has your week been. Ours has been volatile. Weather-wise that is. It has been pretty amazing going from full on storm with thunder & lightning to full sun shine in minutes, just about continuously all week.


Sport

Following up on last weekend's Rugby Championship results, the Springboks scrapped to an 18-10 win to end Australia's great run of two wins in a row. That does help the under fire Springboks coach. Following that game, the All Blacks took on Argentina on Sunday morning, where NZ ran in five tries around halftime, before the Pumas added a couple of late tries to end up 36-17. This weekend's game for Argentina and Australia is in London, while the All Blacks take on South Africa.

There has been lots of off field articles about rugby this week. Firstly Aaron Smith has been sent home from South Africa after being found out cheating on his girlfriend in a public toilet at Christchurch airport a few weeks ago, and secondly Dan Carter and Joe Rokocoko were named by a French magazine as having failed a drugs test. Dan & Joe hadn't done anything wrong after it was quickly revealed they had therapeutic use exemptions and everything was fine. 

Last weekend Joseph Parker beat Alexander Dimitrenko with a TKO in the third round which sets up a big money title fight. The only unfortunately part of the fight was that with Dimitrenko already knocked down twice and on his way out, both Parker and the umpire missed him putting his knee on the ground while Parker put in his final punch. It didn't change anything, but it would have been nicer to win without the doubt of an illegal shot.

India won the second test match (and the series) against the Black Caps by 178 runs, after the Black Caps collapsed to 197 all out on day four.

The NRL final was on last Sunday and surprising everyone the underdogs Cronulla beat the high flying Melbourne Storm 14-12, for their first title.

It is Bathurst weekend, and while it isn't shown on free to air TV anymore, I'll be watching anything I can and checking results. On Friday Scott McLaughlin ended up second in qualifying and today in the top 10 shootout he ended up in the same place - good enough for a front row spot. Other kiwis in the top 10 are Fabian Coulthard in fourth and Shane van Gisbergen in seventh. Other kiwis to look out for are Steven Richards, Chris Pither, Richie Stanaway, 21 year old Andre Heimgartner, Craig Baird, and Chris van der Drift.

The new ANBL season has kicked off and the Warriors are rebuilding the team, however in the first round they beat the favourites Melbourne 76-71.

Over at the football, the first game of the A-League saw the Wellington Phoenix lose 1-0 to Melbourne City.


NZ News

The Government, with support of Opposition parties, have fast-tracked the ratification of the Paris Agreement for climate change.

The British Government has announced a crackdown on visas for students and skilled workers, so Kiwis heading to England for their OE might find it more difficult.

This weekend was the end of the local elections and some results are in. Former Labour leader Phil Goff has easily won Auckland, while Lianne Dalziel has retained Christchurch. For Hamilton, the results are tight but it's looking like our new mayor will be Andrew King. It appears that voting numbers are down to just 39.5. Oh, and Tim Shadbolt is back for Invercargill.


The Numbers Game

17: more deaths on roads this year compared to last year - 248 people have died
347: m long Aotea Maersk - the largest container ship to visit NZ, arrived at the Port of Tauranga this week
100,000: kiwi by 2030 with plans announced by the Government
17m: $ worth of meth was seized by Police after a raid on the Bandidos motorcycle gang
430m: $ train fleet upgrade for Wellington is complete


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5746 (0.0144)
EUR 0.6409 (-0.0072)
USD 0.7144 (-0.0122)
AUD 0.9426 (-0.0090)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Anthony Wilding
design of Wimbledon
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Wilding


Joke of the Weekender

Honest Brand Slogans
Hallmark: “When you care enough to give a card mass-produced by
a corporation.”
Ritz crackers: “Tiny, edible plates.”
CliffsNotes: “They’re still going to know you didn’t read the book.”
Gillette: “We’re just going to keep adding blades.”
ChapStick: “You’ll misplace it before the tube’s empty.”
Hot Pockets: “Every bite is a different temperature.”


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The Weekender 01/10/2016

Welcome along to a wet weekend with huge storms hitting the country - the entire Australian State of South Australia was without power earlier this week during the same storm.


Sport

The Black Caps were in the middle of their first test match last weekend and India won easily by 197 runs. The second test match started yesterday and we got quick wickets to start with but India were able to put together 316, and got their own early wickets. As if the second test wasn't already going to be difficult, captain Kane Williamson was ruled out after being "crook".

During the week the Ranfurly Shield moved islands with Canterbury beating Waikato 23-29 in a great game. That is the first time Canterbury have held the shield since 2011. Auckland beat Otago 54-17, North Harbour beat Bay of Plenty 44-34, and the Wellington Lions thrashed the Southland Stags 60-21.

In other rugby news, it looks like some French clubs are getting ready to poach some NZ talent with Aaron Cruden and Owen Franks reported to be targets of some very big offers.
You may not know but former All Black Captain Richie McCaw has been an honorary Royal New Zealand Air Force squadron leader since 2009, and now he has been promoted to wing commander.

Jason Taumalolo became the second Kiwi to win the prestigious rugby league Dally M award (jointly with Cooper Cronk).


NZ News

The mild winter may result in a lot more bugs over summer, but one Wanganui GP has said he's seem almost nobody with influenza this season.

In a World Health Organisation study, NZ was found to have some of the best air in the world. We have one of the lowest annual median concentrations of PM2.5, equalled only by the Solomon Islands, Kiribati and Brunei.

The private lives of Colin Craig and his one time press secretary have been spread throughout the news over the last week or two with the defamation of Jordan Williams the reason for the court case. In the end to Colin Craig's great surprise, he was found guilty and ordered to pay $1.3m, although on appeal that was reduced to $650,000, and he is also expected to appeal.


The Numbers Game
4: year old Rotorua Canopy Tours has won the supreme award at the New Zealand Tourism Awards
6: fatalities on the road last week - that's too many, including a Northland man whose car was swept downstream as he crossed a flooded creek
37: degC the temperature at Ruapehu's Crater lake now (up from 13 degC a month ago) and now huge steam plumes can be seen above the mountain
40: year old Orana Park in Christchurch was Australasia's first drive-through Lion enclosure
3,000: mail items (including 300 voting papers) were dumped by an NZ Post postie rather than being delivered - the postie has been stood down


Finance NZ Dollar
GBP 0.5602 (0.0018)
EUR 0.6481 (0.0002)
USD 0.7266 (0.0001)
AUD 0.9516 (-0.0003)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Wilson Whineray
design of leadership
http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/people/wilson-whineray


Joke of the Weekender

Before google, there were librarians. Here are some queries posed to the poor, suffering staff of public libraries:
• A woman wanted “inspirational material on grass and lawns.”
• “Who built the English Channel?”
• “Is there a full moon every night in Acapulco?”
• “Music suitable for a doll wedding to take place between a Shirley
Temple doll and a teddy bear.”
• “Can the New York Public Library recommend a good forger?”


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