November 2016

The Weekender 26/11/2016

Hello, it's been a hot week with a bit of rain & wind - typical spring.


Sport

Well there has been lots of international rugby! Wales beat Japan 33-30, Italy beat the Springboks 20-18 for the first time ever, England beat Fiji 58-15, Scotland beat the Pumas 19-16 with an injury time penalty, the Wallabies beat France 25-23, and this weekend Samoa beat Canada 25-23.

But our game of the week last weekend was the rematch All Blacks against Ireland in Dublin. The All Blacks won 21-9, and both teams were unhappy with the ref for unsurprisingly different reasons. The crowd only saw red and tried their best to sway the ref and it seemed to work. Overseas commentators seem to harp on about how the All Blacks get away with stuff but it's quite clearly the opposite. The All Blacks got pinged for things that Ireland had been doing all day, so it was a very one sided penalty count. The Irish all complained loudly about Beauden Barrett's try when there was one TV angle showing he got it down - but that was only shown to the crowd once - and they ignored that he just about had his head taken off in the tackle and it should have been a penalty try and sin bin! Conversely they complained loudly about Sam Cane's tackle, but the other guy ran into him. Cane was cited and was found to be ok, while Malakai Fekitoa was cited and unsurprisingly not allowed to play after a high shot. Additionally the referee's boss admitted that Aaron Smith should not have been sin-binned.

Steven Adams had a career high scoring 20 points for the Oklahoma City Thunder but it still wasn't enough. OKC isn't doing quite so well this year.

The Black Ferns retained their No 1 status with a 20-10 win over Canada, in their tour in Dublin.

The Black Sticks men got a late goal to draw 1-1 with Malaysia in the International Festival of Hockey in Melbourne.

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have been named New Zealand sailors of the year - taking out the top award for the fourth year in a row.

Pakistan are on tour here and the first test was won by NZ. Pakistan was all out for 133, with Colin de Grandhomme taking six wickets on debut. NZ replied with 200 with Jeet Raval top scoring with 55 on debut. Pakistan could only add 171 and Kane Williamson hit 61 leading NZ to an eight wicket win.

In the second test here in Hamilton, Raval top scored for NZ with 55 as NZ got to 271 all out, and Pakistan is currently at 76/5 in reply at the end of day 2. Just for a bit of controversy, it seems that Kane Williamson was incorrectly given out, after Pakistan appealed a not-out decision.

Australia restored typical rugby league order in the universe at the final of the Four Nations, after they thrashed the Kiwis 34-8 to take the title and the No 1 ranking.


NZ News

A man convicted of assaulting a female prison guard has become the first person to be sentenced for a "third strike" offence.

Former Dunedin woman Anna Ross has been named young Australian businesswoman of the year.


The Numbers Game

3: buildings owned by the Wellington City Council will be demolished due to inspections after this months big Kaikoura earthquake
5.6: richter scale quake hit Hawke's Bay
5.7: richter scale quake hit Culverdon
6: hour journey for the army aid convoy to reach Kaikoura
6: months expected time for SH1 from Picton to Christchurch to be out of action after the Kaikoura earthquake
20: % of "injuries" in Auckland hospitals are affected by alcohol
23: ms trans tasman ping time isn't enough of a leg up for Australians. We can download their websites faster than Sydney or Melbourne can according to a TruNet report, highlighting the growing gulf in broadband services
26: buildings have been red stickered in Waiau, North Canterbury after the Kaikoura quake - in a town of 300 people
30: whooping cough cases reported in Rotorua, up from nine in 2015 and 15 in 2014
34.1: degC in Wairoa was the highest November temperature in NZ for 15 years, 33C in Napier broke a 52 year record
56: swing sets around Auckland have been removed after one child was hurt on a 20 year-old set on Waiheke Island
700: lives/yr are being saved by Hospital emergency departments having a controversial six-hour target - according to new research
4,000: aftershocks in the week after the Kaikoura quake
265,000: for a rare Goldie painting at a recent auction
29m: $ to be repaid to 49,000 WINZ clients who were underpaid because of a coding error


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5644 (-0.0028)
EUR 0.6640 (0.0017)
USD 0.7027 (0.0002)
AUD 0.9454 (-0.0065)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Ernest Rutherford
The creator of modern atomic physics and forerunner of the nuclear age, Ernest Rutherford was one of the 20th century's greatest scientists. An experimenter, inventor and Nelson farm boy.
http://www.nzedge.com/legends/ernest-rutherford/


Joke of the Weekender

Harry Hill on Dog Enthusiasm
Why do dogs always race to the door when the doorbell rings? It’s hardly ever for them.
Harry Hill


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The Weekender 19/11/2016

Hello and welcome from the Shaky Isles!


Sport

Last weekend the northern tours for rugby continued with Australia scoring late to beat Scotland 23-22, while England beat South Africa 37-21 for the first win in 10 years. The All Blacks stepped up from the previous week with a 68-10 win over Italy, France beat Samoa 52-8, and Wales beat Argentina 24-20.
During the week the International Rugby awards were announced with Beauden Barrett being voted the World Player of the Year. New Zealand won Team of the Year and Steve Hansen was Coach of the Year.
One funny story from last week was a former Ireland winger saying that the All Blacks lost because they were "arrogant". So does that mean Ireland was being arrogant for the last 111 years?

The Wellington Phoenix overcame a few key people missing to beat the Central Coast Mariners 2-0 for their first away win.

In the Four Nations rugby league Australia beat England 36-18 to set up a trans-tasman final.

The Breakers had a good late 87-86 away win over the Perth Wildcats after Corey Webster slotted the winner. Later in the week they beat the Hawks 100-85 with new injury-replacement American import Dave Stockton starting off a winner.


NZ News

The news this week has all been about the massive earthquake on Sunday night/Monday morning based near Hamner Springs. It was originally listed as a 7.5, and later upgraded to a 7.8. The Waikato is typically pretty geologically stable and Sunday night was the first time I've felt an earthquake in the Waikato. It was felt all across the country and there were two deaths. Kaikoura was probably the hardest hit with the sea bed lifted over a metre, and it has been cut off with both north & south with State Highway One (and the railroad) being covered in a large number of large slips and a huge amount of road damage. Although the inland route to Kaikoura was passable, Civil Defence is shutting the road frequently due to the aftershocks - of which there have been over 1,800 this week.

There were also tsunami warnings, with many people evacuated in the middle of the night, with 2m waves hitting Kaikoura and I think 5-6m waves in other places. A bunch of international warships were due in Auckland this week - including the first American warship for 33 years, but they all bypassed Auckland heading straight to the South Island to help with relief, and helping tourists evacuate from Kaikoura. The ships were also from Australia, Canada, Japan and Singapore.

The biggest earthquake in the last 150 years was an 8.2 in Wairarapa in 1855, and 7.8's in Murchison 1929, Hawke's Bay 1931 and Dusky Sound in 2009.

It is expected that it will cost around $2b for the repairs & was the power of 400 atom bombs.


The Numbers Game

9,000: km and 6 months for a message in a bottle to go from NZ to Robinson Crusoe Island near Chile
69,954: net gain in migration, a 25 year high on permanent and long-term international migration
5m: $ donated to Auckland University by a Hong Kong rich lister


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5672 (-0.0033)
EUR 0.6623 (0.0024)
USD 0.7025 (-0.0156)
AUD 0.9519 (0.0052)


The Weekender NZer of the week
Douglas Wright
design of dance
http://www.douglaswright.net/douglaswright.html


Joke of the Weekender

A Light-bulb Moment
To avoid taking down my Christmas lights, I’m turning my house into an Italian restaurant.


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The Weekender 12/11/2016

Hello, how are you. It's been a good week but this weekend has seen a drop in temperatures with snow in some parts and a cold wind - winter doesn't want to let go.


Sport

So last weekend the Irish took on the All Blacks - and beat them 40-29 at Chicago's Soldier Field, ending the All Blacks unbeaten run at 18. It's been a bit strange, but most people around here were ok with the result. Sure they didn't want the All Blacks to lose, but it was the first time Ireland had ever beaten them in 111 years of trying, so sure ok. The All Blacks have done well, and while the media might play up the All Blacks winning streak, I think everyone knows any team in the top 6 or so, only have to have a good game to beat any other team in rugby. Good on the Irish. Glad it wasn't the Aussies though, they might not have been as humble as the Irish were.
In other games the South African's put on two late tries to draw 31-31 with the Barbarians, and while the Maori All Blacks had a good game against the USA Eagles last weekend, they couldn't back it up this weekend losing to Munster 27-14.

In the four Nations rugby league, last weekend the Aussies narrowly held on against the Kiwis 14-8 with Shaun Johnson being held up over the line on the 80th minute. England beat Scotland 38-12, and then this weekend the Kiwis drew with Scotland 18-18, narrowly avoiding heading home early.

Last weekend the NZ Breakers beat the Bullets 86-70 with a master class from Kirk Penney with 30, but they couldn't continue their winning streak when they were beaten by the Cairns Taipans 86-79.

The All Whites got three points on the road to the 2018 World Cup with a 2-0 win over New Caledonia when Marco Rojas got a double.

In the second outing at Pukekohe for the Aussie V8's the two Red Bull cars came together but Shane van Gisbergen survived, recovered, and finished third to increase his championship lead to 197 points. Jamie Whincup got a drive through penalty for the incident and dropped to last. In the final race, Shane cruised to a second place with Jamie Whincup taking the win, but it was enough for Shane van Gisbergen became the first Kiwi to win the Jason Richards Trophy.


NZ News

Rather than looking cool calm and collected, the Labour party is looking quite the opposite after MP Phil Twyford launched a "Labour leader approved" attack on a 1 News reporter for being "unprofessional" and "biased" against Labour. And that claim came out because Labour released a proposed six month job scheme with a cost of $60m. The 1 News reporter did some calculations and figured out it would cost way more. It turns out although Labour was claiming it was a six month scheme, their calculations were assuming people would only use it for four months. If Labour, led by Andrew Little, can't make rational policy (even as opposition!), and then attack others when they find out the hidden truth, it seems like they aren't even interested in running the country next year.


The Numbers Game

5.0: richter scale earthquake hit Opunake and Taranaki
11: people have died in November so far on the roads - a devastating climb in stats
50: times spike in American's searching for "move to new zealand" after their election - they might find we already have immigration and democracy policies in place, a NZ recruitment website saw a 146% increase from Americans
110: kph is the new maximum speed limit allowed by the government for some roads
500,000: $ spent on a new slogan for Auckland and the locals aren't happy. The slogan is "The Place Desired by Many"


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5705 (-0.0155)
EUR 0.6599 (0.0010)
USD 0.7181 (-0.0137)
AUD 0.9467 (-0.0063)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Beatrice (Betty) Erica Wakely
Beatrice (Betty) Erica Wakely, the last surviving female member of the RSA in Dannevirke who served overseas during WWII, has passed away in her 100th year.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11745605&r...


Joke of the Weekender
Reading The Fifth
I’m writing my book in fifth person, so 
every sentence starts out with: “I heard from this guy who told somebody …”


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The Weekender 05/11/2016

Welcome to Guy Fawkes! We had some friends over, made smores, went up a hill nearby to eat fish & chip and watched everyone else's fireworks - and I can still hear them going outside.


Sport

The Auckland round of the Aussie V8's is on this weekend at Pukekohe with Jamie Whincup winning the first round and Shane van Gisbergen winning the second, so Shane's 148 point lead in the championship is retained nearing the end of the season. Fabian Coulthard finished fourth and Scott McLaughlin 6th, as Scott moved to within 22 points of third place.

The story of the week has to be Steven Adams. It's curious how excited we get when our top All Blacks like Dan Carter earn huge pay days overseas - because they are tiny. Steven Adams has signied a deal with Oklahoma City Thunder for four years, he has jumped everyone on the list. Well jumped isn't the right word. Russell Coutts was the highest with $13m, but Steven will be on $35m with this $NZ140m four year deal. He was already number four on the list at his current rate of $2.8m.

Third on the list will be All White captain and English football Premier League player Winston Reid (go the Hammers) with $12m and Scott Dixon getting $11m from Indy cars. Rounding out the top 10 are Danny Lee & Lydia Ko in golf, Dan Carter & Richie McCaw (non playing but sponsorship deals), James McDonald in horse racing and Sonny Bill Williams. So although there are three rugby players there, it's definitely NZ's minority sports (basketball, sailing & football) leading the rich list.

Interesting that this week AIG renewed their sponsorship of the All Blacks thought to be worth $80m. Oh how cute, Steven Adams could save up for a year or three and buy the All Blacks.

The Wellington Phoenix sparked to life with a 2-0 win over the Newcastle Jets for their first win of the A-League season.

Kirk Penny showed his class with 27 points in the Breakers 119-93 win over the Adelaide 36ers.

Shaun Johnson found his groove again as the Kiwis beat England 17-16 in the Four Nations rugby league competition.

The All Blacks are due to play Ireland tomorrow morning in Chicago, but earlier today the NZ Maori team beat United States 54-7.

One year after losing to King Country, North Otago has turned the tables with a 44-22 win in the Lochore Cup.
The Super Rugby squads were announced for next year and the Chiefs have resigned Liam Messam,Tim Nanai-Williams, and Stephen Donald. 

Last weekend the Black Caps were contemplating a historic ODI series win over India - and then they started playing. India batted first and reach 269 and then Kane Williamson top scored with ... 27, and NZ were all out for 79 - a 190 run win for India and the series win.

Silver Fern Laura Langman has been awarded Netball NZ's top prize for the second year in a row, and next year because she is playing in Australia, she won't be eligible to be in the Silver Ferns!


NZ News

The Labour conference was on this week so they started with a few announcements. They've said if they become the government, they will spend $680m on an early start to the Auckland light rail system. The move was quickly labeled pork-barrel politics by Steven Joyce. Another announcement was that they will provide free training to people who have lost their job due to technology.

Former Labour leader David Cunliffe has announced he won't stand at the next election, he will leave hoping he made a difference.

The Auditor General has finished a report into the Saudi sheep deal and Murray McCully. By the tight definition of legal corruption & bribery has determined that McCully is not guilty. However in the general sense that people mostly understand, it was a pretty dodgy deal and the Prime Minister really should fire him. Ironically the most vocal against the government in this case are not the opposition but the right-wing bloggers.

Gareth Morgan has announced a new political party this week - and even compared himself to Donald Trump as an anti-establishment candidate. His party is called The Opportunity Party.


The Numbers Game

-0.9: degC for Queenstown overnight this week for a mid spring freeze
7m 45s: record for free diver Kathryn Nevatt holding her breath in a Porirura pool
15: people have died on NZ roads in the last seven days
83.3: % of 18-year olds achieved NCEA Level 2 in 2015, up from 77.2% in 2012, and heading toward a Government key target of 85% by 2017
357: kg of methamphetamine has been intercepted by customs at the border this year to September, up from 10kg in 2009, all but 4kg in Auckland
143,109: terrabytes of data used by NZers in the month of June, only 2% or 3,165 TB was on mobile connections
2.1m: $ to be spent on six new classrooms for Wellington and Kapiti Coast


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5860 (-0.0005)
EUR 0.6589 (0.0056)
USD 0.7318 (0.0181)
AUD 0.9530 (0.0123)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Maurice Wilkins
design of DNA
http://www.nzedge.com/legends/maurice-wilkins/


Joke of the Weekender

When Relatives Attack
There is nothing more awkward than the moment you realize you’re getting a double-cheek kiss.


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