December 2017

The Weekender 09/12/2017

Hello, it is starting to feel like Christmas/summer, the week has been hot, the neighbour's pool is in use, the sunshade is up.


Sport

Last weekend in the first of the round of the Sevens, the All Black Sevens made progress making it to the finals but South Africa defended the title 24-12.
In an end to the international rugby season, Wales beat South Africa 24-22, which will likely end the South African coaches reign.

In the Rugby League World Cup final, it was a brutal affair but Australia beat England 6-0, with only a try in the 15th minute.

The NZ Breakers beat the Brisbane Bullets 96-89 yesterday.

Tom Blundell did his future chances no harm by scoring NZ's second fastest test century on debut in the first test match against the West Indies. He was 107 not out when Kane Williamson declared at 520-9 for a lead of 386. The West Indies were bowled out for a Black Caps win by an innings and 67 runs.
The second test has started here in Hamilton, with the Windies putting the Black Caps in to bat. We started well going through to 150/1 but then lost Kane Williamson, opener Raval, Ross Taylor, Nichols, Santner and de Grandhomme to be 286/7 at the end of the day. Raval has top scored so far with 84.

Richie Stanaway has been confirmed with a multi-year deal with Pro Drive Racing Ford in the Aussie V8s.

NZ's young pursuit team won the gold medal on the final day of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup.


NZ News

National's Dr Nick Smith has lodged a member's bill to establish the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary which could make it through with the help of the Green Party who have supported it before. The bill would need to be drawn from the ballot and it would make an interesting decision for the Greens.

Two species of kiwi have moved from the endangered list to the vulnerable list. The outcome is a result of 30 years of work by the government and other groups like Forest and Bird.

There have been a number of reports out this week, with the government claiming they have inherited a mess in a number of areas, but in general, it seems they are claiming the answers from reports commissioned by the previous government. Labour will claim they need to fix the Health Ministry, insinuating it has been neglected for the last nine years, but in reality, they are reading a report that National commissioned. They are also complaining about the state of our drinking water, vowing to fix all the rivers - just as National pledged to last year. Then there is the new Energy Minister talking about how much oil companies are taking from us - which began with National MP Judith Collins' crusade.


The Numbers Game

1: # greatest country on earth is apparently New Zealand according to 87,220 British voters in the Telegraph Travel Awards
5.0: Richter scale earthquake near Nelson this week.
29: degC in a number of places this week, it has been really hot (no laughing you Aussies)
600: children have been rescued from boiling hot cars this year - so the news report said, but it's been winter & mostly cold & wet until last week...
10,000: children have been helped out of severe poverty in the last year
30,000: train users affected by a strike in Auckland on Friday (how long has Labour been in - strikes already?)


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5088 (0.0011)
EUR 0.5816 (0.0056)
USD 0.6840 (-0.0016)
AUD 0.9106 (0.0070)


The Weekender NZer of the week

William Hudson
Snowy Mountains Engineer
The Snowy Mountains (Australia) Hydro-Electric Scheme, begun in 1949, was 25 years in construction and remains one the world’s great engineering and social achievements. Attaining its goal of irrigating the arid Australian interior for food production, and generating hydro-electricity, it also dramatically changed the nature of Australian culture.
Over 100,000 workers, displaced after World War II and from more than 30 countries, were brought in during the course of the scheme. The experience of work at Snowy and the sheer migrant numbers moved the Australian population from stolidly British and Anglo-Saxon to determinedly multi-cultural. The man in charge of the scheme, New Zealander William Hudson, told workers he toured Europe’s displaced persons camps and offered work twenty-four thousand miles away: “You won’t be Balts or Slavs … you will be men of Snowy”.
http://www.nzedge.com/legends/william-hudson/


Joke of the Weekender

What do you call a dog that does magic tricks?
A labracadabrador.


 

Darren Harrison: darren@harrison.gen.nz
The Weekender: mailed weekly (Sunday nightish)
Website: www.dunwich.co.nz/weekender/
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The Weekender 02/12/2017

And here we are in December.


Sport

Following a great season, Beauden Barrett was named World Rugby's best male player, joining Richie McCaw as the only other person to have won the title twice in a row.
Apparently, Wales have drawn up a short list of three coaches who might take over from Warren Gatland when he finishes with Wales and they are former Chiefs coach Dave Rennie, former Auckland coach Wayne Pivac and Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd - they must be keen to keep the NZ coaches going. And not just coaches, NZ born Hadleigh Parkes will make his debut for Wales on Sunday against South Africa.
The latest IRB rankings are out and Australia has dropped with Ireland jumping up. 1 NZ, 2 England, 3 Ireland, 4 Australia, 5 South Africa, 6 Scotland, 7 Wales, 8 Argentina, 9 France, 10 Fiji.

The Blacks Sticks have kicked off summer cricket with a test match against the West Indies and Neil Wager took 7-39 as they were dismissed for 134. And then Colin De Grandhomme scored his maiden century off 71 balls as NZ put on a 313 run first innings lead.

In the Aussie V8's championship, Scott McLaughlin couldn't quite get there in the end. All he had to do in the final race was finish 11th, and he did that, but he was then given three race penalties after the race, the last penalty controversially.
In F1, Brendon Hartley finished 15th at Abu Dhabi.

The Tall Blacks had an odd game this week thrashing Hong Kong in a mismatched game 133-74, for World Cup qualifying.
Over in the NBA, Steven Adams had a perfect night helping OKC to a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. He shot a career-high 27 not missing a shot all night.
While in Auckland, the Perth Wildcats snapped the Breakers 9-game winning streak with an 89-73 win.

The Black Sticks made in through to the finals of the World Hockey League final but fell 3-0 to the Netherlands.


NZ News

This week the government fielded calls to have the secret coalition documents released after Winston Peters said they would be. The oddest thing about their secrecy is their calls as the opposition for the government to be more transparent - they seem to be more & more secretive by the week, now they are in the driving seat.

The Greens have been caught out with one of their MPs - our first refugee MP Golriz Ghahraman. Her profile on the Green Party website previously said she "... worked in Africa, The Hague and Cambodia, putting on trial world leaders for abusing their power." It turned out that she had volunteered to a well-funded defence of Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadžić, who was found guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity. She claimed that defence was just part of the justice system, but she was an intern and she even had smiley happy photos with the war criminal himself. I'm pretty certain I know what Labour & the Greens would have been demanding if they were in opposition and a government MP had done this.

New Zealand First wasn't left out with embarrassing news when Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy told an audience that deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters had once told her she was overweight and that she should walk the length of NZ to lose a few kgs. Winston Peters immediately said it was false, but a third party - sportswriter Phil Gifford remembers it happening as Dame Susan Devoy said.

The second major law change for the new government is the Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill which is a new minimum standard for rental homes, ensuring they are warm and dry. It's not a bad idea, but the claim that it will not push up the price of rentals is crazy.

Auckland Mayor Phill Goff has released his 10-year plan and it includes a petrol tax - approved by the government, which is receiving widespread criticism.


The Numbers Game

22: weeks of paid parental leave starting next July (up from 18 currently)
30: % drop in prison population reduction expected over the next 15 years by Andrew Little by helping those with mental health issues - so 30% have issues now?
34: people have died on Northland roads this year with a month to go - and 15 of those were people not wearing seatbelts
9,100: people have been caught bringing banned goods into NZ this year - the number doubling in the last three years.


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5077 (-0.0094)
EUR 0.5760 (-0.0054)
USD 0.6856 (-0.0029)
AUD 0.9036 (0.0004)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Joseph Sinel
Blueprint from the Edge
At a unique junction where the means of industrial production met a burgeoning consumer culture, New Zealander Joseph (Jo) Sinel recognized the need for new paradigm definition. He made use of a new term to reflect the age and his vocation. It was 1919 and the term was ‘Industrial Design’. It was a nifty neologism that captured how technology and art came together to create designs for life.
http://www.nzedge.com/legends/joseph-sinel/


Joke of the Weekender

What do you call a Frenchman wearing sandals?
Phillipe Phillope.


 

Darren Harrison: darren@harrison.gen.nz
The Weekender: mailed weekly (Sunday nightish)
Website: www.dunwich.co.nz/weekender/
{If these just fill up your junk mail, then send me an email & I'll take you off the list | The Weekender is not a verified news source, sometimes it's even just an opinion}