July 2018

The Weekender 14/07/2018

Hello, we've had a reasonable week but another storm is coming! 


Sport

Last weekend Damian McKenzie was key to helping the Chiefs to a tense 24-19 win over the Brumbies in Hamilton. The Hurricanes retained their spot with a 42-24 win over the Blues with Laumape bagging four tries. The Blues hung in there for most of the game but couldn't quite help the Chiefs up a spot by tipping the Canes over. This weekend the Queensland Reds have finished their most successful season after a 48-27 win over the Sunwolves - coach Brad Thorn must be happy. In Hamilton, the Chiefs left a number of top players out, and a few more were injured but they still managed to beat the Hurricanes 28-24 - even with a 63-minute red card. The game will be replayed next weekend for the quarter-finals but will be tougher as it's in Wellington.

The top eight are looking like: Crusaders, Waratahs, Lions, Hurricanes, Chiefs, Highlanders, Jaguares, and either the Sharks or Rebels. But that is due to the conference system. With points, four NZ teams may actually be ahead of all other teams.
Former Auckland and North Harbour coach Wayne Pivac will replace Warren Gatland as head coach of Wales after Gatland finishes up his term.

New Zealand riders have been making history in the Tour de France this week with Dion Smith becoming the first Kiwi to wear the polka dot King of the Mountain jersey. The very next day Patrick Bevin helped his team (BMC Racing) to the win for the "team time trial", so was on the podium as well.

Ryan Fox finished runner-up at the Irish Open after losing a play-off. He still picks up $1.5m for his efforts.

Scott Dixon didn't do too well in Iowa finishing 12th but retained the series lead.

New Zealand has another shot put champion with Maddison Wesche winning the Women's Under 20 World Champs in Finland.

The White Ferns (NZ women's cricket team) lost the first two ODI's against England but won the last by four-wickets.


NZ News

So last weekend it appeared the nurses liked the latest DHB offer and were prepared to accept, but against the advice of their union, they rejected the offer and this week they went on strike while Prime Minister Winston Peters said: "this is the best we can do".
And what do you think the Health Minister was doing in the lead-up? Having late night meetings trying to avoid the strike action perhaps? No, he took his family on an overseas holiday.
When Labour was campaigning before the last election, they said they would be transparent, and there was a group of people who hated John Key, believing everything he did was secretive and terrible. But every week we seem to hear stories about how Labour is pretty much doing the same sorts of things or worse. This week it was a secretive meeting with Google that despite official ideals, no meeting notes were taken. The National MP said he had a few such meetings but only with other countries & never with corporates.

The Opportunities Party started by Gareth Morgan has decided that it won't contest the next election. The party was formed in 2016 and got 2.4% of the vote. Always good for a quote, Morgan said: "When 20 per cent of the vote moves in 48 hours simply on the back of a change of leader, with no improvement at all in policy being offered, what makes the New Zealand voter tick is clear."


The Numbers Game

2: whales found washed up on a Northland shore are so rare they've only been seen at sea 30 times before
90: % of NZers filled in the census form, down from 94.5% in 2013
4,000: MBIE and Inland Revenue staff went on strike for two hours this week - they must think they deserve more than 34% more they get than public staff in similar roles
158m: $ infrastructure loan for Tauranga from the government - that's a 10-year interest-free loan
2.3b: $ announced by Prime Minister Winston Peters to replace the ageing Air Force fleet


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5109 (-0.0038)
EUR 0.5785 (-0.0031)
USD 0.6762 (-0.0078)
AUD 0.9105 (-0.0096)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Brian Brake
design of the image
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Brake


Joke of the Weekender

I want to die peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather did, not screaming in terror like the passengers in his car.

 

Darren Harrison: darren@harrison.gen.nz
The Weekender: mailed weekly (Sunday nightish)
Website: www.dunwich.co.nz/weekender/
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The Weekender 07/07/2018

Welcome along, it has been another cold week. 


Sport

Last weekend in Super Rugby, Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd was rather annoyed as his team lost 24-12 to the Brumbies, while the Chiefs thumped the Highlanders in the first half in Suva and held on to win 22-45, even though it wasn't a bonus point. With that, they jump the Highlanders on the table. This weekend the Highlanders were on the wrong side of the same scoreline after they were beaten 45-22 by the Crusaders who look to have secured home games for the rest of their season. The Chiefs need to beat the Brumbies to overtake the Hurricanes for second place in the NZ conference and are leading 17-0 at halftime. In the second half, they lost a man to the bin and the Brumbies scored twice to get close but the Chiefs held on for a 24-19 win. They are level with the Hurricanes but the Canes are about to play the Blues.
Table: Crusaders 58, Hurricanes*/Chiefs 45, Lions 41, Highlanders 40, Waratahs* 39, Jaquares* 38, Rebels 35, Sharks* 32, Brumbies 30, Bulls*/Stormers 25, Reds 23, Blues* 22, Sunwolves* 14. 15 games, * = 14 games. Four of NZ's five teams in the top five.

The Tall Blacks beat China 67-57 in their World Cup qualifying match.

The White Ferns were beaten in the tri-series Twenty20 final by England.

The Warriors have been thrashed 36-4 by Penrith missing a chance to get back into the top four.

Scott Donaldson has become the first person to kayak solo across the Tasman, arriving in New Plymouth this week after 62 days at sea. His last attempt was abandoned only 80 km offshore. It may take up to a year for him to physically recover from the mission.

Tom Walsh has won the Lausanne Diamond League shotput event.


NZ News

The primary teachers and principals have decided to strike next month. Senior doctors employed by ACC are to strike over contract negotiations.

The latest advice given to the Government is that the prison population will rise by 4,100 over the next 10-years. They found out just after announcing that they were scaling back the previous government's plans to expand Waikeria.
The government announced the salary cap for those that can apply for Kiwi Build houses - and it's a massive $180,000. As another commentator noted - this is looking more & more like middle-class welfare.

Auckland is looking at adding a "toilet tax" to their petrol tax, to help pay for a $1b sewer tunnel.

National leader Simon Bridges has claimed that there was a conflict of interest with the appointment of Wally Haumaha as the countries top Policeman. He had previous ties to New Zealand First and was almost a New Zealand First candidate. 


The Numbers Game

0: degC for Auckland - a rare frosty night for them
2.30: $/L for petrol in Auckland after the governments 11.5c fuel levy was introduced - one of the taxes the government said they won't introduce in their first term
10: years since the Mangatepopo Canyoning tragedy which killed six students and a teacher
99.1: kg southern bluefin tuna for a record-breaking tuna at Waihau Bay for Helen Horrocks
122.9: hours of sunlight in Hokitika for June, well above the average of 98.7, Christchurch had 80.4, down on their average of 117.1
2.1b: $ of NZ assets have been sold to foreign investors in the first five months of the year


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5147 (+0.0021)
EUR 0.5817 (+0.0026)
USD 0.6840 (+0.0070)
AUD 0.9201 (+0.0061)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Godfrey Bowen
design of the wool clip
http://www.nzedge.com/legends/godfrey-bowen/


Joke of the Weekender

It's hard to explain puns to kleptomaniacs because they always take things literally.

 

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}