The Weekender 12/05/2018

After a nice week, heavy rain and strong winds have been forecast for the country over the weekend. 


Sport

Last weekend in Super Rugby, the Hurricanes beat the Lions 28-19 with a Ben Lam hat-trick - he is certainly playing well. The Highlanders were given a lesson by the Sharks, trashed in Durban 38-12, while the Blues upset the Waratahs 24-21 - this was the 38th defeat of an Australian Super Rugby team by a New Zealand Super Rugby team and the worst NZ team against the best Australian team. 
This weekend the Hurricanes continued their roll with a 36-15 win over the Auckland Blues despite Sonny Bill Williams being back from injury. The Waratahs talked up their backline ahead of their game against the Crusaders (!) and maybe they were right as they shot out to a 0-29 lead in the first half hour. But the Crusader put on 31 unanswered points to win 31-29. The Sunwolves thrashed the Reds 63-28 with Kiwi Hayden Parker scoring 24 of their 29 first-half points.
In other news, New Zealand Rugby has cleared Brad Shields to play for England in next months tour. While Ryan Crotty and Scott Barrett have re-signed with New Zealand Rugby.

Last weekend the Warriors had another good game beating the Tigers 26-4, but this weekend they aren't doing so well. Update: The Roosters ran away with the game 32-0.

Lydia Ko continued her good form finishing eighth at the LPGA Texas Classic. And Danny Lee has shot up the leaderboard to be tied for second at the unofficial fifth major - the Players Championship.

Kiwi Ironman Trent Bozzone continued his unbeaten 2018 season with his fourth win at Ironman 70.3 in Western Australia.

Kiwi George Bennett finished fourth in the sixth leg of the Giro d'Italia to move into ninth spot overall.

New Zealand Football has claimed a world first by announcing pay parity between the All Whites and the Football Ferns. That is huge news - who knew they actually paid the players!

Scott McLaughlin is building a lead in the Aussie V8's after winning the first race in Perth for his third in a row and then producing what may be the greatest drive of his career coming from 19th to win the second race. Scott is on 1247 point, ahead of fellow Kiwi Shane van Gisbergen on 1089 points with Fabian Coulthard back in ninth on 809 points.


NZ News

The government has been digging holes for themselves this week, firstly by saying that overstayers and illegal migrants might be allowed to stay in NZ if they have construction skills, as the government looks toward their election promise of 100,000 new houses. Labour made the promise to build over 10 years, including $500,000 1-bedroom houses, and 2 and 3 bedroom houses up to $600,000. However, they obviously didn't do their homework in their nine years of opposition and now a three-bedroom house will cost $650,000. But the real crazy thing was Housing Minister Phil Twyford gave wrong numbers in an interview about how much the houses were to cost. Then he said he rejected a National claim that Labour has also lifted the price of its smaller houses, saying he misspoke during a TV appearance this morning. So he misspoke and then managed to blame the result on National? But it turns out the government is looking to use "public partnerships" i.e. they are going to claim a large number of houses that were going to be built anyway, and their great plan will be irrelevant - except for any political points they get out of it.
The government has stepped in after a loophole saw a widowed father denied paid parental leave after his wife died in childbirth. The government gave him a one-off ex gratia payment.
The government has said that Aucklanders could be using two light-rail networks across the city within six years - but that will depend on who is in power in three years time.

Auckland has had some transport problems this week after the Britomart station was shut down after a train derailed, and fog hit Auckland Airport with over 60 regional flights grounded. 


The Numbers Game

290: farms now under regulatory control for Mycoplasma bovis - a jump from 130 in the last week
1,200: person kiwifruit labour shortage
23,000: people are diagnosed with cancer every year, with 9,500 dying to be 31% of deaths - our biggest killer
100,000: $ given to charity KidsCan by the Waikato-Tainui iwi


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5144 (-0.0035)
EUR 0.5838 (-0.0028)
USD 0.6966 (-0.0053)
AUD 0.9236 (-0.0081)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Margaret Brimble 
The first New Zealand woman to be elected fellow of Royal Society of London
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12048240


Joke of the Weekender

A guy walks into a bar and orders a fruit punch.
The bartender says "Pal, if you want a punch you'll have to stand in line." The guy looks around, but there is no punch line.

 

Darren Harrison: darren@harrison.gen.nz
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The Weekender 05/05/2018

We finished the week with some lovely blue sky autumn days but the week started with a thunderstorm watch for Northland and Auckland.


Sport

Last weekend the Highlanders pulled out a last-gasp 29-28 win over the Bulls, and the Crusaders beat the Brumbies 21-8 with an ACT winger getting a five-week ban for a high shot on Israel Dagg.
This week the Crusaders crushed the Rebels 55-10 to extend the winning streak of NZ teams over Australian teams - but the Waratahs are playing the Blues this weekend so all bets are off. The Jaguares continued their red-hot run with a 23-19 win over the Chiefs. Things did not go well for Chiefs with questionable decisions and the just couldn't pull anything off.

Lydia Ko won last weekends round of the LPGA - her first win since 2016.

Kane Williamson has led his IPL team to the top of the table with a man of the match performance.

Brendon Hartley finished in the points in Formula One for the first time, when he finished 10th in a crash-strewn Azerbaijan Grand Prix. The last NZer in points in Formula One was the late Chris Amon in 1976.

Despite lots of talk for alternatives, the NZ Warriors club has been sold to their original owners - Auckland Rugby League.

NZ Sailors got Gold, Silver & Bronze at the World Cup regatta in Hyeres.


NZ News

The government has pulled out of cheaper doctors visits, saying coalition funding pressures, saying they will be phased in over time. The two massive Auckland roading projects announced last week are not timed for six or seven years - that's two election wins away.
On the ongoing "it's not a new tax because we promised no new taxes" - but really it is, the Government announced the so-called "Amazon tax", for taxing all low-value online purchases from overseas. Hamilton has joined Christchurch in putting it's hand up for a regional fuel tax of 11.5 cents.

But the biggest news of the week was a huge foot in the mouth for whoever is running the media side of the Labour Party. It seems they have orchestrated the Police Commissioner coming out with a statement that they were not investigating PM Jacinda Ardern's partner Clarke Gayford. Now a couple of things. The first was that I think everyone in the country (except those working in media and politics), said "What rumours?". A few reports made out that everyone knew the rumours but no one does. The second point was that the Police are supposed to be politically distant - but in this case, they certainly weren't.


The Numbers Game

2: days in rough seas in a broken down boat for a father & daughter, finally found both OK
8: months of average rain for Christchurch in the first four months of the year
100: Auckland kindergartens have to have training in tree climbing before they are allowed to supervise kids climbing trees
820,000: $ more spent on pokies in Northland over last year
3.3m: $ cash injection for Hamilton for the inaugural Hamilton Sevens


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5179 (0.0071)
EUR 0.5866 (0.0029)
USD 0.7019 (-0.0046)
AUD 0.9317 (-0.0027)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Ian Axford
design of astrophysics
http://nzmathsoc.org.nz/downloads/centrefolds/NZMScentrefold21_Ian_Axfor...


Joke of the Weekender

I couldn't figure out why the baseball kept getting larger. Then it hit me.

 

Darren Harrison: darren@harrison.gen.nz
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The Weekender 28/04/2018

Hello, we've had some lovely weather recently but another storm has hit with trees down, rain and lots of wind.


Sport

Last weekend in Super Rugby, the Chiefs dealt with the Reds 36-12 - extending the winning streak of NZ teams over Australian teams and the Crusaders beat the Sunwolves 33-11. This weekend the Hurricanes jumped to the top of the table with a 43-15 win over the Sunwolves. The Reds have beaten the high flying Lions but were ahead 27-0 after 53 minutes and only just won 27-22.
Brad Shields seems to have gotten a call-up to the England national team, even though he is still playing for the Hurricanes and has a contract with NZRU which doesn't allow him to play for anyone else, and England has a selection policy of only picking players playing in England. Perhaps England needs another kiwi captain since Dylan Hartley is out for a long break with injury.

The NZ Warriors came to earth with a thud being thrashed 50-10 in the annual ANZAC Day match. It was only their second loss so hopefully, they will bounce back from it.

Steven Adams and the Oklahoma City Thunder have been knocked out of the first round of the NBA playoffs by the Utah Jazz.


NZ News

A story was showing up a few times this week where an American backpacker "blasted" 'Pure New Zealand' as a myth. It's a bit of a non-story, but the funny part was someone retorting that perhaps "America, home of the free" might be questionable as well.

Columnist Matthew Hooton was forced to apologise to former National MP Steven Joyce this week, after a highly critical column where Hooton said the column "could reasonably be understood to suggest that the Hon Steven Joyce had engaged in unethical, dishonest and/or corrupt behaviour during his tenure as a Minister in the previous National Government". Hooton went on to say "Nothing in the column was intended to convey such suggestions, which would be untrue. I apologise to Mr Joyce for any harm caused as a consequence."

The outgoing Counties Manukau DHB chairman has directly contradicted Health Minister David Clark about what he was told about the state of buildings at Middlemore and what happened afterward. At a guess, it sounds like Clark just doesn't listen to anyone, and makes up his own version of the truth.


The Numbers Game

150: earthquake strengthened classrooms in 36 schools have been rebuilt by NZ's Himalayan Trust after the 2015 earthquake in Nepal
300: kg of honey fell of a truck in Northland - it was estimated to be worth about $12m
69,000: more people in NZ at the end of last month than the year before - and despite Labour & NZ First campaigning strongly on drastically cutting immigration, no one seems to care
28b: $ announced this week for Auckland's roads, described by the opposition as a re-announcement of their plans when in government, except with a road toll, regional fuel tax, and national fuel tax.


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5108 (-0.0034)
EUR 0.5837 (-0.0030)
USD 0.7065 (-0.0157)
AUD 0.9344 (-0.0046)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Sylvia Ashton-Warner
In total Ashton-Warner published five novels, two books of short stories, two autobiographies and two non-fictional accounts of her educational theory.
https://teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/6a1/ashton-warner-sylvia-constance


Joke of the Weekender

Have you heard about those new corduroy pillows? They're making headlines.

 

Darren Harrison: darren@harrison.gen.nz
The Weekender: mailed weekly (Sunday nightish)
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The Weekender 21/04/2018

Hello, I hope you are having a great weekend.


Sport

Go the Warriors. After dropping a game last weekend, all eyes were on them this weekend as they took on the top of the table Dragons. However, St George-Illawarra were no match for the well-performing Warriors who picked up a 20-12 win even without Shaun Johnson. The Warriors aren't leading the NRL table (yet) due to points differential, but they are right up there.
Benji Marshall played a big hand in the Tigers win last weekend as he aims for a Kiwis recall.

Back to the Commonwealth Games. The Tall Ferns took out bronze, while squash pair Joelle King and Paul Coll both got another medal getting bronze in the mixed doubles, then Joelle King and Amanda Landers-Murphy got gold in the women's doubles. The Black Sticks women won gold and the Black Sticks men got silver. The Tall Black got bronze as well after their shock semi-final loss to Canada. Then in one of the final acts of the games, the Women's Sevens team won gold against Australia, after Australia was looking very like snatching the game. And the All Blacks Sevens (men's team) had the measure of Fiji for a good win for gold.
In the end, NZ finished fifth on the table with 15 golds, 16 silver, and 15 bronze.

Last weekend in Super Rugby, the Brumbies played well until the final quarter against the Highlanders, with the Highlanders running out to 43-17 winners.
This weekend the Highlanders beat the Blues 34-16 and the Crusaders are currently leading the Sunwolves 14-8.

The Wellington Phoenix ended a terrible season with a 2-1 win over City, and with that, managed to avoid finishing at bottom of the table.

Scott McLaughlin moved back into the Championship lead for the Aussie V8's with a win at Phillip Island.


NZ News

The government has put together a bizarre group of people to be the group consulted on New Zealand's intelligence and security issues. They include tin-hat wearing journalist and author Nicky Hager and Ahmed Zaoui's lawyer Deborah Manning.

The Health Minister has been caught out complaining he wasn't fully informed about Middlemore leady buildings, but this week an email came out showing he was properly briefed.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has had a busy week meeting with Commonwealth leaders and also the Five Eyes intelligence group.


The Numbers Game

11: days without power for some Auckland houses - well only five left now, but still
43: % support for Labour after a 5% drop, and back below National on 44% - is the honeymoon over? Greens 6%, NZ First 5%
75: groups are now advising the government according to National's tally of inquiries, reference and working groups for the first six months of office
173: people died from Polio in 1925 - the worst year
1,222: female principals in NZ schools - finally overtake the 1,139 male principals for the first time
1,500: freshwater monitoring sites show that for every monitored parameter, more sites are showing evidence of improving water quality than degrading
430,000: rides on Auckland cycleways last month, more than ever before, up 13.5% on the previous year
1.27m: $ in fines for breaching the Auckland bus lanes


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5142 (-0.0028)
EUR 0.5867 (-0.0108)
USD 0.7222 (-0.0145)
AUD 0.9390 (-0.0082)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Ivan Mauger

The New Zealander described as the best motorcycle speedway rider ever, Ivan Mauger, has died aged 78.

Mauger was a speedway legend and was the holder of six individual world championship titles between 1968 and 1979.

https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/sport/355193/speedway-champion-ivan-mauge...


Joke of the Weekender

Two men meet on opposite sides of a river. One shouts to the other "I need you to help me get to the other side!"

The other guy replies "You are on the other side!"

 

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