The Weekender 10/03/2018

Hello, we have another storm coming apparently, but the last few days have been hot.


Sport

Last weekend in Super Rugby the Crusaders beat the Stormers 45-28, and the Hurricanes beat the Jaguares 34-9. The Chief's horrific injury toll climbed when the lost Atu Moli for the season in the win against the Blues. During the week John Plumtree was announced as coach for the Hurricanes, and Damien McKenzie committed to NZ Rugby for another three years - a big win for NZ because that is two years past the World Cup.
This weekend kicked off with the Highlanders beating the Stormers 33-15.

So the ODI between the Black Caps and England wasn't the final last weekend, it was a five-match ODI series. England won the game last weekend, setting up the midweek as a must win. England batted first in the fourth game and amassed a huge 335-9 and when the two openers when for zero, it wasn't looking good. But that was when Ross Taylor stepped up. He had support from Kane Williamson, then Tom Latham, briefly Colin de Grandhomme, and finally Henry Nichols as he reached 181, even after seriously injuring his leg just after his century. The final result was a five-wicket win for the Black Caps and game on for the final match. The final match was tonight and the Black Caps batting first, reached just 223, losing by seven wickets.

  • In the English Premier League, Chris Wood scored the winner for Burnley beating Everton 2-1, while Winston Reid has been ruled out of the remainder of the season for West Ham.
  • In the Winter Paralympics, Corey Peters has claimed a bronze medal for NZ in the men's downhill sitting event.
  • Shane van Gisbergen won both races last week in the opening round of the Aussie V8's.
  • Nick Willis has been forced to pull out of the Commonwealth Games, coming up in the Gold Coast.
  • The NZ Breakers didn't fire in their first semifinal game, going down 88-77 to Melbourne, and were beaten by a stunning buzzer beater 88-86 in the second.
  • Tom Walsh has defended his IAAF World Champ title with a throw of 22.31m, almost a metre further than his competitors.

NZ News

So we always thought it was always going to be a struggle tying together this government and that is proving the case. After the irrational, but strong, negative response to the TPPA from Labour and the Greens, Labours sudden reversal (of a deal they barely touched other than signing) is proving a bit difficult to swallow for their coalition partners with Green MP Goliz Ghahraman protesting the deal as "essentially the same as before". Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, "It's not perfect but it's good enough".

More and more people have come out against the government's plan to ban foreign houses, but it is unlikely the government will take any notice. The latest is American billionaire Ric Kayne who is planning on expanding his golf course (widely regarded as one of the best in the world) but has said the plans will be over if the government goes ahead. Northland and Otago have also pointed out the economic advantages to the regions.

Steven Joyce is leaving Parliament but gives a vote of confidence to Simon Bridges. He has had a large number of roles during his time and was very experienced. But that brings me to my discussion point for the week. During the John Key era, the left-leaning media were surprisingly quiet. I don't know why but it certainly showed in the polls, National could do no wrong, and there was no opposition. But since Ardern provided a spark for Labour (despite no change in policies), the left-leaning media has come out in force. The prime example this week was the headline "Steven Joyce's hissy fit not surprising". The claim was he was leaving because he wouldn't be getting the Finance port folio. The reality, based on a pretty clear comment from the man himself, he wasn't upset and it wasn't the reason for leaving. That is one example, and it's not surprising, but it has been going on for months.


The Numbers Game

18.8: C was the average temperature for summer, 2.1C above the average, and surpassing the 18.5C of 1934-1935
2.58m: $ spent by Labour for the election, $3.85/vote vs National's $3.40/vote ($2.55m)
3m: (almost) NZers completed the census online by the deadline
1b: $ worth of drugs stopped by Customs at the border in the last year.


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5261 (0.0002)
EUR 0.5910 (0.0016)
USD 0.7275 (0.0027)
AUD 0.9310 (-0.0034)


The Weekender NZer of the week

William Atack
William Harrington Atack, of Canterbury, was the first sports referee in the world to use a whistle to stop a game.
Today the referee’s whistle is a ubiquitous feature in sport. It now seems logical and obvious, but it was a New Zealander who first thought of it in June 1884.
http://www.nzedge.com/legends/william-atack/


Joke of the Weekender

Wife says to her programmer husband, "Go to the store and buy a loaf of bread. If they have eggs, buy a dozen."
Husband returns with 12 loaves of bread.

 

Darren Harrison: darren@harrison.gen.nz
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The Weekender 03/03/2018

Welcome back, I hope you've had a good couple of weeks!


Sport

We have quite a bit to get through!

Super Rugby has kicked off and the Stormers held on for a 28-20 win over the Jaguares, and the Lions beat the Sharks 26-19.
The following week NZ started with the Highlanders beating the Blues 41-34. The Hurricanes started slowly and lost 21-19 to the Bulls in Pretoria, while the Crusaders relied on a disputed penalty try & yellow card (you are not allowed to defend your line, apparently!) to beat the Chiefs 45-23.
This weekend the Chiefs beat the Blues 27-21 after starting with about 15 players out injured. What do Australian Super Rugby teams and the Blues have in common? Neither can beat any of the NZ teams!
Wyatt Crockett has announced he will retire at the end of the season. He has had only three defeats in 71 games as an All Black. Jerome Kaino has announced he will be leaving NZ rugby at the end of this season to play in France.

Warriors captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has turned down an offer from the All Blacks to switch codes and has re-signed with the Warriors for four years.

The Black Caps continued in the tri-series with a 2-run loss to England, but the margin was small enough that NZ went through to the final against Australia. And Australia won the final by 19 runs.
Next on the list was a three-match ODI series and Ross Taylor hit hist 18th century to lead NZ to a three-wicket win. England bounced back in Mt Maunganui to win by six wickets and the final game is on right now. England got a below average score but NZ's had a collapse and it isn't looking good!

The Wellington Phoenix had a positive game a couple of weeks ago beating Perth Glory 2-1 - but there hasn't been much more good news with their coach not continuing on after a single year in charge. 
The All Whites announced their new coach, Swiss Fritz Schmid.

The Winter Olympics has been on and NZ has been competing. I guess we weren't expecting much, although I remember the excitement back in 1992 when Annelise Coberger won silver. What I didn't realise was that that was our only Winter Olympic medal - until this time when on the same day two sixteen-year-olds got bronze. Firstly Zoi Sadowski-Synnott in the women's Big Air event and later Nico Porteous in the men's halfpipe freeski.

The NZ Breakers missed out on finishing third after they were beaten 101-86 by the Sydney Kings. Kirk Penney has announced he will retire at the end of this season.
The Tall Blacks have been playing as well and a young team had an impressive 82-73 win over China in a World Cup qualifier, followed up with a 93-84 win over South Korea.

Haydon Paddon finished fourth in Rally Sweden after being near the top for the race.

Dean Barker has been linked with the New York Yacht Club for the Quantum Racing series, fueling speculation that they will make an America's Cup bid.

The Aussie V8 season has started and Shane van Gisbergen had a good win in the first race of the round.

The Volvo Ocean Race arrived in Auckland this week with Blair Tuke's MAPFRE beating his Olympic partner Peter Burling to the finish line.


NZ News

Former tropical cyclone Gita hit NZ bring more rain and stormy weather. It crossed through central/south North Island and hit the top of the North Island too. Buller declared a state of emergency after they had coastal flooding. Sixty tourists were trapped two hours south of Greymouth after roads were closed and washed away. There were power outages across Wanganui Region.

A charity helping patients with rare disorders has slammed the Government for backing down a pre-election promise of $20m for rare diseases. You can't blame the government though, they promised the world and everyone believed them but now they are in they've realised they can't just print money.
But maybe they figured out a way as they started spending (or announcing) parts of their $3b fund for regions. They announced $61m for a number of things from a railway in Napier to a number of things up north. National pointed out that a number of things included were already going ahead, or planned for by the previous government.
Apparently, the universities are complaining about Labour's much vaunted free fees policy claiming it will only create an added administrative burden and push students into courses they won't or can't pass.
PM Jacinda Ardern went to Australia this week, apparently with the intent of trying to stop Australia deporting criminals with very loose ties to NZ (i.e. recently they deported someone who had never even been to New Zealand). But as anyone would expect, Australia just ignored her.

The National Party leadership race had five entries at one point but ended up with Tauranga MP Simon Bridges. He is 41 and was brought up in West Auckland and is part Maori.


The Numbers Game

3: NZ cities/areas were named in a report highlighting the world's 100 best users of renewable energy, Auckland, Wellington and Kapiti
5.2: Richter scale earthquake southwest of Hastings
7: th most powerful passport in the world
48: % support for Labour with a jump in fortunes. National has dropped a little (3%) to 43% with NZ First and Greens both dropping well down
150: years of justice at Auckland High Court
350: drivers have had to resit their licences or had them revoked after an investigation by NZTA revealed bribery and general 
21,000: overpaid to PM Jacinda Ardern & Deputy PM Winston Peters - but it wasn't their fault & they immediate repaid it
25,000: $ clean up bill for Auckland Council after someone dumped 1,285 tyres into a ravine
520,000: $ spent on travel for Auckland City executives resulted in Mayor Phill Goff wanting to ban business class travel
22.5m: $ worth of cocaine intercepted by authorities after an attempt by two Canadians
669m: $ worth of payments from the Government to early childhood providers were paid twice this week after a Westpac error - it was mostly recovered.


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5259 (0.0000)
EUR 0.5894 (-0.0038)
USD 0.7248 (-0.0155)
AUD 0.9344 (0.0022)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Robert J Dickie
Champion of Automation
RJ Dickie invented, patented and marketed the world’s first stamp vending machine. His machines were in use for 50 years, 18,000 were used in Britain, with countless thousands around the world. The machine that won star honours at the 1909 Pacific Expo in Seattle came from a New Zealander with a single idea. Robert James Dickie was born in London on December 30, 1876. Twelve years later, he immigrated with his family to Wellington, New Zealand. He joined the staff of the Chief Post Office at Customs Street in 1891 and went to work in the foreign mail department.
http://www.nzedge.com/legends/robert-j-dickie/


Joke of the Weekender

What's the difference between a good joke and a bad joke timing.

 

Darren Harrison: darren@harrison.gen.nz
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The Weekender 17/02/2018

Welcome along. I am going to skip next week due to a massive (surprise) party. Well, some sort of surprise party anyway.


Sport

In the Brisbane Global Tens, the Blues beat the Hurricanes for the title. The Chiefs would have felt rightly aggrieved after they had two very dodgy calls against them resulting in tries in their knockout game against the Reds.

The Black Caps have been in action as the Twenty20 tri-series continued. Firstly against England where Kane Williamson hit 72 to lead NZ to a 12 run win. In the second game this week the Black Caps played Australia in Auckland and chose to bat first, hitting an amazing 243-6 with a ton from Martin Guptill, but Australia took apart rookie bowler Ben Wheeler and put together a record run chase to win by five wickets.

There is another kiwi doing well in the UFC with Israel Adesanya in the middleweight, knocking out Australian Rob Wilkinson with a TKO in the second round.

Lydia Ko started well briefly leading the LPGA in Australia before slipped back to third. She has recently replaced her coach and caddy.

Haydon Paddon has done well in the WRC Rally of Sweden winning a couple of stages and finishing third in a 1-2-3 for Hyundai.


NZ News

Kiwi technology pops up in all sorts of places and this time it's a new technique for detecting DNA when there are multiple contributors in one sample. The system called STRmix was used in America for a breakthrough in a brutal triple murder investigation in Florida last year.

In Auckland, they were mopping up after 55mm in 14 hours hit town, but for most of this week its been all about the humidity with 99% joining the 28 degree days. After only 13 days of February, northern parts of Auckland had already registered their wettest February on record.

The government has released a report claiming a "sobering" stocktake on housing found homelessness was worse than thought, but a property expert has claimed it is simply a political argument and they are just diverting the focus in a way that is unreasonable and amplifies the homeless figures.

The defence minister Ron Mark has switched his views and expressed support for the NZ deployment to Iraq where he previously called them cowards.
The Green Party won't be happy after it's likely they will have to support the so-called "Waka Jumping" bill because they didn't raise it during coalition negotiations. They have been very opposed to it in the past, but the government simply doesn't have the numbers without the Greens.

The devastating news of the week was that Bill English has stood down as leader of the National Party. He obviously had the financial credentials to lead the country and I think he had the ability for huge long-term improvements for those worse off socially - without destroying our financial stability. He decided over the summer holidays that his 27 years in politics were enough. Many many politicians from New Zealand and across the world had positive things to say about English - except most gallingly the one person who stopping him winning the last election - Winston Peters, who said some horrid and incoherent stuff. Amy Adams, Judith Collins, and Simon Bridges have lined up as potential replacements.


The Numbers Game

6: people died on the roads in a horror 24 hours last weekend
15: years after Sir Peter Black was murdered, one of the fugitive pirates involved has been captured
50: people had died on our roads by 13th Feb, ten above last year
556: days spent fighting suspicious fires over the last eight years
50,000: $ for one lucky fan who took a stunning one-handed catch off a six at the Black Caps game
1.2m: $ of cocaine resulted in eight years jail for a Portuguese national.


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5259 (0.0049)
EUR 0.5932 (0.0031)
USD 0.7403 (0.0173)
AUD 0.9322 (0.0045)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Ernest Godward
Inventive Entrepreneur
An innovator of many talents. During the 1930s he was a leading world expert on the internal combustion engine. He built power tools, eggbeaters, burglar-proof windows and hairpins. He was a champion sportsman, a fine musician and a talented painter – Ernest Godward was a brilliant over-achiever.http://www.nzedge.com/legends/ernest-godward/


Joke of the Weekender

I've found a job helping a one-armed typist do capital letters.
It's shift work.

 

Darren Harrison: darren@harrison.gen.nz
The Weekender: mailed weekly (Sunday nightish)
Website: www.dunwich.co.nz/weekender/
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The Weekender 10/02/2018

Welcome along. I think after the hot weather we are starting to do what the Aussies do. On Friday I switched from summer clothing (t-shirt & shorts) to winter clothing (+jersey & slippers) just because the temperature was low 20's with rain. Well at least for half an hour.


Sport

The Hamilton Sevens went well last weekend with a good crowd dressed up and behaving themselves. As the newspaper article said, "the inaugural Hamilton Sevens sold out yet again" (do newspapers not have editors anymore?). NZ topped their pool but got knocked out in the semis and Fiji went on to win the tournament, beating South Africa 24-17 in the final.
It looks like Queensland's Global Tens rugby tournament isn't being supported very well in Queensland, and there is more talk of it moving to New Zealand. I'm not sure why they say global though, it's mostly NZ & Australian teams, but like last year NZ teams are the ones to beat. The Blues are unbeaten in Pool A, the Chiefs are unbeaten in Pool B and the Crusaders are unbeaten in Pool C.

The Black Caps lost to Australia in their opening Twenty20 match at Melbourne after some rain and Duckworth Lewis calculations.

The NZ Breakers booked their semi-final spot in the ANBL, with a hard-fought 88-84 win over the Illawarra Hawks.
Stephen Adams and the Oklahoma City Thunder broke their run of losses with a good 125-105 win over the defending champions the Golden State Warriors.
Perhaps unrelated (?) but Basketball has overtaken Football as measured by Secondary School Participants.

Team New Zealand won the top award at the Halberg Awards this year. Lisa Carrington won the Sportswoman of the year, with Tom Walsh picking up Sportsman of the year. Team New Zealand won the team of the year and Rob Waddell was inducted into the Hall of Fame.


NZ News

The weather changed from dry to wet this week and it doesn't happen very often but the rain caused two deaths after three young people were swept down a river in Auckland's Waitakere Ranges. On Waitangi Day, Gisborne reached 28C, but after the Southern Alps had a dusting of snow, Gore had a high of 12C. Northland had their hottest January since records began in 1909.

This week has seen two streams of political news. The first around the Government's attendance at the Waitangi Day celebrations. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern somehow managed to be there for five days and got lots of good press, but there are lots of unanswered questions. It seems the government isn't really focused on settling Waitangi claims - in fact, 9 years of the previous Labour government settled hardly any claims compared to 9 years of National government. And now Ardern is saying she is focusing on jobs, housing and infrastructure - which isn't related to Waitangi commitments.

The other stream of political news was a constant barrage of presumably left-leaning reporting that Bill English was about to be rolled as leader of the National Party. Everyone tagged as a replacement has come out in support of English staying long term. And toward the end of the week, Bill came out swinging on a couple of issues. Firstly about charter schools which the Education Minister Chris Hipkins has said all need to be closed down. The issue here (other than the 1300 students they serve) is that Labour's deputy leader Kelvin Davis said he would resign if two of the Maori chart schools in Northland closed down, and other Labour MPs have supported the schools in the past as well. English said closing the doors was "nasty and vindictive, and the victims will be the kids".

Bill English has also said that National will reach out to New Zealand First and the Green Party to advance areas of common interest.


The Numbers Game

0: days off school in five years of secondary school for Fairfield College student Jarrod Neill-Woodd
10,000: $ for each Black Ferns player as back pay for their successful 2017 season


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5210 (0.0040)
EUR 0.5901 (0.0019)
USD 0.7230 (-0.0110)
AUD 0.9277 (0.0071)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Peter Jackson
Once upon a time – in fact only a generation ago – the likelihood of anyone even making a feature film here in New Zealand was laughably remote. The prospect of a Kiwi film director creating a huge worldwide smash hit seemed utterly impossible.
http://www.nzedge.com/legends/peter-jackson/


Joke of the Weekender

My friend asked me to help him round up his 37 sheep.
I said "40."

 

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