The Weekender 07/12/2019

Welcome along, we are getting closer to the end of the year!


Sport

The Black Caps drew the second test and thus won the test match series against England. Australia is next.

The Wellington Phoenix won their second game in a row with a 1-2 win over Adelaide United.

The Silver Ferns have been awarded the Londsdale Cup from the New Zealand Olympic Committee in recognition of their World Cup success.

The NZ Breakers have un-indefinitely suspended American import, Glen Rice Jnr, putting him in the lineup against Cairns. Perhaps they found out some more details about the alleged assault. It didn't help them though losing 108-90.


NZ News

As we get closer to a year before the elections, it seems that PM Jacinda Ardern has learnt some lessons from former-PM Helen Clark with her last winning election - you can easily use other people's money to buy an election.
The party have abandoned the pre-election "Budget Responsibility Rules", and they are planning on borrowing billions for infrastructure projects - but didn't National do the same when they were in power? Yes, they did, but times were completely different. National did it during a global financial crisis and kept NZ's economy strong. Labour has blown a strong economy during a time of 'plenty' and is talking about borrowing near the end of an election term, and the way they've been spending (or perhaps the way NZ First has been spending) seems random and unnecessary.
Take for example this week's announcement and perhaps the first election bribe of $396 million for almost every school in the country for infrastructure. Firstly, I say almost, because the newly integrated Hamilton Christian School isn't on the list, and the Destiny Church school isn't there either, and the fully integrated Waipa Christian School doesn't get anything - they seem like targetted exceptions rather than random. Secondly, this is an example of random spending. The reason it is a bribe rather than useful spending is that the amount the schools get seems related to school size rather than need. Rich schools in Auckland are getting more than poor schools that could do with infrastructure spending. It gets worse. It is a "use it or lose it" deal. So that means the money will be wasted on stuff that isn't actually needed just to use it up.

The Police announced a data breach this week when legitimate access to the online platform allowed someone to see all gun owner details.

This week the government said it will ban foreign donations to political parties and candidates over $50 to try and "protect New Zealand from foreign interference".

The Australian fires have been terrible, and aside from a faint orange haze over here, it has also been noticed that our glaciers are turning pink.

Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi has been accused of favouritism after he promised a long-time friend to help with an immigration case.


The Numbers Game

15: % increase on overseas prices with new rules where companies doing more than $60,000 worth of business in NZ must now charge GST
46: % for National in the latest One News poll meaning they could (with help from ACT) govern, Labour 39%, Green 7%, NZ First 4%, ACT 2%
9.6m: $ from the Government's Provincial slush fund to fully tarseal the Forgotten World Highway - such a shame


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5000 (0.0035)
EUR 0.5937 (0.0112)
USD 0.6567 (0.0149)
AUD 0.9600 (0.0110)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Godfrey Bowen
With a history steeped in agriculture, it is natural that New Zealand’s farmers, shepherds and shearers have become known throughout the world for their skill and toughness. Many have travelled, to teach and work in foreign countries, but few have been invited to Buckingham Palace, appeared on late-night American television or been honoured by the leader of the Soviet Union. Only one: Godfrey Bowen.
https://www.nzedge.com/legends/endurance/godfrey-bowen/


Joke of the Weekender

Everybody knows 40 is the new 30, right? But the police officer giving me a speeding ticket couldn’t be persuaded.

 

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The Weekender 30/11/2019

Another week and it's almost December.


Sport

The England cricket team are touring and last week the Black Caps won the first test match by an innings and 65 runs. England batted first and reached 353 with Ben Stokes highest at 91. NZ didn't start particularly well, although Kane Williamson got a half-century, but then BJ Wattling and Michell Santner combined for a 261-run partnership. Mitch got his maiden ton and BJ got a double century. Then near the end of the fourth day when NZ declared at 615/9, Mitch and BJ combined again with Mitch taking three wickets. The final day saw England all out for 197 with Denly top-scoring with 35.

Wellington Phoenix got their first A-League win for the season with a 2-1 win over the Brisbane Roar.

Scott McLaughlin was crowned the 2019 Supercars Champion last weekend after the final race at Newcastle.


NZ News

There have been a number of Erebus 40 year anniversary events this week. Hundreds gathered at Auckland's Holy Trinity Cathedral, and as I headed home from the Auckland Airport on Thursday there was a ceremony happening there as well. The Government and Air New Zealand have apologised to the families of the 257 people who died in the 1979 disaster.

A hostage situation in Tauranga resulted in police having no option but to shoot the man dead. The family were taken to hospital but were all OK health-wise.


The Numbers Game

5.9: magnitude earthquake in the Bay of Plenty was felt across the North Island
8: th most connected country in the OECD is New Zealand - the first phase of UFB was completed one month ahead of schedule and within budget
11.46: % increase in the tobacco excise tax has resulted in New Zealand First invoking the "Agree to Disagree" coalition agreement with Labour to publicly oppose the increase
35: deaths in Samoa from measles, blamed on NZ's lax handling of our measles outbreak
12,000: more people will receive mental health training over the next four years the government announced this week
2.2m: Lime scooter rides in Auckland
2,935,597: km travelled in Auckland on Lime scooters
4.4m: Lime scooter rides across NZ for a total of 6.4m km


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.4965 (-0.0028)
EUR 0.5825 (0.0011)
USD 0.6419 (0.0010)
AUD 0.9490 (0.0043)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Archibald McIndoe
Motivated by a desire to be more than just an ordinary doctor, Archibald Hector McIndoe pursued greatness and became much more than an ordinary surgeon. Appointed plastic surgeon to the Royal Air Force in the midst of World War II, McIndoe brought plastic surgery to the forefront of burns treatment and became a pioneer of what is more commonly known today as ‘therapeutic community’. As noted by one of his patients; “McIndoe, as well as being a great surgeon, was also a great psychologist”.
https://www.nzedge.com/legends/archibald-mcindoe/


Joke of the Weekender

How many gorillas can fit into a car? Eight.
How many chickens can fit into the car? None, the car is already full of gorillas.

 

Darren Harrison: darren@harrison.gen.nz
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The Weekender 23/11/2019

Hi. sorry for the missing issues of The Weekender. My Dad passed away on the 8th, so it has been a hectic time.


Sport

- It seems like an age ago, but South Africa won the Rugby World Cup beating a very flat England team 32-12
- Former Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has been announced as the new Rugby Australia coach.
- Warren Gatland took himself out of the running to coach the All Blacks, sticking to the Chiefs and Lions tour of Sth Africa - although he does want to coach them sometime
- Aaron Cruden has announced he is returning to the Chiefs for the 2020 season
- NZ Breakers have indefinitely suspended American import, Glen Rice Junior after he was charged with assault from an incident outside an Auckland bar
- Michael Venus and his Sth African doubles partner finished up second in the ATP Finals in London
- The Tall Ferns fell 69-65 to South Korea in their game for a shot at the Tokyo Olympics, they had earlier beaten the Philippines 111-54
- Paul Coll came second in the world squash champs in Qatar
- The Wellington Phoenix grabbed their first A-League point with a 1-1 draw against the Melbourne Victory
- Scott McLaughlin won the Aussie V8 Championship with a race to spare
- Today's race for this weekend's final Aussie V8 round saw the three kiwis finish on top - Shane van Gisbergen, McLaughlin and Fabian Coulthard
- The Kiwis beat Great Britain 23-8 to win the league series 2-0
- Sonny Bill Wiliams confirmed a big-money ($10m) move to the new Toronto Wolfpack rugby league team
- The Black Sticks men made it to the Olympics beating South Korea 3-0 in Taranaki
- At Eden Park the Tongan rugby league team had a historic 16-12 upset win over Australia
- Kiwi Bayern Munich player Sarpreet Singh has been called up to join the first team


NZ News

The government's latest issue has been around coalition partner New Zealand First and the previously well-hidden New Zealand First Foundation which has apparently accepted a large number of donations that were never registered as party donations. The interesting part is that they are all dodging questions and avoiding the media, which just makes everyone think there is something dodgy going on. Winston Peters went on the attack calling reporters "psycho", "stupid" and "psychologically maladjusted" - which makes it seem more plausible that NZ First has been illegally getting donations for years. Peters' lawyer has threatened to sue National for $30m if they repeat the claims outside of parliament - but still, no one is saying how what they've done is legal. Jacinda Ardern is refusing to say anything, tellingly she has also refused to say whether she has confidence in the Deputy Prime Minister or not.

- The government announced that prisoners serving less than three years will be able to vote in the 2020 election. I wonder what you have to do to get three years?
- The Grace Millane court case finished up with a verdict of murder
- Prince Charles and Camilla toured NZ this week finishing up in Christchurch
- Green MP Gareth Hughes will be retiring at the next election
- An obesity expert has attacked the Governments new anti-obesity plan saying it is window-dressing
- The government's anti-obesity plan includes banning junk food adverts around schools
- Winston Peters court case against his own government departments and National MPs continues but he now accepts it wasn't the National MPs who released his superannuation overpayment information
- The Wellington election is over with previous Mayor Justin Lester being denied a recount
- NZ has had noticeable smoke & dust from the catastrophic Australian bushfires in NSW and QLD
- There has been a 46% increase in electricity hardship payments - but true to form the government (after two years) blamed the previous government


The Numbers Game

1: # voted bird of the year in New Zealand is the Hoiho
32.2: degC in Hawke's Bay with roads melting and fires burning
34.5: degC in Kawerau a couple of days earlier
3,300: lightning strikes across NZ
100,000: $ spent by Tourism NZ for Stephen Colbert's NZ trip - that will probably get us a great return on the investment
15.8m: $ set aside by the Napier City Council for a new permanent library
23m: $ lost to online scams by NZers 
170m: $ higher deficit total for the District Health Boards than the government previously admitted


Finance NZ Dollar

Since 02/11/2019 (21 days ago).
GBP 0.4993 (0.0026)
EUR 0.5814 (0.0071)
USD 0.6408 (-0.0020)
AUD 0.9447 (0.0143)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Harold Gillies
“Rhinoplasty, skin grafts, and facial reconstructions have been practised for centuries. However, it was New Zealander Harold Delf Gillies who standardised these techniques and established the discipline of ‘plastic surgery’. In 1920, his textbook “Plastic Surgery of the Face” was published, setting down the principles of modern plastic surgery; principles which were adopted by surgeons from every part of the world. The British Medical Journal described it as “one of the most notable contributions made to surgical literature in our day”.The New York Medical Journal said that “his are the greatest of all contributions to the advance of this interesting reparative work.”
https://www.nzedge.com/legends/harold-gillies/


Joke of the Weekender

I asked my daughter if she’d seen my newspaper. She told me that newspapers are old school. She said that people use tablets nowadays and handed me her iPad. The fly didn’t stand a chance. 

 

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The Weekender 02/11/2019

Grrrr, what Rugby World Cup?


Sport

Well, it was always going to tough winning three Rugby World Cup's in a row, but the dream died last weekend as England really turned up for the game, playing out of their skins and the All Blacks turned up a bit flat. England won 19-7, and in the other game, South Africa edged Wales 19-16.
The third/fourth play-off was last night and the All Blacks beat Wales 40-17. Welsh coach Warren Gatland hopes to have left a lasting legacy after his 12-years in charge but returns to the Waikato to coach the Chiefs - yay! All Blacks captain Kieran Read finishes his international career having won 107 of his 127 games and being captain 52 times. Coach Steve Hansen also had an emotional farewell after 16 years in charge - all he managed to say was "It has been a privilege". He won 86% of the matches, 11 of 16 tri-nations and retained the Bledisloe Cup for the entire 16 years.

The Silver Ferns couldn't win the last constellation cup game losing 53-46, but coach Noeline Taurua launched a stinging attack on the ref - one that the governing body seemed to mostly agree with. The International Federation made a rare move releasing a statement acknowledging the complaints. New Zealand was penalised 66 times, after being penalised an average of 42 times in the first three games.

The England cricket team are in the country on tour and kicked off the first Twenty20 with a win over the Black Caps by seven-wickets.

The Kiwis hung on to beat the touring Great Britan team 12-8 at Eden Park today.

Kiwi teenager Alice Robinson has stunned skiing's defending giant slalom champ, winning the opening race by a narrow margin in Austria. 

In the Aussie V8's Scott McLaughlin had a major crash, writing off his car and fellow Kiwi Shane van Gisbergen put a major dent in the series lead winning the final race at Gold Coast.


NZ News

Previously, two charities run by Destiny Church were deregistered as charities after failing to file annual returns - something that seemed very targetted anti-Christian actions given that more than 1,300 charities had also failed to do the same. However, now the High Court has ordered that both charities be reinstated.

The last seat on the Council for Queenstown Lakes District was decided by a coin toss after two people ended up with an identical number of votes.

NZ First MP Shane Jones came out swinging (yet again) after Jet Star announced they were cancelling regional services. But he flies around the country a lot, right? So how many times has he supported Jet Star? Never. Not once since he got in, in 2017.

When the Minister of Transport, Phil Twyford, forgets something, hopefully, next time it is just his keys, and not important details on appointments to the $4b funded NZTA board. He was repeatedly asked if he asked or any of the board members asked to be reappointed and he repeatedly answered "no". That was until it was found that one of the board members had asked to stay, and Twyford had asked him to stay - only for it to be blocked elsewhere. A spokeswoman said that the minister will correct the answer in the House at the first opportunity. This is just another case of the government and MP's blatantly lying until they get found out. You can bet he didn't forget those key details for one of the most important boards in the country.


The Numbers Game

1: death is too many, but there was only one during the long weekend with a motorcyclist killed in Taranaki
1: year after being stolen a Gallipoli medal was found by a keen-eyed local on the side of a road
25,000: $ for tickets to the RWC final this week
5.4m: $ from the Strategic Science Investment fund to research shoe leather - corporate welfare at its finest
13m: $ being spent by the government to teach Siri or Alexa how to speak in Maori - that is 1,500 years of median wage tax


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.4967 (0.0017)
EUR 0.5743 (0.0013)
USD 0.6428 (0.0079)
AUD 0.9304 (-0.0002)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Pamela Pigeon
The Kiwi who became the UK's first female spy commander.
In an unassuming town in the English countryside in 1943, a New Zealander quietly made history by becoming the first female commander of a British spy base.
Until now, she has remained unnoticed by history, flying under the radar for 76 years.
Today, British spy agency GCHQ released details of her work as part of commemorations of its 100-year anniversary.
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12281815&...


Joke of the Weekender

Optimist: The glass is half full.
Pessimist: The glass is half empty.
Mother: Why didn’t you use a coaster!

 

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