March 2015

The Weekender 29/03/2015

Welcome along - it's the Cricket World Cup final tonight!
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*Sport*
Ahh the cricket. Before we look at the semi final, last weekend I didn't
point out something stunning. If you didn't see any footage of the quarter
final against the Windies, make sure you check out this clip showing Dan
Vettori's catch
.
The catch was amazing, but his humble understated response is the best
part. You wouldn't see that from the Australian team.
So the two semi finals couldn't have been more different. I think B.Mac
(Brendon McCullum) summed it up best when he said that NZ vs South Africa
was how cricket should be, no mind games, no sledging, just two teams
playing great cricket. Compare that with Australia vs India!
NZ had been playing well, but knockout games are knockout games and South
Africa (despite a couple of losses) had also been looking strong. Neither
team has ever been to a Cricket World Cup final. South Africa chose to bat
first and were doing well when an hour or two of rain stopped play. The
game was reduced to 43 overs, and after South Africa reached 281 for five,
NZ were asked to get 298 thanks to DuckworthLewis. McCullum started well
with 59 off 26 balls, but Corey Anderson and Grant Elliott put on the
partnership, taking us to 252/5. Still a few runs to get but enough time at
10 an over. But then Ronchi was out leaving recalled Grant Elliott and Dan
Vettori - the two 36 year olds. Those last few overs were so nerve wracking
I've heard of a few kiwis who couldn't watch (turning off the TV for the
last two overs!). We needed 23 off 12 balls. In the penultimate over we
got a few singles and twos and one four, along with Elliott being dropped
with South Africa having a few unusual issues in the field. That left 12
runs off 6 balls. A couple of singles left Dan on strike - not exactly what
everyone was hoping for, but he slotted a shot away for four, relieving the
pressure and leaving six for the win, another single left Elliott with two
balls to win the game - and the next shot was a six. It took me half an
hour to calm down so I could go to sleep. South Africa had been given the
tag of choking in the big games but they didn't, it was a fantastic game
and it could have easily gone either way. That ended New Zealand's
involvement with hosting the CWC and for it's part NZ received high praise
from the governing body.
What will it be like on Sunday night!

Well the Phoenix are looking good this year. Last weekend they beat
Brisbane 2-1. As well as a valuable win over a top team, the win gave the
Phoenix a four point lead at the top of the A-League.

The trans-tasman netball league is back & running again with the
Waikato/BOP Magic picking up a 52-49 win over the Mainland Tactix. It is
looking like it won't be a particularly good year for NZ teams.

Following up Super rugby from last weekend, the Waratahs beat the
Australian conference leaders the Brumbies 28-13. The Hurricanes continued
to move into uncharted territory with their sixth win beating the Melbourne
Rebels 36-12, and the Lions beat the Reds 18-17. The Highlanders haven't
won everything but they are still doing well, this time was a 39-21 win
over the Stormers. The Chiefs beat the Cheetahs 37-27 even though they
didn't have a great game, the Blues were determined but lost to the
Waratahs 23-11, and the Crusaders were beaten 31-19 by the Bulls.
The Sevens are in Hong Kong and NZ booked a spot in the semis with a a
24-24 draw with Portugal, and a 14-5 win over Australia in their games on
Saturday.

Team New Zealand could be in trouble after the government reiterated that
if the America's Cup qualifying round doesn't come to Auckland, then they
won't get government funding. The Cup organisers seem to have back tracked,
announcing that Auckland would not be hosting a round.
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*NZ News*
So the biggest national news of the week is the Northland byelection. As
soon as it was announced Winston Peters saw a spot for publicity and
announced he would run for the seat. After a few weeks Labour 'did a deal'
and leader Andrew Little told Labour supporters to vote strategically. So
according to the lead up polls, all the opposition parties together have
enough votes to roll the previously safe National seat.
The papers & opposition have had a go at National for promising new two
lane bridges - even though they were just saying things that were already
on the plan, and National even pulled back from announcing some things they
still plan to do. While on the other side of the fence 48% of people don't
trust Winston Peters, and it's obvious why when in one day he promised
someone a referendum on legalising marijuana, only to back down & claim he
didn't say that.
In the end (the byelection was yesterday), Winston Peters won by over
4,000, turning around a 6,000 majority National had six months ago. It
doesn't really do anything for Winston's bargaining power in the slightest.
It just gives slightly more power to United Future & ACT (and maybe the
Maori Party). It really is just a publicity stunt. If he had really wanted
to do something other than have a 3 year tax payer funded holiday, he would
have made some agreement to work with the government. He still might, but
with Winston there are no guarantees. So what do minor party MPs and non
top level opposition MPs do?
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*The Numbers Game*
1: volcanic alert level for Ngauruhoe after increased activity
23: sixes for kiwi Colin Munro in a first class cricket match for the
Auckland Aces, a world record breaking the previous record of 16
79.9: % of NZ's energy is from renewable resources - the previous decade
was 60-70% before beginning to rise in 2009
40-50,000: people came to NZ for the Cricket World Cup
150,000: $ offer for Dambuster Les Munro's medals to keep them in NZ - he
was to auction them off in London
10m: $ estimated direct economic impact on Wellington over the single
weekend when NZ played England in the Cricket World Cup
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*Finance NZ Dollar*
GBP 0.5096 (0.0042)
EUR 0.6966 (-0.0020)
USD 0.7576 (0.0013)
AUD 0.9720 (0.0001)
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*The Weekender NZer of the week*
Keith Park
design of battle
http://www.nzedge.com/legend-keith-park/
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*Joke of the Weekender*
It's too bad that whole families have to be torn apart by something as
simple as wild dogs.
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The Weekender 22/03/2015

Welcome along.
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*Sport*
The Warriors are on a roll, with a 18-6 win over the Raiders last weekend
and then a massive first half effort (22-0) leading to a 29-16 win over the
Eels on Saturday.

The Cricket World Cup. First a round up of other quarter final games. South
Africa thrashed Sri Lanka by 9 wickets, India beat Bangladesh by 109 runs,
and Australia beat Pakistan by 6 wickets. The quarter final of interest was
of course New Zealand vs the West Indies. NZ won the toss and batted first
with Brendon McCullum leaving early, but Williamson, Taylor & Elliott all
chipping in, but holding the eventual 393/6 (!) together was a World Cup
record 237 not out to Martin Guptill - and at a strike rate of 145! Chris
Gayle was slightly injured but stepped up for the Windies but when his 61
off 33 was over at 5-120, then the Windies were just trying to beat
Guptill's score which they did after some fine big hitting from their tail
order as they reached 250. NZ won by 143 runs.
What a great game, good work by the Black Caps. They have two days off
before facing South Africa at Eden Park.

Super Rugby rolls on with the Hurricanes continuing unbeaten as they won
20-13 over the Highlanders. The Crusaders finished ... well, to beat the
Cheetahs 57-14, while the Chiefs lost an ugly game against the Sharks 12-11.
In the Women's world Sevens series, New Zealand won their third tournament
beating USA 50-12 in the final of the Atlanta Sevens.
Finally, former kiwi, now Australian, always controversial, ref Steve Walsh
has retired from all forms of refereeing to focus on business interests
outside rugby.
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*NZ News*
There was a small Ebola scare in NZ this week with a kiwi nurse who just
arrived back from volunteer work in Africa, needing to be tested. She was
eventually cleared.

The bill to ensure the MP's don't get bigger pay rises than those in the
public sector (such as police and nurses) is being pushed through
Parliament under urgency, with support from all parties except for the
Green Party. The Greens didn't think the new formula was fairer thinking
they may get even higher pay increases. Their proposal was to pay MP's with
fig leaves and hemp clothing.

Cyclone Pam was widely forecast to bring destruction to NZ (as it did in
Vanuatu), but I don't know of anywhere that got more than a bit of rain.
Over in the Chathams they were blown around a bit, but they probably expect
that on an average day over there. We got a good solid day of rain which
may go some way to helping the farmers around here, but we've had lovely
blue skies except for Monday.
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*The Numbers Game*
5.6: % increase in Auckland rents over the last year according to Trade Me
Property
76: % drop in the non-immunised over 65 year old group since the childhood
immunisation from pneumococcal disease was introduced in 2008 - it is
virtually eliminated in young children
7,500: new jobs created in the Northland region over the last year, nearly
90% full time jobs. None of these were created by Winston Peters.
10,300: NZers had their legal aid debt of $18m written off in the last year
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*Finance NZ Dollar*
GBP 0.5054 (0.0085)
EUR 0.6986 (0.0005)
USD 0.7563 (0.0233)
AUD 0.9719 (0.0119)
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*The Weekender NZer of the week*
Apriana Ngata
design of Maori language
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apirana_Ngata
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*Joke of the Weekender*
If you're in a boxing match, try not to let the other guy's glove touch
your lips, because you don't know where that glove has been.
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The Weekender 15/03/2015

Hello, we've been told to prepare for Cyclone Pam for a couple of days now
- two lovely sunny days! Tomorrow will tell.
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*Sport*
While the Cricket World Cup continues, the Super rugby is getting
interesting. Bouncing back from last weekend's loss to the Highlanders, the
Chiefs beat the Stormers at home even though their first half scrum was
demolished. The Chiefs had announced their intention to beat the Stormers
with speed and they did so, beating the previously unbeaten Stormers 18-29,
with the help of Aaron Cruden's return to form with 18 points. On Friday
night the Hurricanes beat the Blues 30-23, and the Highlanders are proving
they aren't quite the easy-beats of old, beating the highly rated Waratahs
26-19. The Crusaders had a returning Dan Carter to help in the 34-6
thrashing of the Lions.
The tables are quite interesting with the three "conferences". It's clear
already that the Australian & South African conferences are quite easy with
only one team in each above 11 points, while the NZ conference is far more
even with the Hurricanes, Chiefs & Highlanders above 14. Also the
plus/minus points ratio shows the same story with only the Blues in
negative in the NZ conference (3 Australia, 2 South Africa) and the Blues
ratio better than 4th & 5th placed Australian & South African teams. Table
(* for 4 games otherwise 5 games): Brumbies 20, Hurricanes*/Chiefs 18,
Stormers 16, Highlanders* 14, Sharks 11, Waratahs*/Rebels*/Bulls* 10,
Crusaders*/Cheetahs 9, Force 6, Lions/Reds 5, Blues 4.

And then the cricket. With the top ranking in Pool A already in the bag,
the Black Caps didn't have much reason to 'turn up' for the game against
Bangladesh, although there is something to be said for consistency and
momentum. Bangladesh scored 288 with a 128 not out to Mahmudullah. In their
first seven overs they scored 8 runs - total. In the next seven overs they
upped it a bit to 62. McCullum went early in the chase as did Kane
Williamson leaving Taylor to score a pedestrian 56 off 97, but Martin
Guptill's welcome return to form saw him reach 105 off 100 balls. Elliot &
Anderson pitched in with 39 each off 34 & 26 balls respectively but they
came and went as did Luke Ronchi leaving the bowlers Dan the man Vettori
and Tim Southee (?!) to finish off - which they did in style, Tim hitting a
six and a four to finish the game for a three wicket win with seven balls
left.
Other games continued as expected, England were knocked out by losing to
Bangladesh, but beat UAE to end their tournament. India in Pool B is the
only other team to finish the rounds without a loss, but NZ's Net Run Rate
is stella. NZ sit's on 2.564 with only Australia nearby on 2.257 and next
in Pool A is Sri Lanka on 0.371. In Pool B India is on 1.827 with South
Africa on 1.707 - the only teams in positive.

The Wellington Phoenix jumped to the top of the A-League ladder after Roy
Krishna scored twice in a 2-1 win over Perth Glory.
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*NZ News*
The news rolls on this week! NZ has been hit with a milk powder scandal.
Three or four months ago someone said that if NZ didn't stop using 1080 to
control possums, they would put 1080 into infant formula. How low is that!
So the police have been quietly working away arranging things & trying to
track down the source, and this week the story finally broke. Everyone
seemed prepared and it seemed like every shop in the country at the same
time put up notices or guard on their infant formula. Over the past few
months the government has been testing & developing new tests, so that
every batch of infant formula is known to be ok, and the guards at the
shops are ensuring nothing is tampered with at the stores.

Despite not know the full story on things, Labour leader Andrew Little has
never been shy about complaining about the way things are handled in
regards to New Zealand's 'spy' agency the GCSB. However this week saw a
huge backtrack for him when he had to admit that after the Intelligence and
Security Committee (on which he sits) met this week and he said "From the
public session I take a greater level of assurance than I had perhaps a
week ago". It would be quite funny after all these months of abuse from him
about the GCSB - if he wasn't the leader of the opposition with some
influence - that makes it reckless. Maybe other politicians can learn a
lesson (yeah right?) that what they don't know can hurt them.
Andrew Little also had to back down over the Northland byelection.
Originally he said they would be pushing their own candidate, but when
Winston Peters announced his intention to run and try to disrupt the
government, Little said if Labour voters wanted to "send a message" to the
government, they should "think carefully about how they exercise their
vote". Of course for the second time in a week he lost the high road but is
claiming there is no comparison with National's deal with ACT in Epsom.
Yeah right.

The Mark Lundy retrial continues with the he said/she said. This week we
heard counter claims against the supposed brain matter found on Mark
Lundy's shirt, apparently the instructions were not followed by scientists.
More to come I'm sure.
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*The Numbers Game*
0: things to talk about here!
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*Finance NZ Dollar*
GBP 0.4969 (0.0063)
EUR 0.6981 (0.0188)
USD 0.7330 (-0.0117)
AUD 0.9600 (0.0024)
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*The Weekender NZer of the week*
George Nepia
design of the fullback
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Nepia
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*Joke of the Weekender*
I can't stand cheap people. It makes me real mad when someone says
something like, "Hey, when are you going to pay me that $100 you owe me?"
or "Do you have that $50 you borrowed?"
Man, quit being so cheap!
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The Weekender 08/03/2015

Welcome along to the home of the NZ Breakers!
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*Sport*
The NZ Breakers have been the best sports news story of the week. They
quickly wrapped up their semi with another win over Adelaide, and then it
was on to the final series against the Cairns Taipans. The first game was
in Cairns but the Breakers showed their intent with a 71-86 win. The second
game is in Auckland today. [Update] And because I'm late in sending the
Weekender, the game is over and the Breakers won the game and title 83-81
in a thriller to win their fourth title in five years and become the second
most successful ABNL club. Tom Abercrombie finished with 19, Cedric Jackson
15 and Ibekwe 14.

The Auckland Warriors kicked off their NRL season looking good at 6-14
against the Newcastle Knights at half time, but then let in 18 unanswered
points to lose 24-14.

In Super Rugby the Blues had a shocker with an supposedly easy game against
the Lions. They had their chances but hashed it to lose 10-13 - as the
calls to replace coach John Kirwan get louder. And the Chiefs had a last
minute 17-20 loss to the Highlanders.

The cricket world cup continues with some good games but this afternoon the
Black Caps have beaten Afghanistan by six wickets with 83 ball remaining
after Afghanistan was bowled out for 186. Dan Vettori picked up his 300th
ODI wicket getting 4 for 18 in his 10 overs, with Martin Guptill was the
only batsman to get over 50 with 57 but Brendon McCullum kicked things off
with 42 off 19.

Lydia Ko won the New Zealand Women's Open last weekend for her second
straight victory. The Women's World Number One had a four stroke victory.

The Wellington Phoenix had another good 2-0 win over Adelaide United last
night, giving the club a good chance at making the finals by going to the
top of the A-League ladder.
Winston Reid has signed a new deal with English football club West Ham
after months of talk around him leaving. The deal goes through until 2021.

Joseph Parker continued his good boxing run with a fourth round TKO over
Jason Pettaway in Manukau this weekend.
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*NZ News*
After another round of the MP's remuneration authority announcing a large
(3.5%) pay rise for MP's and the Prime Minister yet again saying he doesn't
control the independent authority, John Key has announced an overhaul of
the Act. The organisation was comparing MP's wages with those of CEO's and
so increases were bigger than the average person would expect, so it looks
like now it will be tied to inflation.

There have been a number of tourist who have had their car keys taken off
them recently for dangerous driving. It's come from a number of publicised
accidents caused by tourists and the locals are annoyed enough to do
something about it. I would be fairly certain though, that although there
are accidents, and they are tragic, that percentage-wise, tourists have
fewer accidents. But after the first case a month or two ago there have
been five cases of locals removing keys and in most cases the rental car
companies cancelling their contract.

After 21 years in jail, Teina Pora has had his conviction quashed by the
Privy Council for the 1992 rape and murder of Susan Burdett. He confessed
at the time, but was found to have fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and
would have had a very low IQ, and now is believed to have made a false
confession. The brother of Susan Burdett has believed in Teina Pora's
innocence for years and now hopes for justice for his sister.
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*The Numbers Game*
3: rd best quality of living city ranking for Auckland - for the third time
in a row
5: th ranking for the Black Caps (up one spot) after the win over Australia
10: Queensland fruit flies have now been caught in central Auckland
according to MPI (Ministry for Primary Industries)
14: NZ soldiers who were awarded the Victoria Cross during World War 1,
have been commemorated by the UK government
16: % increase in PC sales in New Zealand for 2014, bucking the worldwide
PC sales trend - research company forecasts say that entry-level laptops
and Chromebooks will lead the way
75: % reduction in airborne particles in Auckland over the last 50 years
134: windows smashed at a school in Taupo over the weekend
13m: passenger trips on Auckland railways in the last year - 10 times
higher than before the Britomart Station was opened (10 years ago)
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*Finance NZ Dollar*
GBP 0.4906 (0.0013)
EUR 0.6793 (0.0059)
USD 0.7447 (-0.0102)
AUD 0.9576 (-0.0090)
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*The Weekender NZer of the week*
Joseph Nathan
design of export
http://www.nzedge.com/joseph-nathan/
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*Joke of the Weekender*
The crows seemed to be calling his name, thought Caw.
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The Weekender 01/03/2015

Welcome along as we hit March already. The days are still hot, but the
night times & evenings are getting a bit cooler, and there is the
occasional day with a bit of rain - probably not nearly enough for the
farmers needs but the grass doesn't look so brown at least.
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*Sport*
The Cricket World Cup has continued this week with records falling left
right & centre. The Black Caps have had the week off as they prepare for
the big game against Australia today (Saturday - I'll update later with the
results!). Out of form West Indian Chris Gayle was almost out first ball
against Zimbabwe but he survived to embark on record 215 run innings, and
an all time limited overs partnership of 372 as they went on to win by 73
runs. Unfortunately for Gayle the records were going against him in the
next game where South Africa reached 408 including 30 off the last over as
AB de Villiers reached 162 off 102 balls. Gayle was out for three and the
West Indies wilted for 151 and a 257 run win for South Africa. It's not
just the big cricketing nations having fun here, with Afghanistan taking
it's first World Cup win, as they beat Scotland by one wicket with three
balls remaining, after Scotland had reached 210.
Wow, what a game. Everyone was picking a high scoring game on the small
Eden Park between the Black Caps and Australia. But it wasn't. Australia
won the toss and batted first (even though the last six games at Eden Park
have been chased down). NZ took regular wickets, two at 80, then at 95, 96
& 97, 104 & two more at 106 for 9 wickets down. That would have been a nice
score to chase down but Australia put on a few more for the last wicket to
be all out for 151.
Surely NZ could chase down 151, but then this was Australia - never a team
to give up. Captain McCullum started like he always does smacking three
sixes and seven fours for his 24 ball 50 before getting out - perhaps due
in part to a pace ball taken on his arm (but he's ok for the next game
apparently). Guptill was out first for 11 bringing in Kane Williamson who
watched NZ's steady decline from the centre. Taylor 1, Elliott 0, Anderson
stuck around for 26, but Ronchi 6, Vettori 2, Milne 0, Southee 0 leaving
Trent Boult to face two balls from the red hot Starc who finished with
6-28. He survived two balls and Kane Williamson decided to put the Aussies
out of their hopeful misery with a six to end the game. Player of the match
was Trent Boult who got 5 for 27.

On to Super rugby. The Blues don't look like they are going to turn around
their recent fortunes any time soon, with a 25-24 loss to the Cheetahs.
They were leading by two points with three minutes to go. The Blues were
pinged with a line-out maul technicality penalty, handing an easy kick to
the Cheetahs, and the the ref failed to give a penalty for a head high
tackle against the Cheetahs in the dying minutes of the game, in Jerome
Kaino's 100th match.
The Hurricanes might be the real deal this season with their third away win
as they beat the Western Force 42-13, to go three from three, and the
Highlanders bounced back with a messy 20-13 win over the Reds. Last night
was the big game, the Chiefs vs the Crusaders with most of these games
being a penalty kick difference it was expected to be tight, but the Chiefs
ran away with it winning 40-16 and the most points the Chiefs have ever put
past the Crusaders. The Brumbies beat the Rebels 20-15.
The Hurricanes and Chiefs are at the top of the table with 13 points from 3
games (with the Cheetahs are on 9 points from 2 games).

The Breakers finished the regular season in second place after losing three
of their last four games, but started the play-offs with their best game of
the season as they thrashed the red hot favourites Adelaide 111-82. Corey
Webster led with 24 with Cedric Jackson adding 13 and Mika Vukona 12. That
was the first of three games to see who goes into the finals. The second
game was last night and the Breakers won 83-94 to jump straight into the
final.

The Team New Zealand fiasco continued this week with Dean Barker officially
no longer the skipper, and feeling gutted at how it all came about. He
re-signed to skipper so feels like he is now out of the team, and with the
way it has all happened he is unlikely to continue. It's just been a huge
mess, and for Dean who has given so much for New Zealand it's just not
cricket - well to be fair to sports other than cricket, the last Black Caps
skipper change was also a fiasco and it did turn out alright, so lets hope
we can keep Dean's experience. The Black Caps seem to be doing better than
ever with two former skippers in the squad.

The Wellington Phoenix haven't been doing quite so well recently, but the
rescued a 2-2 draw with a stoppage time goal to Jason Hicks against the
Newcastle Jets.

Lydia Ko is cementing her World No 1 with a win at the Women's Australian
Open by two strokes in her second start as No 1. She is in the middle of
the NZ Women's Open now, and has smashed the course record shooting an
11-under 61.
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*NZ News*
So Prime Minister John Key this week announced that we are sending some NZ
Defence force staff to Iraq for training. There are 106 staff going
including 16 trainers. In general the public opinion polls vary over what
the response should be but the polls pretty clearly favour the decision.
Except in parliament, where every political party except for National must
be thinking that it's time to get their names in the paper and have opposed
the entirely logical opposition of ISIS. John Key got very very animated in
one debate at the opposition's, well opposition.

Former Labour leader David Cunliffe was stopped by police this week after
someone reported erratic driving. He said he was using his phone
"hands-free" while holding it with his hand, saying he "didn't realise it
was an offence". And this in the same week he attacked National because it
was given $25,000 by dodgy businessman Donghua Lui. The donation was given
to National MP Jami-Lee Ross at a dinner that John Key was at. The donation
was returned soon after the election.

Dame Thea Muldoon passed away this week aged 87. She was the wife of former
Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon.

The election spending is in and National topped the list with $2.56m,
followed by the Conservative Party on $1.9m, and the Greens on $1.29m with
Labour fourth on $1.27m. Internet, Mana and Internet-Mana combined for
around $1m, NZ First $268,530, Maori $202,562 and United Future $1,995
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*The Numbers Game*
7: Queensland fruit flies have now been found in traps around Auckland as
they try to contain the outbreak
50: c minimum wage increase from April
2,888: net population loss to Australia in the year to January - down from
17,100 to January 2014 and 37,900 to January 2013
53,797: net population gain in the year to January
2m: $ bonus turned down by Hamiltonian Ross McEwan as chief executive of
the Royal Bank of Scotland - he didn't want it to be a distraction
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*Finance NZ Dollar*
GBP 0.4893 (0.0014)
EUR 0.6734 (0.0129)
USD 0.7549 (0.0031)
AUD 0.9666 (0.0083)
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*The Weekender NZer of the week*
Sir Stephen Tindall
Philanthropist and businessman Sir Stephen Tindall has been named Kiwibank
New Zealander of the Year 2015
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11408173&r...
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*Joke of the Weekender*
Children need encouragement. If a kid gets an answer right, tell him it
was a lucky guess. That way he develops a good, lucky feeling.
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