July 2015

The Weekender 26/07/2015

Hello how are you. The days are getting noticeably longer down here, but we
had some good ice in the mornings this week.
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*Sport*
I will be watching it this afternoon but the All Black have beaten South
Africa at home 20-27 in the Rugby Championship this morning. Richie McCaw
got a try near the end and Lima Sopoaga kicked a penalty to seal the win.
The All Blacks certainly benefited from adding the Highlanders players with
Sopoaga having a great game, Ben Smith scoring a try and Aaron Smith no
doubt always in the right place throwing those bullet passes of his.
In other rugby, the Melbourne Rebels have signed former All Black Adam
Thompson and former Chiefs lock Culum Retallick. And in Ireland Joe Schmidt
has signed up for another two years to continue as their coach where he has
led the team to two Six Nations titles.

Last weekend the Warriors had an embarrassing 24-0 beating by the Roosters
and things only got worse this weekend - much worse. It wasn't so much the
12-32 loss to Manly, but it looks like playmaker Shaun Johnson has had a
season ending ankle injury.

Lydia Ko has been back in the pack recently but last weekend looked to have
put that behind her finishing third at the Marathon Classic in Ohio.
Lydia wasn't the only kiwi making news in golf this week with Ryan Fox
making moves in the British Open before fading to a share of 49th in his
debut. Fox is the son of All Black great Grant Fox who was on hand to watch
his progress.

In football Bill Tuiloma has signed up for a new three-year deal with
Olympique Marseille to continue this development with the club where he has
been since 2013 on a youth contract.

Team New Zealand is looking good after a third and first on the first day
of the first regatta of the season.
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*NZ News*
According to a One News Colmar Brunton poll the recent race-card stunt by
Labour hasn't helped them in the polls much with Labour up 1 to 32%, and
National down 1 to 47% while the Green Party was up 3 to 13% and New
Zealand First was steady on 7% In a 3News-Reid Research poll the
Conservatives were on their lowest level of 0.7%. Support for John Key as
Prime Minister dropped to 40%, but it's a long way back to Labour leader
Andrew Little on 8%.
Andrew Little has also continued making a hash of the worker trial periods,
now saying that Labour will come up with their own version of it.

A former rescue dog has been trained as a specialist kauri dieback sniffer
dog!
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*The Numbers Game*
4: sinkholes have appeared in Westport, but mining isn't to blame, it was
due to an aging 180m earthenware sewer main
7: # ranked country in the world by reputation (up one on last year)
according to the Reputation Institute
10: years as IRB World Number One rugby team for the All Blacks - but it
means little for tonight's clash with #2 the Springboks!
150: year celebrations for Wellington last night
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*Finance NZ Dollar*
GBP 0.42460 (0.0065)
EUR 0.6002 (-0.0003)
USD 0.6584 (0.0054)
AUD 0.9018 (0.0190)
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*The Weekender NZer of the week*
Joseph Sinel
design of design
http://www.nzedge.com/joseph-sinel/
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*Joke of the Weekender*
I wish there was a disease where you're afraid of clouds, because I think I
could cure it. First, you sit the patient down and have a long, personal
talk. After that, I'm not sure, but maybe you could throw water in his
face or something.
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The Weekender 11/07/2015

Wow, what an amazing day yesterday and today, blue skies all day but a
freezing cold start. Minus 4 both nights and around 3mm thick ice on a
container of water. Ok so we don't really know what cold is, but it will be
the same tonight.
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*Sport*
The game of the week - here and in Samoa - was the one off test between
Manu Samoa and the All Blacks. Players from the Super rugby final weren't
there, but that left the Canterbury players and a surprising number from
the Blues. If the Super rugby final gave me huge hope for the All Blacks
this season, this game tempered that somewhat. The All Blacks won 25-16 but
it was the closest - by far - of the six games the All Blacks have played
against Samoa. It is crazy that we've only played them six times, but
hopefully other countries start touring there as well, and how good would
an "Island Tour" be, maybe on years when we don't tour the Northern
Hemisphere.
Samoa's technical coach and Chiefs assistant coach, Andrew Strawbridge, was
admitted to hospital in Samoa with an eye infection. He rapidly went
downhill and became critical. He has now been flown back to Hamilton to be
treated at Waikato Hospital and is still in critical condition.
Samoa definitely put on a great show for the All Blacks and were very
welcoming. Before he left the country, All Black coach Steve Hansen was
named honorary chief of a village.

The New Zealand Maori were behind 26-10 at halftime against Fiji yesterday,
before putting on 17 unanswered points in the second half to win 26-27,
including a 71st minute try to Highlander hero Elliott Dixon.

Hayden Paddon had another great finish in the Rally of Poland finishing in
fourth for his Hyundai team.

Kiwi Danny Lee has won his first PGA Tour competition with second hole par
in a four way playoff at The Greenbrier Classic last weekend. The win was
worth $1.2m.

Kiwi Davis Cup player Michael Venus made it through to the third round in
doubles at Wimbledon before being beaten by the top ranked Bryan Brothers.

Former Team New Zealand team-mates Jeremy Lomas and Derek Saward who left
last month, have joined Dean Barker at the new Japanese syndicate.

Jack Bauer was forced to withdraw from the Tour de France on stage five
after he was involved in a crash - just like last year!
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*NZ News*
Jerry Collins' daughter Ayla is now well enough to leave hospital in
France. She has slowly been making progress since the car accident last
month, which killed her parents. At some point the news came out that they
had just missed their exit on the motorway.

A woman was rescued from Mt Te Aroha last weekend after contacting her
family from on the mountain via Facebook. The family told the Police who
tracked her phone. The police said "ensure that the emergency services are
the first people you contact...".

Murderer and sex offender Phillip Smith's lawyer has argued that he was
unlawfully returned to New Zealand from Brazil where he ran to after
escaping jail in New Zealand. It's almost hilarious. He said Smith's rights
to a presumption of innocence had been breached. Really? You've been
convicted and sentenced and then escaped and run away, but we should
presume you innocent? Surely a Tui ad in the making.

This week the government announced plans to strengthen tenancy laws, to
include requirements for smoke alarms and insulation.
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*The Numbers Game*
4.8: on the richter scale for a quake which hit the central South Island on
Monday
4.9: quake hit near Invercargill overnight
10: crashes overnight in the Waikato after a cold wet snap during the week,
Wellington and Rotorua got some snow
11: % reduction on emissions level from 1990 is the target for 2030, it
must be about right because the Green side of the political spectrum is
complaining
17: years jail for the man who stabbed two men to death at an Auckland pawn
shop, he was on meth at the time
435,000: $ of fraud by an Auckland doctor from the Ministry of Health,
after getting funding from patients from Australia and England
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*Finance NZ Dollar*
GBP 0.4360 (0.0066)
EUR 0.6056 (0.0017)
USD 0.6736 (0.0035)
AUD 0.9034 (0.0173)
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*The Weekender NZer of the week*
Bert Sutcliffe
design of the stroke (cricket, that is)
http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/38413.html
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*Joke of the Weekender*
What am I afraid of? I'll tell you: a feather. That's right, a feather.
How could anyone be afraid of a feather, you say. That's an honest
question, and I'll try to give an honest answer. First of all, did I say
it was a poison feather?
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The Weekender 19/07/2015

Hello, I hope you've had a great week, and hope it's warmer for you than
Queensland where they had some snow this week! ;-)
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*Sport*
The Rugby Championship kicked off this weekend with the All Blacks beating
Argentina on Friday night 39-18 in Richie McCaw and Dan Carter's last game
in Christchurch. Richie got a try and Dan kicked 14 points in the win,
while the All Blacks played much better than against Samoa, although lost
momentum for a few minutes during the second half where Argentina scored
twice with push-over tries. It was New Zealand's only home test this year.
The only downside was that awesome Highlanders winger Waisake Naholo limped
off in his debut for the All Blacks and was found to have a broken leg so
is out of the World Cup.
Andrew Strawbridge, the Chiefs assistant coach is now in stable condition
at Waikato Hospital.
In other games Fiji beat Tonga 30-22, and the New Zealand Barbarians beat
the Maori All Blacks 34-17 for the first loss for the Maoris since 2003 at
Eden Park (albeit against easy opposition). Oh no, Australia have as good
as won the Rugby World Cup - if you listen to their commentators no doubt.
I read through the commentator comments when they were losing 10-20 last
night and it sounded like they were the best team in the world playing
their best game ever. I can't imagine how one sided the commentators were
when they actually scored after the full-time siren to win 24-20.

Last weekend the Warriors had a great 28-14 win over the Melbourne Storm
and it included one of the best tries ever. Nathan Friend was upended, but
he passed the ball between his legs as he was falling and the ball was
passed out wide for a try. Again Shaun Johnson was in great form for the
Warriors.

Nick Willis has broken his New Zealand record for the 1500m with a 3m
29.66s, at the Monaco Diamond League event.

Danny Lee has had a good week winning $2.2m in prize money and his maiden
PGA tour title. He won the Greenbrier Classic last weekend, and then tied
for third at the John Deere Classic.

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke had a great comeback win in the 49er European
Championship. The Australian crew lodged a protest knocking the kiwis back
into third place before the final day, but Peter & Blair had a great final
day to win by 24 points and extend their unbroken run to 18 wins.

In rowing, New Zealand had a remarkable campaign in the latest World Cup
where they won 11 medals - five gold, three silver and one bronze in
Olympic classes and another gold and bronze, including the men's and
women's eights.

The Oly Whites (the Olympic football team) has failed to make the Olympics
on a technicality when the Oceania Football Confederation announced New
Zealand would forfeit their match against Vanuatu, for fielding an
ineligible player. New Zealand fielded Declan Wynne a 20 year old from
South Africa who moved here when he was young, while the FIFA regulations
state you must have lived in a country for five years after the age of 18.
The result kicked NZ out of the final, with the winner heading to the
Olympics.
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*NZ News*
The week has been a weird one in politics. Labour came out as blatantly
racist when they released a story claiming that the cause of the high
Auckland house prices, was Chinese buyers. They also got a bump in the
polls - but the pollsters were unsure how their 'housing statement'
affected the poll. And then they kind of agreed that National had got some
employment legislation right with the 90 day trial period for employers,
when they said they would now keep it - but they did say they would change
it to make it fairer for employees. What a weird week.
Anyway, for the 'housing statement' they got hold of sales records from a
major Auckland real estate company (illegally from an employee who has now
been fired), and then added up all the people who had names that "sounded
Chinese". They didn't try to figure out if those people lived here, or were
New Zealand citizens, or whether they were descendants from people who
moved here in the 1800's.
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*The Numbers Game*
4: backflips for a world first on BMX's for kiwi Jed Mildon
5.4: % fewer beneficiaries in Auckland now compared to a year ago, but
Welfare rolls have increased in the June quarter for the first time since
2010
20: venomous spiders found on grapes from Mexico recently
27: humpback whales spotted in a single day - a new record - during an
annual four week DoC survey, they also saw a rare white humpback whale
22,500: assaults on police over the last 10 years, that's more than 40
times a week
1.2m: km on the one-owner 1993 Toyota Hilux to be sold by Turners tomorrow
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*Finance NZ Dollar*
GBP 0.4181 (-0.0179)
EUR 0.6005 (-0.0051)
USD 0.6530 (-0.0206)
AUD 0.88280 (-0.0206)
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*The Weekender NZer of the week*
Ronald Syme
design of history
http://www.princeton.edu/~achaney/tmve/wiki100k/docs/Ronald_Syme.html
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*Joke of the Weekender*
I bet a funny thing about driving a car off a cliff is, while you're in
midair, you still hit those brakes. Hey, better try the emergency brake.
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The Weekender 04/07/2015

You turn your back for a minute and look, it's July already.
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*Sport*
Wow what a final that was. The no-names vs the big-names. The Hurricanes
with all their stars who had led the Super Rugby table since the start, and
the underdog Highlanders who were somehow beating everyone even though no
one knew anyone in their team outside of the Smiths (Ben & Aaron). However
it wasn't to be the Hurricanes night with the Highlanders never losing the
lead to win 21-14. And how good was Elliott Dixon's try? He carried four
defenders over the line to score. Waisake Naholo also scored to finish the
season top try scorer while both Ben & Aaron had great games. Things are
looking good for the All Blacks! And so the Highlanders were crowned Super
Rugby Champions for the first time. On the flip side, departing Hurricanes
Captain Conrad Smith was gutted, and the Hurricanes are the only NZ team
not to have won Super Rugby. Hurricanes will rue two things. Firstly
Beauden Barrett missing a couple of kicks, and secondly Ardie Savea not
being able to start. Things did got the Highlanders way, but they did make
a lot of their own luck.
In all the Super Rugby titles going back to 1996, New Zealand teams have
won 13, Australian teams 4 and South Africa's Bulls have won 3 times.

The Black Sticks had a heart breaking loss in the FIH World League
semifinal. They finished regular time 1-1 against Korea and then lost the
shootout 4-2.

Lydia Ko lept up the leaderboard in Arkansas, hitting a 63 to jump from
40th to a share of sixth.

Brendon McCullum hit a 158 off 64 balls for Warwickshire against Derbyshire
for the highest score record in T20 Blast (a competition over in England).
Why can't he do that for NZ anymore?

Valerie Adams has finally been beaten on her return to the Diamond League
after her best throw was 18.79m in the Stade de France.
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*NZ News*
The chair of the new Ngapuhi treaty settlement has been forced to stand
down after he was caught carrying protected kereru from the South Island to
Northland.

Winston Peters had the gall this week to claim National had "fallen far
short" of their byelection promises to Northland so far. I mean really, are
we sure poor old Winston isn't going senile? I assume this comes
deliberately, a short time after someone pointed out he hasn't followed up
on any of his promises, but I think the overriding important point is that
National didn't win that byelection, Winston did. Last time I checked, only
the winners need to follow up on their election promises.
New Zealand First also had an uncomfortable week when they finally had to
announce (i.e. agree with what the media had been reporting for days), that
MP Ron Mark had a coup of sorts and won a second round vote to become
deputy.

The Family First lobby group has gone to the High Court and won their case
to have their charity status deregistration overturned. It means they can
speak about political issues without any worries. It's weird that Family
First had to worry about this, but a political group like Greenpeace didn't.
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*The Numbers Game*
5: % population growth for Tauranga, as people move toward the sun,
Whakatane the sunshine capital of NZ (for last year) was second in small
town growth
11: international flights into Queenstown yesterday, a record as tourism
booms for the ski season - bring in around 400,000 people per year
18: Sudden Infant Deaths in NZ, in 2012, down from 56 in 2007
30: years since the Rainbow Warrior bombing
194: ml of rain for one Dunedin suburb for last month - 335% of normal,
Wanganui had 237ml, the fourth highest on record
1b: $ AUD was generated by the Cricket World Cup for the economies of
Australia and New Zealand according to an economic impact study, total
attendance was just over one million people
4.2b: $ for Auckland transport as they receive 30% of the national land
transport budget over the next three years
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*Finance NZ Dollar*
GBP 0.4294 (-0.0068)
EUR 0.6039 (-0.0099)
USD 0.6701 (-0.0165)
AUD 0.8861 (-0.0066)
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*The Weekender NZer of the week*
Kate Sheppard
design of suffrage
http://www.nzedge.com/kate-sheppard/
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*Joke of the Weekender*
I'm not afraid of insects taking over the world, and you know why? It would
take about a billion ants just to aim a gun at me, let alone fire it. And
you know what I'm doing while they're aiming it at me? I just sort of slip
off to the side, and then suddenly run up and kick the gun out of their
hands.
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