November 2018

The Weekender 24/11/2018

Hello, we've had some great weather this week, but down South has been almost winter-like and rain finally hit us today. 


Sport

So last weekend Ireland beat the All Blacks 16-9 after the All Blacks were held try-less for the first time in more than four years. That certainly makes things interesting for next year's World Cup, who knows what will happen - the top four teams are certainly all pretty close.
It wasn't just the men, with the Black Ferns having a surprise loss to France 30-27.

The Black Caps were all but written off before the final day of their first Test cricket match of the season. Pakistan needed just 176 from their second innings and needed 41 runs with six wickets in hand. But then NZ debutant Ajaz Patel stepped up and got five wickets for 59, with Pakistan bowled out for 171, for the closest test result in 13 years.
The White Ferns finished their dead-rubber Twenty20 cricket world cup match against Guyana with an eight-wicket win.

Hayden Paddon has had his best result of the season claiming a second in Rally Australia last weekend.

The NZ Breakers haven't had a great week. Last weekend they were well beaten 100-87 by the Sydney Kings, then they were beaten 108-101 by Melbourne United in Invercargill. The coach Kevin Braswell was fined $500 for comments about a lop-sided penalty count against the Breakers. And then the Breakers lost 98-93 to the Perth Wildcats in overtime and Braswell again made comments when his team had a 35-18 foul count against them and Perth made 43 trips to the free throw line.

The Football Ferns have beaten Tonga 11-0 at the OFC Women's Nations Cup in New Caledonia. They then beat Cook Islands 6-0 to secure a semi-final.


NZ News

Auckland Transport has been caught out with their business case for cycle-ways. A week ago there were reports that the forecasts for the cycleways were well over the numbers using them. But AT's reply was that the estimates were for 2026. Well, this week they have admitted that the numbers were actually for 2016. It seems they purposely overestimated the numbers, so they could get more funding from the government. Dodgy as.

NZers are now more concerned about housing, petrol prices and living costs than they are about healthcare or poverty.

There have been more questions about the government's KiwiBuild this week after it came to light that Labour under-costed the plan by $18 billion. The cost was estimated at $2 billion, but a PwC report claimed the $2 billion would only build 1,000 homes a year, not the planned 10,000.

The road deaths aren't slowing down with four motorcyclists killed in three separate accidents last weekend, and six people died from eight major crashes. There were two more in a crash near Foxton and some in the South Island building to twelve people in five days. 


The Numbers Game

2: cars have been driven into Rotorua's Blue Lake this week
30: $ more per week on average for renting compared to last year, National is blaming Government policies
30: % increase in house prices in Hamilton with the latest property valuations out
4,000: $ raised by selling Sam Cane's All Black jersey, raising funds for cancer treatment for a Napier woman
16,000: customers in Taupo without power
41,700: students have signed up for fees-free study, costing the Government $236m but total numbers of students have dropped
10m: $ committed by Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters to prevent the spread of polio in PNG
20m: $ promised by the Government for a new health centre in Westport


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5292 (-0.0066)
EUR 0.5982 (-0.0041)
USD 0.6785 (-0.0094)
AUD 0.9375 (-0.0008)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Russell Coutts
design of match-racing
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russell_Coutts


Joke of the Weekender

My friend and I often laugh about how competitive we are. But I laugh more.

 

Darren Harrison: darren@harrison.gen.nz
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The Weekender 17/11/2018

Welcome along, we have had an amazing blue sky week, but it looks like next weekend will be a bit colder.


Sport

Last weekend the All Blacks beat England by one point in a controversial ending - well if you didn't actually read the rules and look at where the offside happened. England shot out to a 15-0 lead in 25 minutes and it wasn't looking good in wet conditions. But the All Blacks hit back twice before halftime, held England scoreless from the 25-minute mark and won with a penalty and Beauden Barrett's first international drop goal. Damian McKenzie did some amazing footwork, and Brad Shields was everywhere. Oh wait that's right, the New Zealand born Wellington captain, raised and trained in NZ was playing for England.
This weekend the big match is tomorrow morning at 8 am against world number two Ireland.
The Maori All Blacks had a very tough game before running away with a 3-35 win over Brazil. Ireland beat Argentina 28-17 and Wales beat Australia 9-6. Scotland beat Fiji 54-17
In national rugby, Tana Umaga has stood down as head coach of the Blues, opting to focus on his passion of defence coaching (for the Blues). He is being replaced by Leon MacDonald. Niko Jones, son of Michael Jones has been signed by Auckland and New Zealand Rugby for the All Black Sevens.
New Zealand has won the right to host the 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup. It was close and Rugby Australia thought they would win but the passion from the New Zealand contingent won the day.

The Kiwi finally stood up to England last weekend and thrashed them 34-0 in the final league test. So I think that means we win the series with combines scores of Kiwis 64 England 38.

The NZ Breakers beat Brisbane 85-84 after Tom Abercrombie sunk a buzzer-beater. But last night were beaten 108-101 by Melbourne United in Invercargill.

The final ODI against Pakistan was rained out (in the desert!) but Ross Taylor did enough to rise in the ICC rankings to a career-high of third.
The White Ferns haven't been doing too well in the women's Twenty20 World Cup, but have beaten Pakistan. They scored 144 for six and then Pakistan was bowled out for 90.
Brendon McCullum and Corey Anderson have both been dropped by their Indian Premier League teams.

New Zealand won its first game at the under-17 women's football World Cup in Uruguay. It was a 1-0 over Finland. The second match saw NZ upset Uruguay 2-1 to qualify for the knockout stage for the first time.

Danny Lee has finished second in the PGA in Mexico.

The Auckland baseball team, the Tuatara's had their first match in the Australian Baseball League, falling 8-4 to Perth.

The Black Sticks men have beaten Malaysia 2-1 in the opening match of their three-match series.


NZ News

This week has been a week of teacher strikes starting in Auckland on Monday and working down the country, returning to Wellington today. And the news today is that the Primary school teachers will join with Secondary school teachers in striking if they don't get what they want.
But the week started with what I'm sure is the government on full attack. The Education Minister Chris Hipkins made a press release accusing the teachers of increasing their demands each time the government made a concession and giving the news the throwaway line that most Kiwis would appreciate a $9,500 pay hike. There was also a story just before the strikes which I'm sure either came from the government or at least from Labour sympathisers and designed to limit any strike support that claimed the teachers were going on strike simply because the government's offer came too late and they had already arranged meeting locations. Teachers are professionals but certainly aren't being treated like it.

The Health Minister David Clark this week scrapped plans that National had started on to create a third medical school at Waikato University, focused on training rural doctors. The Health Minister claimed that the Government had other ideas on how to attract more doctors to the regions - but of course, they haven't told anyone their brilliant ideas.

Very soon after the Government banned letting fees, it seems that property managers have adapted with tenancy fees and admin fees to replace them. The government may struggle to legislate against capitalism, but no doubt they will continue to try.

Waikato Councils will decide on whether to fund a passenger rail service between Hamilton and Auckland. The startup cost is expected to be $57.77m, which by my estimate would be about $500,000 per passenger trip (based on last time they tried this).

The government announced this week that they would re-enter Pike River, but they've only promised to go to 2 km where the rock fall was. The fact that people walked out indicates that they won't actually find anything as it's pretty well known that those that died were well beyond the 2 km rock fall. So it seems that it may be like most of the government's fact-finding missions - expensive and not able to tell us anything new in the end.

The opposition is claiming that the government's Kiwi Build is "on life support" after information came out that while the government has signed contracts with builders for 3,375 house, there are only 388 pre-qualified KiwiBuild applicants.


The Numbers Game

1: # most popular book for the last decade is Hairy Maclary
11: times a Christchurch man voted at the last elections - he claimed he didn't know you couldn't vote more than once
61: meetings by Shane Jones weren't disclosed and 20 corrections in extraordinary "clerical mismatches"
190: kg of cocaine found by Police in a record drug bust
14,000: ACC injury claims for boxing in three years
160,000: $ worth of seedlings (1,000,000) for the Government's 1 billion trees, were mulched after the land they were bought for was unsuitable
1.6b: $ government science program had a review and the government is refusing to release is, scientists are questioning why they are so secretive


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5357 (+0.0163)
EUR 0.6023 (+0.0078)
USD 0.6879 (+0.0140)
AUD 0.9383 (+0.0061)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Michael Corballis
design of the mind
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Corballis


Joke of the Weekender

The four most beautiful words in our common language: 
I told you so.

 

Darren Harrison: darren@harrison.gen.nz
The Weekender: mailed weekly (Sunday nightish)
Website: www.dunwich.co.nz/weekender/
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The Weekender 10/11/2018

We've had some good weather up here but down on the West Coast it's been much worse with roads closed and one woman swept to her death in a flooded river. In general, through NZ, we've had high humidity, lots of rain and high temperatures. 


Sport

The All Blacks had a number of players head straight to England to acclimatise, but the players they left behind in Japan still beat Japan 69-31. It was good to see a good performance from Richie Mo'unga and a return of Dane Coles, while George Bridge scored with his first touch of the ball.
The big game against England is overnight tonight.
The Black Ferns crushed USA 67-6 in Chicago last weekend and had a scrappy 14-0 win over France.

England took heart from two wins in league and rugby last weekend but both were close games with dodgy ref calls. In rugby, England beat South Africa 12-11 after the ref ignored a no-arms illegal tackle from Owen Farrell which would have given South Africa a kickable penalty. In the league against the Kiwis, England wrapped up the series with a 20-14 win, while England's George Burgess clearly and purposely did an eye-gouge on Kiwis captain Dallin Watene-Zelezniak. The ref should have given out a red card, which would have changed the game. The ref and the video ref both checked it and negligently ignored it - proven after Burgess was later given a four-match ban.

The NZ Breakers have beaten the Cairns Taipans 104-81 in Auckland last night, but have two games this weekend so need a quick turnaround.

The Wellington Phoenix were beaten 2-0 by Melbourne City last night.

The White Ferns were beaten by India in their opener for the Twenty20 World Cup by 34 runs. 
The Black Caps won their first ODI against Pakistan by 47 runs. The Black Caps wobbled early but were steadied by a 130-run fourth wicket partnership between Ross Taylor and Tom Latham to reach 266-9. But Pakistan never recovered from a Trent Boult hat-trick in his second over.
And then Pakistan levelled the ODI series against the Black Caps. We could only manage 209 and Pakistan cruised to the win in 41 overs.

Scott McLaughlin has restored his narrow lead at the top of the Aussie V8's championship after a win at Pukekohe last weekend with one race to go in the season. Fellow Kiwi Shane van Gisbergen had beaten him in the first race to close the gap.

Kiwi MMA star Israel Adesanya had a record-breaking fourth win with a first-round TKO last weekend.


NZ News

This government hasn't learned their lessons about attacking business. The Prime Minister kicked things off by delivering a stern warning to the banking sector saying they need to "lift their game" (to avoid regulation) and now Shane Jones is saying he wants the banking sector to pay a levy of $100m a year for their "extravagantly privileged position". The banks have probably already started secretly charging us extra, to pay for this levy in case it ever comes in - thanks government.

The bad news for the government on immigration continued this week - well granting residency to convicted drug-smuggler Sroubek. And interspersed with the bad news, the Prime Minister continued her inability to make hard calls, saying she doesn't blame officials or Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters partly stayed on the script by not blaming the minister but suggested the blame lies with the Immigration NZ officials.
Things got worse later in the week when Iain Lees-Galloway said he made the decision within about an hour and didn't even read the whole case file. The Prime Minister said she "still" has confidence in the Minister. 


The Numbers Game

45: % average increase over three years for Wellington properties
1,100: midwives have voted to strike after rejecting the DHB's pay offer
115,000: ha pest-free Banks Peninsula agreement
7.1m: $ extra for Bay of Islands hospital 


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5195 (+0.0067)
EUR 0.5945 (+0.0100)
USD 0.6739 (+0.0082)
AUD 0.9323 (+0.0089)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Gus Hutt
A fisherman who pulled a baby from the ocean at Matata Beach says it wasn't the baby's time to go.
"As he floated past I thought he was just a doll," said Gus Hutt.
"So, I reached out and grabbed him by the arm; even then I still thought it was just a doll.
His face looked just like porcelain with his short hair wetted down, but then and he let out a little squeak and I thought 'this is a baby and it's alive'."
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12154723


Joke of the Weekender

Some people just have a way with words, and other people … oh … not have way.
Steve Martin

 

Darren Harrison: darren@harrison.gen.nz
The Weekender: mailed weekly (Sunday nightish)
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The Weekender 03/11/2018

Welcome to November! Fireworks are on sale around the place, building up to Monday night! 


Sport

The Black Caps fell to a two-run defeat in their first Twenty20 match against Pakistan, then in the second Twenty20 NZ posted 153-7 and Pakistan hauled in the total with two balls to spare (and six wickets).

The Silver Ferns have won the Fast5 Netball World Series title in Melbourne for the seventh time.

Lydia Ko finished in a tie for sixth at the Swinging Skirts LPGA tournament in Taiwan.

The NZ Breakers had a great performance from Finn Delaney leading the Breakers to a 114-94 NBL win over the Adelaide 36ers, but up next is an away game against the Perth Wildcats.

The Kiwis Rugby league team are touring in England and they let the lead slip to lose the opening match 18-16.


NZ News

The Royals have been on tour this week with Meghan and Harry in the country. They appeared to have a great time in Wellington and Rotorua and thanked New Zealand when they left.

So a year into the government's KiwiBuild programme and this week the first houses were sold - in fact the first house went a soon-to-graduate doctor and Marketing manager. The salary cap is $180,000, and it seems more & more likely that the government is spending this huge amount of money to subsidise middle class to wealthy people.

The rest of the 14 articles I have are all about the government's huge mess about the immigration of convicted drug-smuggler Karel Sroubek - or whatever he is calling himself these days. The Czech arrived in NZ on a false passport - and a judge discharged him without conviction. Four years later he was jailed in 2016 for five years and nine months after being convicted of importing 5kg of MDMA. Apparently, he told the government that some corrupt cops were after him and Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway granted him residency rather than kicking him out of the country.
After a day of investigation, a newspaper discovered that he had gone back to the Czech Republic twice - not something that someone who was wanted would do. The government closed ranks with Winston Peters claiming it was "responsible", and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern backed her minister, while others pointed out examples where law-abiding useful people were denied the chance to stay.
Apparently, the minister is looking into it. 


The Numbers Game

3: rd most generous country in the world according to an annual giving index
6.2: Richter scale earthquake in the lower North Island - there were no reports of damage
7: NZ nominations for the World Rugby awards: Beauden Barrett, Rieko Ioane, and Black Ferns skipper Fiao'o Faamausili (along with the four Black Ferns Sevens players)
14: years of prison for synthetic drug-dealers being proposed by New Zealand First and supported by National - enough to get it through
6.5m: departure cards filled in annually in NZ will no longer be required from Monday - saving travellers 100,000 hours 


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5128 (+0.0053)
EUR 0.5845 (+0.0145)
USD 0.6657 (+0.0145)
AUD 0.9233 (+0.0049)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Major General Sir Andrew Russell
The Kiwi forces were led by a remarkable man from Hawke's Bay whose name and memory is revered by the townspeople of Le Quesnoy.
They were in northeastern France in a small town called Le Quesnoy which had been the centre of a remarkable assault on November 4, 1918 by Kiwi troops to oust the German forces which had occupied it. A remarkable and successful assault.
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12151876


Joke of the Weekender

I wrote a song about a tortilla. Well actually, it’s more of a wrap.

 

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