January 2019

The Weekender 26/01/2019

Welcome along to Auckland Anniversary weekend - it looks like it will be a hot one! 


Sport

At the Track Cycling World Cup in Cambridge, kiwi cyclists Eddie Dawkins won the sprint race and Campbell Stewart and Aaron Gate won the Madison duo. NZ was awarded the Best Overall National Award at the meet, winning five of the 12 events and picking up two bronze medals.

The Wellington Phoenix made a new club record of nine unbeaten games with Roy Krishna helping them to a 3-3 draw against Melbourne United. But the run came to an end beaten 1-0 by Sydney FC on Wednesday.

The Silver Ferns are struggling against their international competition in the Quad series only managing a last gasp win over South Africa.

The NZ Breakers chances of reaching the playoffs were severely damaged when they were beaten 106-98 by the bottom-placed Cairns Taipans. They did, however, bounce back with a 113-106 win over Cairns in New Plymouth.

The Black Caps crumbled in their first ODI against India with an eight-wicket loss after being bowled out for 157 in 38 overs.
There was a fun Twenty20 (aren't they all?) match between cricket and rugby yesterday with Team Rugby winning the day. Team Rugby included Kieran Read, Richie McCaw, Israel Dagg, Brendon McCullum, Beauden & Jordie Barrett and Ali Williams, coached by Sir Graham Henry. Team Cricket had player-coach Stephen Fleming, Aaron Smith, Grant Elliott, Luke Ronchi, Kyle Mills, Chris Harris, & Nathan Astle. 


NZ News

KiwiBuild was in the news again this week for all the wrong reasons with MP Phil Twyford admitting that they are expecting around 300 houses to be built in the first year - nowhere near their stated 1,000. In fact, only 33 have been completed, with 77 being built. There has been lots of talk but it seems that of all the working groups the government implemented - they really should have planned this flagship plan better. You know, maybe spending some of that nine years in opposition working on the plan like they were supposed to. The theoretical target is 10,000 houses each year for 10 years. 

Winston Peters stepped in for Jacinda Ardern giving a start of year speech at Ratana, and the funniest part was when he was challenged about why Ardern was 'taking off to a Swiss village'. She was of course at the World Economic Forum in Davos, but in 2015 Peters had a dig at Sir John Key for doing exactly the same thing, and when the media noted this amusing coincidence, Peters refused any more questions and blamed the media. He also said that 1,000 KiwiBuild houses would be built by July - even though the MP and the PM have said it won't happen.

John Tamihere has announced that he will run for the Auckland Mayoralty. The former Labour MP will have former National Minister Chris Fletcher as his running mate.

The Junior Doctors are planning another two-day strike for next week after failing to reach an agreement. I think they are milking it. Everyone knows junior Doctors have to work long hours, but I think they ask for fewer hours but whenever they finally reach an agreement it seems to be for more pay, not fewer hours. So they don't really care about the long hours, they just use it to get more money. 


The Numbers Game

4.7: Richter scale earthquake in Whanganui this week
7: % increase in Auckland bus, train and ferry prices
25: deadly crashes in 2017 involved a foreign driver, but the foreign driver was only at fault in 18 of those - a lower rate than general kiwi accidents
170: km/h winds in Christchurch & Kaikoura cut power
4,500: homes and businesses lost power after gusty winds in Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago
4,800: km of rowing across the Atlantic for a young kiwi raising awareness for mental health - he is around halfway
7,000: km trek for a little endangered Fiordland penguin in eight weeks - including going more than halfway to Antarctica
45,000: $ spent on international flights by our government to fight climate change, what a joke
156m: $ of fines have been dodged by Kiwis and tourists - almost a third of those lodged with the Ministry of Justice
500m: $ blowout for Auckland's City Rail Link - potentially rising to $1b by the time the contracts are awarded


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5186 (-0.0048)
EUR 0.6000 (+0.0071)
USD 0.6849 (+0.0106)
AUD 0.9535 (+0.0128)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Caleb Currey
A South Auckland teenager who saved his little brother by pushing his pram to safety seconds before being struck by a car has been on a long road to recovery.
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12185058


Joke of the Weekender

Drama: a word boring people use to describe fun people.

 

Darren Harrison: darren@harrison.gen.nz
The Weekender: mailed weekly (Sunday nightish)
Website: www.dunwich.co.nz/weekender/
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The Weekender 19/01/2019

Welcome to the New Year, I've had a good break, but here is some of what has been going on.


Sport

The Track Cycling World Cup is in Cambridge and the Kiwis made their mark with a dominant win in the men's team pursuit with a near world record ride. The women also won gold in the team pursuit. On the opening night Ethan Mitchell, Sam Webster and Eddie Dawkins won the gold for the men's team sprint.

The Wellington Phoenix beat Central Coast 3-2 to set a club record of eight games without a loss. They also had a 3-2 win over Western Sydney and a 4-1 win over Brisbane.
NZ's genuine legend Wynton Rufer is out of a coma and recovering from a heart attack the other week.
Chris Wood has played a leading hand to help Burnley out of the relegation zone in the English Premier League.

New Zealand women's hockey coach Mark Hager has resigned and will take over as coach of the Great Britain and England women's teams. He has been at the centre of a review but there isn't any suggestion he was pushed out. He has led the Black Sticks to their most successful period in the last ten years.

The Black Caps wrapped up the test series with a good win. NZ 178 & 585/4 declared, beat Sri Lanka 104 & 236.
In the first ODI, the Black Caps scored 371/7 with a Martin Guptill 138. The Black Caps won the second ODI by 21 runs after Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera almost won the game for them. Sri Lanka were 128 for seven, but Perera's 140 almost changed the game. The Black Caps scored 364 in the third ODI with Ross Taylor and Henry Nichols centuries for a 116-run win. The Black Caps scored (a record I think) 1054 runs in three ODI's. The Black Caps won the one-off Twenty20 match against Sri Lanka by 35 runs. Sri Lanka left without a win from the two tests, three ODI's and single Twenty20 match. NZ was at 55-5 before Doug Bracewell (44 off 26) and Scott Kuggelijn (35 off 15) combined to turn things around.

Kiwi Richie Stanaway will have a drive in the Aussie V8's in 2019 after being picked up by Garry Rogers Motorsport to replace former champion Garth Tander.

The NZ Breakers beat top of the table Perth 97-84 with import Shawn Long leading the way. They also beat the Adelaide 36ers 104-96.


NZ News

Tim Shadbolt was delighted and surprised at receiving a Knighthood for services to local government and the community - surprised because of his "colourful past". Sir Stephen Tindall has been given this year's highest honour - he is being made a Kight Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Olympic Medalist Barbara Kendall was made a Companion of the NZ Order of Merit. 


The Numbers Game

0.84: degC above average for the mean 2018 temperature - above 1998 but behind 2016
11: missions for Auckland Rescue Helicopters in 24 hours
24: earthquakes in a swarm has hit Northland in the last month
26: % drop in preventable drownings in 2018
150: $ fine for Labour MP and former police union boss Greg O'Connor for failing to keep left while driving
302: kg blue marlin caught by a teenager from Northland - pending world record notification
382: road deaths in 2018, down by 2 from the deadliest in 2009, but the holiday road toll was the lowest in five years
3,300: Junior doctors went on strike early this week, delaying thousands of surgeries
20,000: fewer tourists could come to NZ (spending $70m somewhere else) with the government's new tourist taxes kicking in this year - according to official advice
350,000: $ donation to the Green Party from a members estate
800,000: $ the cost to ACC for avocado injuries
7.1m: $ pledge by the Hugh Green Foundation for a biomedical research hub in Wellington to target Cancer and asthma
20m: $ announced by the government to make rural roads safer
70m: $ paid out by ACC for animal-related injuries, and also for rugby-related injuries
18.6m: $ donated by Kiwis on Givealittle in 2018
3.4b: $ paid by ACC for summer-related injuries over the last five years 


Finance NZ Dollar

Since 22/12/2018 (28 days ago).
GBP 0.5234 (-0.0067)
EUR 0.5929 (+0.0035)
USD 0.6743 (+0.0033)
AUD 0.9407 (-0.0133)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Jesse Harrison (no relation, but probably here because I spotted the name)
A second was all it took for Jesse Harrison to sprint, in jandals, towards the railing of the Auckland Harbour Bridge during rush hour.
The reason: A man who left his vehicle running on the motorway was attempting to climb over the railing, intent on jumping off at the highest point, 43.3m, into the harbour.
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12188811


Joke of the Weekender

Every Scooby-Doo episode would literally be two minutes long if the gang went to the mask store first and asked a few questions.

 

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