May 2019

The Weekender 25/05/2019

Welcome along.


Sport

In Super Rugby this weekend, the Chiefs kept their purely-mathematical chances of a playoffs spot alive after they defended the Reds to a stand-still in the final five minutes for a 19-13 win at Waikato Stadium last night. The Chiefs made 240 tackles to the Reds 87, while the penalty count was about the same ratio or worse.
Last weekend the only winning New Zealand team were the Blues! The Crusaders drew with the Stormers 19-19 and the Highlanders held a one-point lead at the final quarter but fell to a 38-29 loss to the Lions. The Blues had some help from the ref but beat the Chiefs 23-8 for the first time in eight years.
During the week the Crusaders launched a joint investigation into a couple of incidents of poor player behaviour after a couple of allegations, which have been refuted by both the Crusaders players and third parties.

The New Zealand Under-20 team have kicked off their U-20 World Cup campaign with a massive 5-0 win over Honduras in Poland.
The Wellington Phoenix are not just losing their coach with six more players moving on as well.

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke won the 49er European championships this week as they took a big step in their comeback as they try to defend their Olympic title.


NZ News

The Tamaki's (of Destiny Church) announced a new political party this week. The Coalition New Zealand party will be led by Hannah Tamaki. The new party isn't a Christian party but is aimed at a "silent majority" of NZers who are unhappy with where society is heading.

A review of bullying and harassment in the workplace at Parliament was released this week. The release photo was of the head of the review and of Speaker of the House Trevor Mallard. Which is very ironic. I'm pretty sure he is the biggest bully in parliament.

This week saw the symbolic re-entry into the Pike River mine where 29 men lost their lives in an explosion in November 2010. The team will endeavour to recover the bodies.

I should put this in the joke of the week, but a Mayoral candidate has been accused of age, gender and race-based "hate speech" by a councillor. And what did the elderly white male do to incur such wrath from the young female councillor? Apparently, he said the "hateful" words "Beware the charismatic pitch of the Pied Piper". That was it, I don't think there was any more. Unbelievable. Perhaps he should fight fire with fire and sue her for libel.


The Numbers Game

3: rd year in a row for Beth Howarth being recognised as one of the world's best engagement photos, this time a couple overlooking the Port Hills
4.6: times as many as normal, Australians went to the Immigration New Zealand website in the days following the shock Liberal coalition general election win
14: towers on Mt Ruapehu's new gondola are now all in place. The $25m project should open by the end of June
11,000: calls made to the new Police non-emergency number (105 - tenfive) in the first 12 days
600,000: $ worth of assets recovered from Ministry of Transport fraudster Joanne Harrison
7.7m: $ to be spent by the government to enhance and upgrade the SuperGold card scheme
320m: $ from the government for a package of initiatives aimed at preventing family and sexual violence and breaking the cycle of violence
548m: $ spent on video games in the 2018 calendar year, over half a billion for the first time


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5154 (+0.0026)
EUR 0.5847 (+0.0006)
USD 0.6553 (+0.0030)
AUD 0.9463 (-0.0043)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Ross McEwan
Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc’s top banker, New Zealander Ross McEwan, will leave the state-backed lender within a year, Bloomberg reports.
“His successful execution of the strategy to refocus the bank back on its core markets here in the UK and Ireland has helped to deliver one of the biggest UK corporate turnarounds in history,” chairman Howard Davies said in the statement.
https://www.nzedge.com/news/ross-mcewan-completes-rbs-turnaround/


Joke of the Weekender

“Pickup artists” and “garbagemen” should switch names.

 

Darren Harrison: darren@harrison.gen.nz
The Weekender: mailed weekly (Sunday nightish)
Website: www.dunwich.co.nz/weekender/
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The Weekender 18/05/2019

The nights are getting colder, but the days are still lovely.


Sport

In Super Rugby, the Hurricanes dropped their first ever game to the Jaguares after they let them get away to an 8-21 half time lead and the Jaguares retained the lead to win 20-28. Last weekend the Highlanders hung on to just beat the Jaguares 32-27, and for the Chiefs, stand-in captain Brad Weber played his socks off as the Chiefs beat the Sharks 29-23.
Finally, in good news for the Chiefs, Sam Cane is back from his neck injury, seven months after the injury against South Africa.

The NZ Warriors backed up last weekend's win with a win this weekend over the Penrith Panthers10-30. It was a good game for new signing Kodi Nikorima. Last weekend the Warriors beat the Dragons 18-26.

In Football's A-League, Phoenix player Roy Krishna was named the Best Player.

The Black Ferns Sevens have bounced back in Canada to win the round and extend their lead in the Championship.

Casey Kopua had her final home game with the Waikato/BOP Magic as they won 61-52 over the Northern Mystics in the ANZ Netball Premiership.

In the IndyCars, Scott Dixon lost the lead on the second to last lap in Indianapolis. He also moves from third to second on the championship. As he prepares for the Indy 500, he hit a speed record of 380 kph and was second quickest on the second day of practice.


NZ News

The government announced a $3.8 billion package over 30 years for public transport in Wellington. But it is pretty clear what this government thinks about roads, vehicles and their drivers when the Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter used the term "car fascists". It is expected to be 60% of the $6.4b estimated to address congestion problems in the city.

The measles outbreak in Canterbury is officially over.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was in Paris this week for the Christchurch Call to Action, urging governments and tech companies to agree to tackle violent online content in social media. Facebook pre-empted the meeting with an announcement the night before and the US and China didn't turn up, but it was a well received.

The Primary School teachers are pretty angry. The Ministry of Education has been running a continuous media campaign against the teachers, but the teachers are booked in for a mega-strike (Primary and Secondary) on Wednesday the 29th. In fact, the teachers were discussing just booking in continuous strikes every second Wednesday until the end of the year. 50,000 teachers aren't happy.

Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters said it was a sad day for New Zealand after Fonterra sold the "Tip Top" brand to European giant Froneri. He probably wouldn't have liked Fonterra falling over with lack of capital either. And he didn't mention anything about a kiwi conglomerate buying Vodafone NZ.


The Numbers Game

3: days an Invercargill cleaner spent looking for a traveller's lost diamond before finding it when it glinted in the light
4,500: $ in costs and declined leave to appeal from the Supreme Court in favour of National over copyright to the Eminem song "Lose Yourself"
2.2m: $ announced by the government to help combat unemployment in the Bay
200m: $ spend by the government on housing for 2,700 long-term homeless
1b: $ in cuts to 'low-priority' spending from the government, including canning the Education fees-free policy saving $200m
1b: $ in tax from tobacco, alcohol and gambling just from Maori in 2018


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5129 (+0.0055)
EUR 0.5841 (-0.0028)
USD 0.6523 (-0.0071)
AUD 0.9506 (+0.0087)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Maurice Wilkins
A Nobel Prize winner in Physiology and Medicine in 1962 for his contribution to the discovery of the structure of DNA – the very essence of life itself – and a New Zealander by birth, Maurice Wilkins is among our greatest achievers.
https://www.nzedge.com/legends/maurice-wilkins/


Joke of the Weekender

So what if I can’t spell Armageddon? It’s not the end of the world.

 

Darren Harrison: darren@harrison.gen.nz
The Weekender: mailed weekly (Sunday nightish)
Website: www.dunwich.co.nz/weekender/
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The Weekender 11/05/2019

Welcome back. We had an awesome time out at Great Barrier Island, staying at Orama for a lovely break.


Sport

So Super Rugby didn't wait for our holiday! Three weeks ago the influential All Black trio helped the Hurricanes to a 47-19 win over the Chiefs.
Last weekend the Blues couldn't quite do it against the Brumbies, beaten 26-21, and the Chiefs stole a last-minute 31-31 draw against the Highlanders. Ben Smith injured his knee and that might be the last time he plays for the Highlanders. The Hurricanes beat the Melbourne Rebels 29-19 and the Crusaders didn't play too well but scored after the final hooter to draw 21-21 with the Sharks.
Last night Richie Mo'unga stared as Sevu Reece scored a hat-trick as the Crusaders beat the Bulls 13-45 and the Hurricanes beat the Blues 12-22.
Sam Whitelock has re-signed with NZ Rugby until 2023, but he will take the option of a sabbatical. Waisake Naholo will be leaving NZ rugby at the end of the year to join English club London Irish.

The NRL admitted that the ref cost the Warriors the game in the ANZAC Day 13-12 loss to the Melbourne Storm. That didn't help the following week as the Warriors were beaten 36-18 by the Newcastle Knights. But they did get some good news during the week with Kiwis halfback Kodi Nikorima announcing that he was leaving Brisbane to join the Warriors immediately, in a huge signing for the Warriors.

Brendon Hartley continues to remain busy after F1, with news that he is replacing Fernando Alonso at the Toyota World Endurance Championship.
Scott McLaughlin added another win in the Aussie V8's, this time under lights in Perth.


NZ News

News about the shoddy mess that KiwiBuild is, continues to surface. Two weeks ago it was the Minister of Housing, Phil Twyford telling everyone he was "surprised" to learn that officials were carrying out KiwiBuild assessments verbally. If he didn't know about it, then he certainly isn't responsible for the mess ... right?

The government is underplaying their plans for decriminalising drugs, in fact, they aren't even referring to that as being what they are doing - but they are. They are pushing through the Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill making drugs a health issue rather than a criminal issue. The bill even goes so far as to block the Police from prosecuting unless "it is in the public interest" to do so.
It's staggering to me, given the clear and obvious issues. Let's just take the road toll which continues to rise. The Waikato Police recently advertised the causes of fatal road accidents. Alcohol was 22% and Drugs 24%. Even with some of those being both a factor in a single accident, that is a sizable chunk of our road deaths caused by both of those drugs - and they want to relax the rules?
National leaked the options that the government is using for the referendum, saying that there are huge gaps in the options. They point out that the Cabinet paper clearly says smoking marijuana is detrimental for the development of under 25-year-olds, but they are recommending a legal age of 20 with no explanation.

The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford have announced their engagement.

Health Minister David Clark has sacked the board of the Waikato DHB and appointed a commissioner.


The Numbers Game

1: # most trusted politician by Australian's, is NZ's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
8: Queensland fruit flies found in Auckland over the past three and a half months
10: years since the legendary "always blow on the pie" video was filmed - the classic Kiwi cop's stalling tactic https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=always+blow+on+the+pie
11: guns were taken from a police station after they left the door open, they were quickly recovered and a man arrested
18: months after the Census, Stats NZ will finally begin releasing the data, the government has promised $6m to "fix" the bungled Census
150: dead on our roads this year, up from 137 at this time last year, and sixteen people died on Taupo roads in 34 days
4,958: people were admitted to hospitals because of dog bites between 2004 and 2014, jumping from 8.3 per 100,000 in the 1990s to 11.3, and above 12 in the last two years
1m: $ spent by the Corrections Department to buy 193 slushy machines for the prison guards, people are rightly upset at the total cost, but did anyone note that is $7,300 each!
2b: $ cost for a school reform according to a group of Principals opposed to the changes


Finance NZ Dollar

Since 27/04/2019 (14 days ago).
GBP 0.5074 (-0.0084)
EUR 0.5869 (-0.0100)
USD 0.6594 (-0.0069)
AUD 0.9419 (-0.0048)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Lawrence Mabey
One of the greatest air gunners of the war - according to the American Guinness Book Of Records.
If you don't know the stories of Lou Mabey then this article makes for some good reading.
https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/112062102/kiwi-flies-bomber-solo-to-strike-at-berlin-during-world-war-ii-mission-gone-awry


Joke of the Weekender

Here’s some advice: At a job interview, tell them you’re willing to give 110 percent. Unless the job is a statistician.

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