July 2019

The Weekender 27/07/2019

Hi, we are certainly powering through July!


Sport

Last weekend New Zealand again played England in a world championship, this time Netball, and this time beating them 47-45, making it to their sixth straight final against Australia. And a day or two later they played the final and beat Australia 52-51, reversing their 1-point loss from round play. It was a great game for the Silver Ferns and a number of their older players like Maria Folau, get to celebrate a world championship in probably their last game. The turn around is due to coach Noeline Taurua.

In their Rugby Championship opener, the South Africans beat Australia 35-17, while the All Blacks beat Argentina 20-16 in Buenos Aires. The All Blacks have started playing the Springboks in Wellington for tonight's game.

The Warriors have had a finals blow with a 24-22 loss to the Paramatta Eels, with the refs starring for the Eels with a backwards pass ruled forward and a 9-2 penalty count to the Eels.


NZ News

The Government has pushed out the unveiling for the KiwiBuild reset until late August. Perhaps they should commission another working group.


The Numbers Game

3: times the amount of roads the government plans to make "safer", but it's just bandaids really, rather than fixing the roads
135: electric vehicles registered in the government's fleet of 15,500 since Labour took office - National says the government is telling people "do as I say, not as I do"
1,110: new homes targetted for Ohinewai, just north of Huntly, as Sleepyhead plans a new factory and community
25,000: $ per Silver Fern after Sky TV, ANZ, MYOB and Puma contributed so they got some sort of bonus for winning the World Cup - but nothing for wonder-coach Noeline Taurua
17m: $ treaty settlement with Ngati Rangi


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5360 (-0.0051)
EUR 0.5953 (-0.0068)
USD 0.6636 (-0.0128)
AUD 0.9600 (-0.0009)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Nancy Wake
The White Mouse
Nancy Wake was the Allies’ most decorated servicewoman of WWII, and the Gestapo’s most-wanted person. They code-named her ‘The White Mouse’ because of her ability to elude capture. When war broke out she was a young woman married to a wealthy Frenchman living a life of luxury in cosmopolitan Marseilles. She became a saboteur, organiser and Resistance fighter who led an army of 7,000 Maquis troops in guerrilla warfare to sabotage the Nazis. Her story is one of daring, courage and optimism in the face of impossible odds.

https://www.nzedge.com/legends/warriors/nancy-wake/


Joke of the Weekender

Why is there so much pressure to spend Independence Day with other people?

 

Darren Harrison: darren@harrison.gen.nz
The Weekender: mailed weekly (Sunday nightish)
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The Weekender 20/07/2019

Hi, there are a bunch of well-worn edges of couches after last Sunday night/Monday morning!


Sport

So, the game of the century was the Cricket World Cup final at Lords in England, between England and the Black Caps. New Zealand batted first and reached 241 for eight, while England was all out in the last over, the last ball for 241. So following the draw it came down to a super over. England batted first and got 15, so NZ needed 16 to win - and got 15. England won the game based on boundaries scored. There are so many things to say, Ben Stokes' 6 on the ground, or the tie-tie rule change, or that we didn't actually lose, or that Christchurch-born Ben Stokes won it for England, but we were seriously stoked just to be there, and even though we lost, it was an awesome game, and so great to see two respectful teams playing it. Can you imagine if one of - or both, Australia and India had played a game like that? So after the dust settled, Kane Williamson was named player of the tournament, and Skipper of the World Cup tournament team. Lochie Ferguson was also named in the team. As if Stokes' heroics for England weren't enough, he has also been nominated for the New Zealander of the Year Award!

In rugby, the Maori All Blacks played Fiji last weekend and were beaten 27-10, they are playing again now in Rotorua. The Black Ferns have won the women's rugby super series and retained their World Number One ranking, beating England 28-13 in the deciding match.

In the Netball World Cup, the Silver Ferns made light work of their week, beating Barbados 78-25, Singapore 89-21, Zimbabwe 79-36 and Northern Ireland 77-28. Then they played Australia and while Australia did win, the narrow 49-50 loss gave them great hope that they have recovered from their recent slump.

The NZ Warriors hopes of making the finals are up in the air after a rare draw against Brisbane 18-18 after 90 minutes and golden goal failed the separate the teams. This weekend they did beat Shaun Johnson's Sharks 19-18 in Wellington with Blake Green scoring his first NRL field goal.


NZ News

National this week pointed out the flaws of the government's vehicle plans. They are planning to ban quite a number of popular vehicles, branded as unsafe, but they are also planning to make "green" cars cheaper by subsidising them. The issue is that their policies point to subsidising unsafe vehicles because they came out with multiple opposing policies almost at the same time.

PM Jacinda Ardern has backed KiwiBuild after the Auditor-General started investigating whether the scheme skirted rules by backing housing developments that were already underway.
The PM may also be wondering about increasing the Air Force budget after her plane broke down in Australia after taking her there for a quick trip. I assume she found alternative arrangements, but a second Air Force plane sent to bring back the political journalists also broke down. Maybe the Air Force is trying to tell her she is welcome to stay there?

The government has shown it will back down, regardless of what it says, when faced with strike action, so up next is the DHB psychologists, who are refusing to work overtime for five weeks.

The government has planned an ambitious Road to Zero safety plan. Obviously, it would be impossible to have a road toll of zero, but I definitely think it's still worth aiming for it. The AA has welcomed the plan saying it is "comprehensive and ambitious", but that it will cost billions to realise. The National leader pointed out that they've ignored the single biggest thing they could do by investing in the roads of national significance.


The Numbers Game

2nd: steepest street in the world for Dunedin's Baldwin Street after a North Wales town petitioned to become the world's steepest street
1,200: lightning strikes in the South Island over 24 hours last Sunday

4,500: lightning strikes over the country in 24 hours early in the week
9m: $ paid by Aucklanders for driving in bus lanes in less than a year
75m: $ pay deal for Kindy teachers after four days of negotiations - that has to be a slap in the face for how hard teachers had to push to get their deal


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5411 (+0.0085)
EUR 0.6021 (+0.0090)
USD 0.6764 (+0.0069)
AUD 0.9608 (+0.0072)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Sir Edmund Hillary
Sir Ed would have been 100 this week so here is an article celebrating more than just conquering Everest sixty six years ago.
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12243619&ref=rss


Joke of the Weekender

Nostalgia: How long’s that been around?

 

Darren Harrison: darren@harrison.gen.nz
The Weekender: mailed weekly (Sunday nightish)
Website: www.dunwich.co.nz/weekender/
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The Weekender 13/07/2019

Hi, the weather doesn't know if it's good or bad at the moment, the days seem to be alternating.


Sport

The game of this week was obviously the Black Caps, who knocked highly favoured India out of the Cricket World Cup. It was a stunning, surprising and unexpected win after the Black Caps had lost three games leading up to the semi-finals. So the game was played over two rain-interrupted days. New Zealand batted first and reached 239 with Kane Williamson scoring 67, and serial-run-out-artist Ross Taylor reaching 74 before being run out. In reply, India's first three much-vaunted batsmen were each bowled out for 1 run with a fourth coming at 24 runs. They never recovered from there, and with Jimmy Neesham taking a great catch and Martin Guptill firing in an amazing run out to take out MS Dhoni, India was all out for 221.
In the other semi-final, England bowled Australia out for 223, and then beat them by eight wickets. So last World Cup, NZ had to play Australia in Melbourne for the final, and this time around we have to play England at Lord's. Tomorrow.

The Crusader took on the Jaguares last weekend for the Super Rugby title and won 19-3 to win their third "three-peat" and their tenth title. The Crusaders scored the only try and the Jaguares had the majority of possession and territory but the Crusaders defence was up to the task.
This weekend in rugby, Fiji has beaten the NZ Maori 24-10 in Suva. And Beauden Barrett has re-signed with NZ Rugby for four years - but not with the Hurricanes. He is heading to the Auckland Blues as his wife comes from Auckland.

The NZ Warriors had a comeback 24-20 win over Newcastle last weekend, despite yet another bunker blunder against the Warriors. Maumalo scored a clean try according to the replays but the bunker overturned the try decision but the Warriors scored late to win anyway.

The Silver Ferns banished memories of their last loss against Malawi beating them 64-45 in their opening match of the Netball World Cup in Liverpool.


NZ News

The government announced a deal this week aiming to get greener* cars on the road. Their plan is to provide an $8,000 subsidy for emission-free** vehicles, and to pay for it by charging $3,000 on the "highest greenhouse gas-emitting cars imported to New Zealand". The best quote about the deal is "Let’s be very clear: this is a tax on Otara vehicles to subsidise Teslas in Remuera". Another goodie from the Federated Farmers was "It's going to be pretty hard to fit a bundle of strainer posts on the back of a Nisan Leaf."
* By "greener" I think they just mean that the energy is created at a different place (i.e. a power station) to the car itself, allowing the owners to conveniently ignore power generation and delivery questions.
** Again, "emission-free" at the vehicle itself, not at the energy source

The government has again tried to do something nice - but without thinking ... at all. There were 150,000 students who had credits held back because of unpaid NCEA fees. The government announced that all NCEA fees would be wiped. Those people are probably pretty happy, but the angry ones are those connected to parents who worked overtime for a long long time to pay off their child's fees. Another parent talked about how it took them eight months to pay off the fees. A teacher talked about how one student stopped going to school because their parents couldn't pay the fees. The system may have been odd, to begin with, but just randomly scrapping the fees seems like a knee-jerk reaction that nobody took any time to think about.

The Government and Prime Minister's Business Advisory Council has said NZ was at an "infrastructure crisis point" and had no master plan to fix it. They said there was "no overarching vision or leadership in New Zealand for infrastructure development".


The Numbers Game

1.05m: great white shark found on Ninety Mile Beach - the smallest ever recorded
9: years since the Scott Guy murder and there has been no justice for the family
25.50: $/hr to be paid to family carers of ill family members, announced by the government
639: Australian's with criminal convictions were allowed to get a firearms licence in NZ - wait are people allowed into Australia "without" a criminal conviction these days?
30m: $ more from Gisborne from the regional slush fund - I mean the Provincial Growth Fund
58m: $ redevelopment for Auckland Zoo starting zoon


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5325 (+0.0031)
EUR 0.5931 (+0.0029)
USD 0.6695 (+0.0066)
AUD 0.9536 (+0.0047)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Ernest Rutherford
The creator of modern atomic physics and forerunner of the nuclear age, Rutherford was one of the greatest scientists of the 20th century. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1908 and a baronetcy in 1931, choosing the title Baron Rutherford of Nelson. In the words of Einstein, he was “a second Newton”, the man who “tunnelled into the very material of God”: inventor, experimenter and Nelson farm boy.
https://www.nzedge.com/legends/ernest-rutherford/


Joke of the Weekender

How come you never see a headline like “Psychic Wins Lottery”?

 

Darren Harrison: darren@harrison.gen.nz
The Weekender: mailed weekly (Sunday nightish)
Website: www.dunwich.co.nz/weekender/
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The Weekender 06/07/2019

It was a lovely morning for an early (ripper) rugby game this morning, the sun came out and warmed things up nicely.


Sport

Last weekend in the Super Rugby semi-finals, the Crusaders outlasted the Hurricanes 30-26 in a game that looked over in the first half but roared back to life in the second half. For the final, the Crusaders will have Ryan Crotty and Scott Barrett out injured - a pity for them because they always win when Ryan Crotty is playing.
Just following up the allegations against a couple of Crusader players when they toured South Africa - the independent investigation found that the allegations were either not substantiated or not upheld.
The Crusaders and Jaguares have just started the Super Rugby 2019 Final.

In the cricket world cup, the Black Caps were well beaten by England but snuck into the semi-finals after Pakistan needed to score something like 500 runs to get a higher run rate.

Last weekend Joseph Parker had a solid win over Australian Alex Leapai with a TKO in the eighth round.

Wellington Phoenix player Sapreet Singh has confirmed a move to German super club Bayer Munich. The deal is thought to be worth $750k - $1m.

Patrick Bevan has been announced as a rider for the next Tour de France - becoming the fifth NZer to race in three or more events.

Hayden Paddon is returning to the WRC for the Rally of Finland. Hyundai signed someone else for Rally Finland so Hayden realised they weren't going to ask him to come back so he called the M-Sport team and within two days had arranged a drive in the M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC car.
Aussie V8 Championship leader Scott McLaughlin became the first driver in a decade to win seven consecutive races when he won the Saturday race in Townsville today. It was his 13th win of the season as he hunts down Craig Lowndes' record of 16 race wins in a season. Lowndes also holds the record of eight straight wins from 1996.


NZ News

The government's ban against single-use plastic bags came into effect this week, but one Indian takeaway showed just how narrow and ineffective the law was. The law specifically stated that the bags had to have handles, so they carried on (temporarily at least) using their plastic bags - they just cut the handles off.

The Waihi mine was planning an extension that would have provided jobs from 2028 to 2036 and despite the government tightening rules, the submission was approved by the Overseas Investment Office. Then it went to David Clark as Associate Finance Minister - who cleared it. But then it went to Green MP Eugenie Sage as Minister of Conservation and Minister of the Environment, and the deal is canned. Surely she had good reasons? She cited a Brazilian mudslide as she explained it's too dangerous. I'm surprised she didn't say a lahar from Mt Ruapehu might run amok in the Waihi mine.
This is the same week that information comes out about how business confidence is at a 10-year low, and it seems to show how the government is anti-business. Like with Taranaki, where they canned a $28b project that provided 3,000 jobs and tried to roll in as superheroes when they announced a $26m Clean Energy Centre. It only adds up if you don't know anything about business (i.e. a Labour MP).

The Principal's continue their fight for better pay. They have announced a six-week ban on working with the Ministry of Education unless they get a better pay offer.


The Numbers Game

4: out of the last five years have had the first week in May as the most dangerous of the year based on ACC claims - the first week of kids sport
4: times as many Aucklanders are suffering from flu-like symptoms this season
16: km of median barriers have been installed - the government promised to install 198km by mid-2021
28: new cases of measles - caused by eight people arriving from overseas
45: $ extra per year for a car with the new 3cpl tax increase in Auckland that started this week
61: news schools planned by the Government by 2030, but only one has been funded so far
78: driving infringements issued in Wellington in two hours - left Police "shocked and disappointed"
150: $/child grant for school camps and schools can charge - after it was looking like the government's new no-charge rule would rule out all school camps
100,000: kiwis have signed a petition heading to Parliament to improve support for cancer medicine


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5294 (-0.0001)
EUR 0.5902 (+0.0000)
USD 0.6629 (-0.0093)
AUD 0.9489 (-0.0084)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Emma Rigby
The day after the London Riots stopped, former Rotorua woman Emma Rigby said she was going to make her community better.
That's exactly what she did and this week she became the first New Zealand Citizen to receive a British Citizen Award at the Palace of Westminster in London.
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12246149&ref=rss


Joke of the Weekender

There’s no “I” in denial.

 

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