February 2020

The Weekender 29/02/2020

Welcome to the leap day Weekender!


Sport

Last weekend in Super Rugby the Blues had an after the bell penalty to win 23-21 for an away win over the Bulls in Pretoria. The Chiefs lost to the Brumbies.
This weekend the Highlanders had their first home loss to the Rebels 22-28, while the Hurricanes thrashed the Sunwolves 62-15.
The Sunwolves have moved a couple of home games due to the coronavirus. Two-time world cup winner Ben Franks is retiring from professional rugby at the end of the English season.

Last weekend the Black Caps cruised to the first test victory over India by 10 wickets after India were bowled out for 191 in the second innings, only eight runs ahead (combined) of NZ's first innings total of 348. Tim Southee was man of the match with nine wickets, Trent Boult got five and debutant Kyle Jamieson got four. Kane Williamson top-scored with 89. The second test started today and India have been bowled out for 242 with Kyle Jamieson taking five wickets and NZ are 63/0 in reply.

Southland rider Corbin Strong has won gold at the men's points title race at the cycling World Champs in Berlin. He had previously collected silver with the men's team pursuit.

Mitch Evans won the Mexico E-Prix in the Jaguar electric for Formula E.


NZ News

The mayors of Auckland and Christchurch are being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office for election expenses.

Just three days ago there was a report that 120 people had been tested for coronavirus in NZ and there were no confirmed or suspected cases. However, we now have our first confirmed case after one person was tested three times, with the person arriving from Iran. This morning I read that supermarkets in Auckland are busy with people 'panic buying' supplies.

National said earlier in the week that it was considering reciprocating Australia's deportation laws, where over the past few years, Australia has been deporting any New Zealander who commits a crime in Australia. That might sound fine, but in practice, that means people who have lived in Australia all their lives have been deported. Even someone who got born while their parents were on holiday in NZ with no other ties. Anyway, that brought a chorus of derision from left-leaning politicians (it is coming up to an election). But then just a few days later, PM Jacinda Ardern, standing beside Australian PM Scott, gave him a blunt message that "New Zealand and Australia's relationship is being tested," criticising the way Kiwis are being treated in Australia as well as their deportation policy, saying "do not deport your people and your problems."

There were patches of rain last weekend, but not enough and this week has continued hot and dry with the Waikato officially declared a drought zone.

Massey University is planning a big shake-up which could see many science positions lost from Auckland, driving top scientists out of New Zealand. They aim to cut spending by $18m. It has been described as possibly the biggest blow to science in a generation.


The Numbers Game

1.5: magnitude earthquake swarm below Mt Ruapehu over the weekend
3.09: % increase in benefits announced by the government, up on the 1.66% CPI increase
4: dead in 24 hours in the Waikato last weekend and the horror continued with eight dead in a couple of days
12: people more drowned in 2019 than 2018
4,000: more kids living below the poverty line since this Labour government came into power - a KiwiBuild of social failure
7,000: $ fine for the NZ Police and they can't hire overseas workers for six months after failing to keep complete employment records
14,869: people on the public housing wait-list, up almost 10,000 since the Labour government, the housing minister said it was the Government's "kinder" approach
1.8m: $ for a modest New Lynn home - almost twice the council valuation
3m: $ announced by the government combat the COVID-19 - coronavirus
5.9m: $ from the regional fund for an upgrade and expansion to Taupo Airport
6.2m: $ spent rebranding the New Zealand fire service as they merge rural and urban services to "save money"
79m: $ for the Opotiki harbour from Shane Jones' regional fund, estimating 1,850 new jobs will be created


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.4875 (-0.0023)
EUR 0.5668 (-0.0184)
USD 0.6251 (-0.0097)
AUD 0.9577 (-0.0012)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Anna Marsh
New Zealander Anna Marsh, the newly appointed CEO of leading European film and TV group Studiocanal.
https://www.nzedge.com/news/studiocanal-names-anna-marsh-ceo/


Joke of the Weekender

“Waiter, take your thumb off my schnitzel immediately!”
"Oh yeah? And have it fall down again!?”

 

Darren Harrison: darren@harrison.gen.nz
The Weekender: mailed weekly (Sunday nightish)
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The Weekender 22/02/2020

Welcome along, to a damp day - our first this year. Also maybe the first day of the year with a temperature less than about 27 deg C.


Sport

In Super Rugby last weekend the Highlanders snatched a late win over the previously unbeaten Brumbies when Josh Ioane kicked a conversion in the 85th minute to secure a 23-22 win. The Hurricanes beat the previously unbeaten Sharks 38-22 after being 17-17 at half time, with Ben Lam getting back to his best, and Jordie Barrett doing all the kicking now that brother Beauden is in Auckland. The Chiefs were in Tokyo hoping not to trip up against the Sunwolves like last year, and they went to the break 12-24 ahead, running out to 17-43 bonus point winners.

Lisa Carrington completed the double at Karapiro last weekend winning the K1 500 and K1 200 national titles.

The first of the cricket test matches between the Black Caps and India started yesterday with Kyle Jamieson having a dream debut taking three wickets. Tim Southee joined in and this morning India were bowled out for 165.

The Wellington Phoenix beat Western United 2-0 to rise to third in the competition.


NZ News

General Motors has decided to drop the iconic Holden brand in Australia and New Zealand. The great race duels between Holden and Ford will never be the same - although they haven't been since the epic Godzilla era.

The Prime Minister has refused to do anything about all the dodginess surrounding her deputy claiming it is simply a matter for New Zealand First, while more bad news comes out that a lobbying firm run by a New Zealand First Foundation trustee pushed for a law change on behalf of a property company, and then the company donated tens of thousands of dollars to the foundation.
The Prime Minister has also doubled down on her comments about "sewage down walls" in Auckland's Middlemore Hospital, presumably trying to make some sort of political point and despite the hospital officials claiming that there were only a couple of minor leaks that were quickly fixed and there was "no sewage spilling into the building".

New Zealand Post has halted mail to & from China after many of its partner airlines suspended flights. I've been advised from a major computer & technology company that delays are likely for many suppliers.

New Zealand Police have started a trial of an Eagle helicopter in Christchurch and it was lasered twice on its first flight. One man has been arrested.

The Serious Fraud Office concluded their investigation in National's handling of two $100,000 donations to the National Party. No member or employee of National has been charged, but the whistleblower himself - former National MP Jami-Lee Ross along with three members of the public have been charged. I guess that was how he knew misappropriation had been going on! Ross has claimed many things like he was being targetted as a scapegoat, and that he never wanted name suppression - despite a reporter coming forward to say his lawyers threatened him to try and stop his name being reported. 


The Numbers Game

2: more NZers were diagnosed with the coronavirus (4 total), all from the same Japanese ship, six more Kiwis from the ship were evacuated to NZ
3: large properties in Twizel need to be sold after three rich foreign investors breached the Overseas Investment Act
9: % drop in visitor arrivals from China in December due to coronavirus travel restrictions - tourist operators targetting Chinese travellers are in a downturn
30: % increase in funding requested by the Reserve Bank Governor, whose added 19 more staff - he commissioned a report on why the bank is like Tane Mahuta
86: avg lifespan of women in Nelson - above the national average of 83, 81 for men with the average 78
110: kg giant squid was hauled up by Niwa from a trawl net sent 442m down
1,180: kg of meth nabbed by customs in 2019, enough to cause $1.5b worth of damage - three tonnes of drugs overall
5.3m: $ in fines from a speed camera on Tamaki Drive in Auckland with 60,141 fines, 6.8 fines every hour of the year, 3 Auckland cameras collected a quarter of fines
7m: $ Low Emissions Vehicle Fund is giving money to large corporates and car rental companies - it's like giving BP money to buy petrol


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.4898 (-0.0033)
EUR 0.5852 (-0.0088)
USD 0.6348 (-0.0086)
AUD 0.9589 (0.0008)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Sydney Smith
Forensic science pioneer Sir Sydney Smith (1883-1969) achieved world renown through the application of science to justice. From the edge of an Otago goldfield to the telling edge of a murder weapon, Smith learnt to read the stories of dead men – and in doing so changed the way crime was investigated and solved.
https://www.nzedge.com/legends/sydney-smith/


Joke of the Weekender

My wife is a bit weird. She always starts her talking with “Michael, are you listening to me?”

 

Darren Harrison: darren@harrison.gen.nz
The Weekender: mailed weekly (Sunday nightish)
Website: www.dunwich.co.nz/weekender/
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The Weekender 15/02/2020

Welcome along.


Sport

Well, the Chiefs. We went along to the game here in Hamilton last weekend to watch a brilliant Chiefs team deal with the Crusaders 25-15, even denying them a bonus point. The Chiefs started into the wind and were behind 8-12 at halftime, but Aaron Cruden wound back the clock for a great game with Brad Webber throwing in a fantastic off the bench game as well.
This weekend the Crusaders bounced back with a 25-8 win over the Blues. The Chiefs have had an impressive finish, led by the impressive Damien McKenzie to beat the Sunwolves 17-43 with a bonus-point win. Unfortunately, this one was in Japan so we didn't get to see the revenge after the loss last year (which we did see).

The cricket has been going better with the ODI's against India! The Black Caps won the second game and series with a 22 run win in Auckland, with assistant coach Luke Ronchi stepping onto the field as a substitute fielder after a number of players were sick (Dehli-belly ... in Auckland?). Tim Southee had a great game, even though he took a break to throw up! Then in Mt Maunganui Colin de Grandhomme smashed 58 off 28 balls to help chase down 296 to sweep the series.

The Halberg Awards were on last night with the Silver Ferns winning the supreme award and coach Noeline Taurua winning Coach of the Year. MMA fighter Israel Adesanya won Sportsman of the Year and Lisa Carrington won Sportswoman of the Year for the fourth straight year.

The NZ Breakers wrapped up their regular season with a 92-83 win over South East Melbourne but they rely on results to go their way if they are to make the playoffs.


NZ News

Taika Waititi has won the Academy Award for best-adapted screenplay at the Oscars last weekend for the movie Jojo Rabbit.
New Zealand First are in trouble over their donations scandal with the matter being referred to the Police and the Serious Fraud Office. For years it seems they have been syphoning off donations to the "NZ First Foundation" which paid for many things that the party needed, but never declared any donations even though the donations people thought were going to the party were well above the threshold. He has even had the gall to claim he was not involved in any way - a party he created, and a foundation created by his personal lawyer, for the secret benefit of his party. Yeah right. He also claimed that donors are entitled to anonymity. I bet he wouldn't say the same about donors to National.
It proves a systemic problem in the party and a plan designed to defraud all New Zealanders.
Winston Peters is also in trouble after seemingly admitting to tracking and photographing journalists, only to back down the following day, blaming it on a coincidence. The Journalist's Union is demanding an apology
PM Jacinda Ardern has flip-flopped on whether she trusts her deputy Prime Minister, but given her track record of disciplining people in her government, even if the worst is proven, she is unlikely to do anything.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has shown yet again she is a social media politician. Despite the rhetoric, her government hasn't done much of anything. Housing continues to be an issue, people needing the dole has risen massively. But this week when news of Concert FM's demise came out, the Prime Minister was immediately active with lots of claims and action, providing an alternative frequency. In this case, there was no working committee or report, just action.
So she is happy to jump up and down and get active over something meaningless but doesn't do anything about the important issues.

After months of monitoring, the government has declared a drought in Auckland and Northland.


The Numbers Game

2: nd kiwi contracted the coronavirus - both are on the Japanese cruise liner the Diamond Princess
34.2: degC for Napier during another hot week
46: % for National in the latest 1New Colmar Brunton poll  - equal with Labour (41%) plus the Greens (5%), ACT on 2% would put National in
54: year old Jimmy "The Thunder" Peau died this week, Jimmy won a Commonwealth Games gold medal
238: m into the Pike River recovery mission - 2 km to go and they need more money but can't say how much
5m: $ of drugs were seized by police and ten people arrested
5.3m: $ Auckland Victoria St cycleway is running late and bringing central Auckland to a standstill
23m: $ announced by the government to tackle measles, the belated announcement is another failure in the "year of delivery"
300m: $ boost from the government to "get homeless into better accommodation"


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.4931 (-0.0034)
EUR 0.5940 (0.0092)
USD 0.6434 (0.0032)
AUD 0.9581 (-0.0012)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Colin Murdoch
The Timaru inventor who would awaken from dreams at night with three-dimensional drawings revolving through his imagination. Pieces would be added and removed: a mental version of CAD. He would then get up and go to the kitchen table, working with a pencil and ruler until he had his idea on paper. Colin Murdoch’s dreams, designs and sketches would become inventions used in every corner of the world.
https://www.nzedge.com/legends/colin-murdoch/


Joke of the Weekender

Insurance clerk: "Where were you born, Sir?"
Man: "In the United States."
Insurance clerk: "OK, and which part?"
Man: "My entire body."

 

Darren Harrison: darren@harrison.gen.nz
The Weekender: mailed weekly (Sunday nightish)
Website: www.dunwich.co.nz/weekender/
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The Weekender 08/02/2020

Hey, how are you going, hope you are having a great day.


Sport

Super Rugby started last weekend and defending champions Crusaders beat the Waratahs 43-25. The Stormers thrashed the Hurricanes 27-0, and the Chiefs reversed the result from their warm-up game in Waihi, beating the Blues 29-37 after the Blues had a good start. In other games the Brumbies beat the Reds 27-24, the Sharks beat the Bulls 23-15, the Sunwolves beat the Rebels 36-27, the Jaguares beat the Lions 38-8.
This weekend the Highlanders were well beaten at home by the Sharks 42-20 and the Brumbies beat the Rebels 39-26. BJ and I are Chiefs supporters this year and are heading along to our first game tonight with the Chiefs taking on the Crusaders.
In other rugby the Rugby Sevens was on in Sydney last weekend and the Black Ferns won their fourth tournament in a row, while the men didn't make the final.

In the cricket, the touring Indian's beat the Black Caps 5-0 in the Twenty20 matches, but the Black Caps bounced back to chase down 348 in the first ODI here in Hamilton. Ross Taylor got a century (while running out two others) and stand-in captain Tom Latham had a great knock.

Scott McLaughlin has been told he has a drive, in IndyCars at Indianapolis in May.

The NZ Breakers are keeping themselves alive so far but have to keep winning to make the finals. This weekend they beat the Brisbane Bullets 91-87 to improve to 14-13.


NZ News

Former Prime Minister Mike Moore passed away this week aged 71.

This week National leader Simon Bridges ruled out working with New Zealand First after this year's general election. Obviously, this could go either way, but based on the last time around, it was equally clear to everyone (despite what Winston Peters says now) that New Zealand First were never going to side with National - even though they had the clear majority and he always *used* to say he would always try and make a deal with whoever had most votes. Now it is crystal clear, a vote for NZ First, is a vote for Labour - and a lot of NZ First supporters aren't going to like that.

The government has apparently backed down on a couple of election promises as we head closer to the election. The first is the ban on certain elements from Rodeos. They said flank straps, electric prodders and calf roping would be banned, but three years later, those things are off the table.
The second thing is cleaning up NZ rivers. In August 2017, Jacinda Ardern said "When it comes to our rivers, we will not accept that it is too hard. We will not accept that, and we will not accept a position that we simply sit back and allow this degradation to continue. We have set our standards and our sights higher no matter how hard that proposition might be." Now, three years later, they are planning to release a freshwater policy. They've had three years and only written a report. I guess it was too hard.
The government was given a report in 2017 stating that more than 100 oil and gas wells around the country, hadn't been decommissioned properly. Three years later and they have failed to act on it.
A report on the recent measles epidemic says that government inaction resulted in children ending up in intensive care in NZ, and the epidemic spreading to Samoa where children died. This could have been avoided in the government had listened to expert advice. In Samoa one village had ten children die with measles claiming 83 lives in total in Samoa.

There has been massive flooding around Southland this week, with Gore evacuated and the entire island south of Gore being completely cut off. Apparently, all of the roads south of Gore were closed with flooding! The cost of the clean up is expected to be in the millions. 


The Numbers Game

1: New Zealander has tested positive for the Coronavirus - they are on a Japanese cruise ship
5.5: magnitude earthquake struck 30 km off Tauranga
21: year-old Auckland Lantern Festival is cancelled for the first time due to the Coronavirus
40: degC for a record-breaking temperature in Gisbourne last week
190: people were evacuated from China because of the Coronavirus - to be quarantined for two weeks in Whangaparaoa. Testing has confirmed that none have the virus
200,000: $ theft of honey from a family business, which is terrible. You would think someone would see someone walking out with those four jars
15m: $ spent by ACC on injured tourists over the last five years - a fantastic price to pay for not being able to sue people (generally) in NZ


Finance NZ Dollar

Since 14/12/2019 (56 days ago).
GBP 0.4965 (0.0012)
EUR 0.5848 (-0.0087)
USD 0.6401 (-0.0198)
AUD 0.9593 (-0.0005)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Brydone & Davidson
Chilly Bin Billionaires
New Zealand has long been heralded, mythologised (and of late, analysed) as a country that ‘rode to fortune on the sheep’s back’. The $4 billion+ export food industry of today might never have happened were it not for the innovation and wisdom shown by a group of legendary settlers of the 1880s led by William Davidson and Thomas Brydone. The next time you carve into a tender fillet of Kiwi lamb sirloin, now exported to more than 190 countries around the world, you might like to chew on the fascinating story of how the frozen meat export industry began; a story of technology, determination, vision and pioneering colonialism.
https://www.nzedge.com/legends/brydone-davidson/


Joke of the Weekender

Are you two twins?
No, why do you ask?
Because mommy dressed you both in the same clothes.
OK, that’s enough, your driver’s license, please.

 

Darren Harrison: darren@harrison.gen.nz
The Weekender: mailed weekly (Sunday nightish)
Website: www.dunwich.co.nz/weekender/
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The Weekender 01/02/2020

Welcome back, we've had a bit of a break with lots of things happening on weekends so far this year.


Sport

- NZ under-19 cricketers showed true sportsmanship when they helped a West Indies player off the field after he cramped up and couldn't walk
- There has been a lot of cricket but currently, India is touring and beating us in Twenty20 matches - including us losing on a Super over - again. Update: Last night we lost again. In the Super over. Again.
- The Silver Ferns survived a scare from Jamaica in the final of netball's inaugural Nations Cup to win the competition 67-56, they had beaten South Africa 48-41 and Jamaica 71-45
- Silver Ferns coach Noeline Taurua was named as a Dame in the New Years honours list
- Dame Valerie Adams threw 18.65m to qualify for her fifth Olympics
- The Wellington Blaze won their third Super Smash T20 title in a row, with the Wellington Women winning as well
- The NZ Breakers beat Melbourne United 90-68, and the Kings 88-81, but previously lost to the Taipans 85-79 and beat South East Melbourne Phoenix 97-92
- This week the NZ Breakers were led to a 113-89 thumping of the Adelaide 36ers, by captain Tom Abercrombie, keeping their ANBL finals hopes alive - but they have to keep winning
- Corey Webster has left the Breakers and was moving to China
- The Auckland Tuatara beat the Sydney Blue Sox 7-0 in their Australian Baseball League game
- Six sixes in an over for Leo Carter of the Canterbury Kings, becoming only the seventh cricketer to do that in top domestic level or higher
- The Chiefs kicked off their first game of Super Rugby last night against the Blues. The Blues had the momentum and a 14 point lead at half time, but then returning Chief Aaron Cruden stepped onto the park and led the Chiefs to a 29-37 victory.
- Dan Carter was named World rugby player of the decade
- Wellington Phoenix had at least a six-game unbeaten streak when they drew 2-2 with league leaders Sydney FC late last year
- Maria Folua has retired from netball and the Silver Ferns after playing 150 tests for NZ, winning a World Cup and two Commonwealth Games gold medals
- In Rugby Sevens, the Blackferns Women and the All Black Sevens completed the double, winning the men and women's round in South Africa, before heading to Hamilton last weekend and doing the same at home


NZ News

The government's big announcement recently was a massive spend up on infrastructure, but the South Island is getting just $249m for roading projects, compared to the North Island getting $5.3b. National leader Simon Bridges claimed that Labour copied his infrastructure plans in their $12b election bribe - I mean infrastructure spend up, but I think he should have just kept quiet and let others say that sort of thing. Climate change and Green leader James Shaw has defended the $12b spend up where roads are the winner, saying* that the Greens agree with bribing the country as long as they get voted back in. *Oh wait, maybe he didn't actually say that.

- One mother who lost her son in the Pike River Mine disaster has said that enough money has been poured into the re-entry - enough is enough
- New Zealand was embarrassed by not turning up to the global holocaust memorial event in Israel - Trevor Mallard says there were security issues
- A senior staffer to Minister Phil Twyford, owned a lobbying firm while working for the Minister, more proof this government isn't anything like transparent
- A company linked to NZ First says it met with Shane Jones months before Jones said he had heard of it
- Five Maori women leaders, including Dame Tariana Turia, have filed an urgent claim to the Waitangi Tribunal saying the government is underfunding Whanau Ora
- Dargaville's Blockbuster DVD and video rental store closes at the end of the month
- The British SAS here who led a team of SAS snipers on a daring rescue of hostages in the 1980 Iranian Embassy siege died in Dunedin Hospital
- New Year's honours include: Sir Steve Hansen
- Mark Lundy had his final bid to overturn his convictions unanimously declined by the Supreme Court


The Numbers Game

1: st in the world as the least corrupt country according to a major annual study
4: th biggest space programme in the world is right here in New Zealand, generating $1.7b for our economy in the 2018-19 financial year
5.5: magnitude earthquake off the coast of Coromandel
6: people drowned over the holiday period, two more than last year
6: people died on the road over the holiday period, three fewer than last year
7: crashes, two dead and eight injured just on the Taupo-Napier road over the Christmas holiday period
14: fruitflies caught by MPI at a cost of $1.3m per fly, and they came in just under budget
21: now the official death toll from the White Island eruption with another person dying this week
22: firefighters returned tired from helping with the Australian bush fires
38.2: degC in Gisborne yesterday, high temperatures continue across the country
40: kg of meth worth $24m from Mexico resulted in lengthy sentences for the three men caught in the South Island's biggest-ever meth bust
108: year-old Dunedin woman Moy Kim Ng has died, one of NZ's oldest people
196: km/h gust of wind on the edge of Hawke's Bay at Cape Turnagain
197: km eight-hour epic paragliding flight for Louis Tapper, setting a new national distance record
236: km/h on a motorbike wearing sneakers, cotton pants and no gloves, police were not impressed
336: lightning strikes in Dunedin in one afternoon
350: bags of rubbish picked up by a local Karangahake Gorge man in the past month
353: road toll for 2019, 24 fewer than last year but still way too high
1,700: kg of meth in a record year for customs and police
14,500: households on the public housing waiting list, as it hits a new high
15,000: more people on a benefit at the end of December, over last year - the government defended its record by saying* "that was the entire point of voting in a Labour government - getting more people on the dole" *they probably didn't say that
400,000: $ raised for victims of White Island
500,000: $ spent by the government advertising to teachers overseas, more than 500 teachers have moved to NZ and more than 860 have received relocation grants
5m: $ funding package from the Government for business affected by the White Island eruption
5.7m: parcels delivered by NZ Post between Black Friday and Christmas Day
100m: $ to be spent by the government building a new courthouse in Tauranga - a "courthouse of the future"


The Weekender NZer of the week

Judy Turner
Whakatane Mayor
Our friend Judy Turner won the mayoralty of Whakatane - a job which quickly changed from normal to horrific when White Island erupted. By all accounts, she has done a great job.
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12296439


Joke of the Weekender

When I look at chocolate, I hear two voices in my head.
The first one says: “You need to eat that chocolate.”
The other voice goes: “You heard. Eat the chocolate.”

 

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