March 2020

The Weekender 21/03/2020

Welcome to our 10th Wedding Anniversary!


Sport

Well, there is a little bit of sport from last weekend but basically it has all stopped.

Australia beat us in the first Chappell-Hadlee match played without any fans in Australia. I watched some of the game and it was very weird having no crowd. Also interesting when the players had to go looking for a ball hit for a six - with no crowd to throw it back! But then the series was postponed and the Black Caps came home.

The Highlanders were supposed to play the Jaguares to an empty stadium, but with the government introducing a two-week self-isolation period to all incoming passengers, the Highlanders called off the game when they couldn't get back in time. The Crusaders thrashed the Sunwolves in probably now their last ever game in Super Rugby 49-14 in Brisbane in a relocated match. And then Super Rugby was suspended.

The Wellington Phoenix were in impressive form when they beat Melbourne Victory 3-0 and have based themselves in Australia, so they can continue to play in the A-League - if it continues.

The ANZ Premiership continued the longest with the Waikato/BOP Magic beating the Southern Steel 48-54 in Dunedin. It's now finished.


NZ News

I was looking at Stuff the other day and they have a top 10 stories - every single one was about the coronavirus - Covid-19. NZ and Singapore have announced an agreement to keep supply chains open like medical supplies. This afternoon PM Jacinda Ardern announced a new alert system and we are on Level 2 (max is 4). Those over 70 should stay at home, restrictions on mass gatherings (100 people), physical distance on public transport, limit non-essential travel around the country and work from home. Previously, the government had closed the borders to everyone except citizens and residents. New Zealanders travelling overseas have been urged to return home. The government announced a support package worth $12b, made up from $8.7b for businesses and jobs, $2.8b for income support, $500m for health.
New Zealand currently has 52 cases with a couple of those who haven't travelled overseas.
Local Hamilton brewery has shut down one of its whiskey lines and has started to produce hand sanitiser.

Unfortunately, while the rest of the world's governments were focused on important matters (virus response), our government was focusing on pushing through some of the most liberal abortion laws in the world. Only a few years ago the Green Party demanded changes to block barbaric abortion of calves - but they were front and centre pushing through law changes that give humans far far fewer rights.


The Numbers Game

3: mm of rain in the past couple of days
5: c drop in petrol prices due to change in usage with the coronavirus


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.4890 (-0.0052)
EUR 0.5292 (-0.0150)
USD 0.5697 (-0.0367)
AUD 0.9833 (0.0022)


The Weekender NZer of the week

William Hudson
The Snowy Mountains (Australia) Hydro-Electric Scheme, begun in 1949, was 25 years in construction and remains one the world’s great engineering and social achievements. Attaining its goal of irrigating the arid Australian interior for food production, and generating hydro-electricity, it also dramatically changed the nature of Australian culture.
https://www.nzedge.com/legends/william-hudson/


Joke of the Weekender

“Mom, don't get alarmed, but I’m at the hospital.”
“Son, please. You’ve been a surgeon there for 8 years now. Can we start our phone calls differently?”

 

Darren Harrison: darren@harrison.gen.nz
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The Weekender 14/03/2020

Welcome to the Weekender


Sport

Last weekend in Super Rugby, the Highlanders were leading 5-10 at half-time against the Bulls but lost 38-15 and the Hurricanes had some shocking discipline allowing the Blues to win 24-15.
We went along to the Chiefs last night as they hosted the Hurricanes and after some bad calls by the ref narrowly lost 24-27 when Jordie Barrett kicked a penalty four minutes after full time. Even normally staid coach Warren Gatland noted that the Chiefs shouldn't have been penalised, and in seemingly typical Hurricanes style (these days), captain TJ Perenara led his team by showing them how to do high tackles. It was easily a red card, but he only got a yellow.

The Wellington Phoenix have hammered the Central Coast Mariners 3-1 in the Aussie A-League. The win keeps the Phoenix in the top four.

Israel Adesanya successfully defended his UFC middleweight championship this week but the fight was a rather underwhelming main event.

The Black Caps took on Australia last night in empty stands at the MCG for the first game in the Chappell-Hadlee series and lost by 71 runs. To add to things Lockie Ferguson has been placed in isolation after picking up a sore throat.

Race records were smashed at the Ironman New Zealand in Taupo last weekend.  The women's event was won by kiwi Teresa Adams taking 13 minutes off the course record while Brit Joe Skipper won the men's race.

Four-time Olympian Blyth Tait has retired from equestrian. In 1992 he became World No 1 and held that position for 10-years. He won individual gold at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, team silver in Barcelona and two Olympic bronze medals and also one the Burghley Horse Trials twice.


NZ News

We had some good rain Monday which has definitely started things turning green again, but more is needed and it's another blue sky day today.

The Huntly Expressway was opened on Monday last week, I will be making use of it today!

The government announced that Andrew Coster would become the new Police Commissioner.

John Tamihere has been confirmed as a Maori Party candidate for the upcoming general election. He was last in Parliament 15 years ago and lost his seat to the then Maori Party co-leader Sir Pita Sharples.

There have been no more confirmed coronavirus cases in New Zealand in the last week. The government's response was again in question when on Tuesday the Finance Minister Grant Robertson said he's had no official advice to suggest New Zealand is heading towards a recession as a result of the coronavirus, only for announcements to be made later that day. Yesterday he said that New Zealand is "in the eye of the storm".

National has started releasing details of their economic plans including cutting unnecessary Government red-tape, promising to get rid of 100 regulations in six months.


The Numbers Game

188: cpl for petrol with prices plummetting
458.2: kmh was the top speed with 363.436 kmh being the new New Zealand land speed record with Royal Air Force technician Sergeant Dean Hart in a jet-powered dragster
746: degC the hottest temperature ever recorded at White Island this week in the lava lobes
8,900: $ average spending on travel, food and accommodation by the Provincial Growth Fund staff - a total of $1.03m
9,000: people had self-isolated themselves due to the flu, I mean coronavirus, 54 hospital staff are in isolation, along with doctors and police with unthinking people turning up
9,816: $ average spending on air travel by Non-ministerial Green MP's, NZ First $8,059, National $7,332 and Labour $6,499
94,000: Wellington homes without power after an explosion at a Lower Hutt sub-station
2.7m: $ held by the Quit Group "charity" for over five years is to be paid out they say - they've been sitting on it, paying board members a combined $72,000/year for doing nothing - after a Taxpayers Union investigation
10m: $ more for North Island drought relief


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.4942 (0.0071)
EUR 0.5443 (-0.0189)
USD 0.6064 (-0.0292)
AUD 0.9811 (0.0241)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Joseph Sinel
At a unique junction where the means of industrial production met a burgeoning consumer culture, New Zealander Joseph (Jo) Sinel recognized the need for new paradigm definition. He made use of a new term to reflect the age and his vocation. It was 1919 and the term was ‘Industrial Design’. It was a nifty neologism that captured how technology and art came together to create designs for life.
https://www.nzedge.com/legends/joseph-sinel/


Joke of the Weekender

The police stops a computer hardware engineer: “Your light isn’t working. You have to get off your bike.”
IT guy: “I tried that but the light still isn’t working.”

 

Darren Harrison: darren@harrison.gen.nz
The Weekender: mailed weekly (Sunday nightish)
Website: www.dunwich.co.nz/weekender/
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The Weekender 07/03/2020

Hello, hope you've had a good week.


Sport

The Black Caps wrapped up the cricket test match series against India by winning the second test by seven wickets and the series 2-0. India batted first and reached 242 with Virat Kohli continuing his lean run with just 3, and Tim Southee picking up five wickets. New Zealand replied with 235 with 52 for opener Tom Latham and a valuable 49 by number 9 Kyle Jamieson. Then with India back in Trent Boult picked up four wickets and everyone joined in to restrict them to only 124. NZ easily reached 132 with openers Tom Latham and Tom Blundell getting half-centuries.
The White Ferns have fallen short at the Women's T20 Cricket World Cup after they narrowly lost to Australia.

In Super Rugby, the Blues had a good weekend last week getting back to back wins in South Africa when they convincingly beat the Stormers 14-33 in Cape Town.
This weekend the Waratah's Kiwi coach Rob Penny let loose after his team was embarrassed by a fantastic second-half performance by the Chiefs in Australia. The Waratahs were ahead 14-13 at half-time, but in the second half, a double in two minutes from Brad Webber was just the start as the Chiefs piled on 38 unanswered points to win 14-51. In the other trans-tasman game, the Queensland Red's Kiwi coach Brad Thorn was very upset when the Reds were narrowly beaten away to the Crusaders 24-20. The Brumbies also thrashed the Sunwolves 14-47.

The Football Ferns have advanced to the semi-finals of the Algarve Cup in Portugal after they beat Belgium in a penalty shootout.

Tom Walsh has claimed his 11th straight National shot put title, but Dame Valerie Adams was beaten by Canadian Brittany Crew although she did claim the National title.


NZ News

Former Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons has died unexpectedly from a stroke, aged 75.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had to pull NZ First Minister Shane Jones into line during the week after he was critical of Indian students and their impact on educational institutions. She went further today, telling people they should vote appropriately at the elections!

There was supposed to be strike action by Auckland bus drivers this week, but the night before the action it was announced that the strike was postponed after an offer of mediation.

The coronavirus numbers have jumped in NZ. I think we started the week on 2 and we are now on four with the first person-to-person transfer. Previously it had just been people who had been out of the country. The government doesn't exactly seem to be handling things well with one announcement being from the person via the paper, rather than through official channels, and eventually the Ministry of Health catching up. As with Australia, parts of NZ has seen panic buying of toilet paper. No one is quite sure why toilet paper is top of the list though. Update: Another announced today, that's five.

We got a day or two of good rain last weekend. Everything is still very very dry, but some more rain will go a long way to getting NZ green again.


The Numbers Game

7: sailors have been selected for the Olympics
7,015: teachers aged 65 or older, up from 3,070 in 2008
450,000: $ fine for a Wellington fishing company after their overloaded vessel sank off Kaikoura - they had 28 tonnes of fish rather than the allowed 5 tonnes
101m: $ dent on criminal activity made by the police in 2019 by the Police Asset Recovery Unit in restrained assets including bank accounts


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.4871 (-0.0004)
EUR 0.5632 (-0.0036)
USD 0.6357 (0.0106)
AUD 0.9570 (-0.0007)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Jennifer Ward-Lealand
Jennifer Ward-Lealand Te Atamira named Kiwibank’s New Zealander of the Year.
New Zealander of the Year patron and former Prime Minister Jim Bolger said Ward-Lealand was an “outstanding choice” for the award.
“Her devotion to the performing arts sector has profoundly shaped the industry to better look after its people and represent New Zealand more authentically.
https://www.nzedge.com/news/jennifer-ward-lealand-te-atamira-named-kiwibanks-new-zealander-year/


Joke of the Weekender

My SMS autocorrect just changed "I’m so concerned with existential anxieties it is difficult to breathe" to "I feel great".

 

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