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The Weekender 14/12/2019

Hello, I will be taking a break from the Weekender over Christmas and New Year, and I've got a holiday in January as well, so the Weekender may be a bit intermittent, but I'll do catch-ups when I can.


Sport

The Black Caps are now in Australia and in the middle of a day/night test match but aren't finding things as easy as they did against England.

At the annual NZ Rugby awards, Ardie Savea has been named the New Zealand rugby player of the year.
Ian Foster has been named as the new All Blacks coach. The former AB's assistant coach had been shoulder tapped by the previous coach, but there was strong competition from Crusaders coach Scott Robertson.

New Zealand basketball has named Tall Blacks legend Pero Cameron as the head coach.
The NZ Breakers on again-off again with Glen Rice Junior seems to be finished with the Breakers terminating his contract with immediate effect after he breached his bail conditions.

The recent track cycling world cup meet at the Cambridge velodrome saw NZ win five gold medals and eight total.


NZ News

The biggest news of the week was undoubtedly the eruption of White Island, with around 50 sightseers there. The boat left with nine people unaccounted for and presumed dead, and five of those who were evacuated were too injured to survive. Experts have said that the gas from an eruption could kill just by taking a single breath. Yesterday an elite army group launched a body recovery mission and retrieved the seven bodies they knew about, but there is one more on land and one in the water. The death toll from those who were immediately evacuated had also risen to eight.

The government was callous enough soon after the eruption, to try and slip a few big announcements through. They've decided that the Port of Auckland should move north. Also, the Health minister defended his 76 appointments to District Health Boards - including a chairman from Palmerston North (?) for West Coast who expects only to be needed for monthly or six-weekly meetings - clearly no idea. Labour had seemed like they wanted to revamp the idea of District Health Boards but presumably, now they are going to keep them around - stacked with their own people. National is vowing to bring back health targets and is contemplating the future of DHB's. 
The government talked more about their plan to bribe people to vote - I mean borrow to increase infrastructure spending, and they plan to borrow $19b over the next five years and spend $12b on infrastructure split across roading (ha!), rail, schools and healthcare. They expect the spending to increase the size of the economy by $10b over the next five years. See what they did there? That extra $2b must be to bribe NZ First into another government - either that or Labour can't count.
National leader Simon Bridges has accused the government of screwing up the economy after Treasury revealed that the economy would be going into a deficit next year. They are forecasting a $900m deficit - down from a $1.3b surplus. Treasury also expects $12b worth of surpluses over the next four years, but Labour is wasting that and borrowing more than twice as much!

A man was taken to Hastings hospital with critical injuries after he saved the life of a toddler when a car crossed onto the wrong side of a road in a hit & run. He pushed the pram to safety before being hit by the car.


The Numbers Game

5.3: magnitude earthquake struck 25 km south of Gisbourne
13: people died on the roads over last weekend (including Monday), a shocking weekend
1,000: people were stranded in Franz Josef after the wild weather resulted in roads north and south of the township being closed for up to a week


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.4953 (-0.0047)
EUR 0.5935 (-0.0002)
USD 0.6600 (0.0033)
AUD 0.9597 (-0.0002)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Sir Peter Snell
Famed New Zealand Olympic middle-distance runner Sir Peter Snell has died, age 80.
Sir Peter George Snell KNZM OBE (17 December 1938 – 12 December 2019) was a New Zealand middle-distance runner. He won three Olympic gold medals and is the only male since 1920 to have won the 800 and 1500 metres at the same Olympics, in 1964.

Snell had a relatively short career as a world-famous international sportsman, 1960-1965, yet achieved so much that he was voted New Zealand's "Sports Champion of the (20th) Century" and was one of 24 inaugural members of the International Association of Athletics Federations Hall Of Fame named in 2012. A protégé of the New Zealand athletics coach Arthur Lydiard, Snell is known for the three Olympic and two Commonwealth Games gold medals he won, and the several world records he set.
https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/sport/405484/olympic-middle-distance-runner-s...


Joke of the Weekender

Bob: "Holy schmoozes, I just fell off a 30 ft ladder."
Jim: "No way man, are you okay?"
Bob: "Yeah, luckily I was just on the first step."

 

Darren Harrison: darren@harrison.gen.nz
The Weekender: mailed weekly (Sunday nightish)
Website: www.dunwich.co.nz/weekender/
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The Weekender 07/12/2019

Welcome along, we are getting closer to the end of the year!


Sport

The Black Caps drew the second test and thus won the test match series against England. Australia is next.

The Wellington Phoenix won their second game in a row with a 1-2 win over Adelaide United.

The Silver Ferns have been awarded the Londsdale Cup from the New Zealand Olympic Committee in recognition of their World Cup success.

The NZ Breakers have un-indefinitely suspended American import, Glen Rice Jnr, putting him in the lineup against Cairns. Perhaps they found out some more details about the alleged assault. It didn't help them though losing 108-90.


NZ News

As we get closer to a year before the elections, it seems that PM Jacinda Ardern has learnt some lessons from former-PM Helen Clark with her last winning election - you can easily use other people's money to buy an election.
The party have abandoned the pre-election "Budget Responsibility Rules", and they are planning on borrowing billions for infrastructure projects - but didn't National do the same when they were in power? Yes, they did, but times were completely different. National did it during a global financial crisis and kept NZ's economy strong. Labour has blown a strong economy during a time of 'plenty' and is talking about borrowing near the end of an election term, and the way they've been spending (or perhaps the way NZ First has been spending) seems random and unnecessary.
Take for example this week's announcement and perhaps the first election bribe of $396 million for almost every school in the country for infrastructure. Firstly, I say almost, because the newly integrated Hamilton Christian School isn't on the list, and the Destiny Church school isn't there either, and the fully integrated Waipa Christian School doesn't get anything - they seem like targetted exceptions rather than random. Secondly, this is an example of random spending. The reason it is a bribe rather than useful spending is that the amount the schools get seems related to school size rather than need. Rich schools in Auckland are getting more than poor schools that could do with infrastructure spending. It gets worse. It is a "use it or lose it" deal. So that means the money will be wasted on stuff that isn't actually needed just to use it up.

The Police announced a data breach this week when legitimate access to the online platform allowed someone to see all gun owner details.

This week the government said it will ban foreign donations to political parties and candidates over $50 to try and "protect New Zealand from foreign interference".

The Australian fires have been terrible, and aside from a faint orange haze over here, it has also been noticed that our glaciers are turning pink.

Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi has been accused of favouritism after he promised a long-time friend to help with an immigration case.


The Numbers Game

15: % increase on overseas prices with new rules where companies doing more than $60,000 worth of business in NZ must now charge GST
46: % for National in the latest One News poll meaning they could (with help from ACT) govern, Labour 39%, Green 7%, NZ First 4%, ACT 2%
9.6m: $ from the Government's Provincial slush fund to fully tarseal the Forgotten World Highway - such a shame


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5000 (0.0035)
EUR 0.5937 (0.0112)
USD 0.6567 (0.0149)
AUD 0.9600 (0.0110)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Godfrey Bowen
With a history steeped in agriculture, it is natural that New Zealand’s farmers, shepherds and shearers have become known throughout the world for their skill and toughness. Many have travelled, to teach and work in foreign countries, but few have been invited to Buckingham Palace, appeared on late-night American television or been honoured by the leader of the Soviet Union. Only one: Godfrey Bowen.
https://www.nzedge.com/legends/endurance/godfrey-bowen/


Joke of the Weekender

Everybody knows 40 is the new 30, right? But the police officer giving me a speeding ticket couldn’t be persuaded.

 

Darren Harrison: darren@harrison.gen.nz
The Weekender: mailed weekly (Sunday nightish)
Website: www.dunwich.co.nz/weekender/
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The Weekender 30/11/2019

Another week and it's almost December.


Sport

The England cricket team are touring and last week the Black Caps won the first test match by an innings and 65 runs. England batted first and reached 353 with Ben Stokes highest at 91. NZ didn't start particularly well, although Kane Williamson got a half-century, but then BJ Wattling and Michell Santner combined for a 261-run partnership. Mitch got his maiden ton and BJ got a double century. Then near the end of the fourth day when NZ declared at 615/9, Mitch and BJ combined again with Mitch taking three wickets. The final day saw England all out for 197 with Denly top-scoring with 35.

Wellington Phoenix got their first A-League win for the season with a 2-1 win over the Brisbane Roar.

Scott McLaughlin was crowned the 2019 Supercars Champion last weekend after the final race at Newcastle.


NZ News

There have been a number of Erebus 40 year anniversary events this week. Hundreds gathered at Auckland's Holy Trinity Cathedral, and as I headed home from the Auckland Airport on Thursday there was a ceremony happening there as well. The Government and Air New Zealand have apologised to the families of the 257 people who died in the 1979 disaster.

A hostage situation in Tauranga resulted in police having no option but to shoot the man dead. The family were taken to hospital but were all OK health-wise.


The Numbers Game

5.9: magnitude earthquake in the Bay of Plenty was felt across the North Island
8: th most connected country in the OECD is New Zealand - the first phase of UFB was completed one month ahead of schedule and within budget
11.46: % increase in the tobacco excise tax has resulted in New Zealand First invoking the "Agree to Disagree" coalition agreement with Labour to publicly oppose the increase
35: deaths in Samoa from measles, blamed on NZ's lax handling of our measles outbreak
12,000: more people will receive mental health training over the next four years the government announced this week
2.2m: Lime scooter rides in Auckland
2,935,597: km travelled in Auckland on Lime scooters
4.4m: Lime scooter rides across NZ for a total of 6.4m km


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.4965 (-0.0028)
EUR 0.5825 (0.0011)
USD 0.6419 (0.0010)
AUD 0.9490 (0.0043)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Archibald McIndoe
Motivated by a desire to be more than just an ordinary doctor, Archibald Hector McIndoe pursued greatness and became much more than an ordinary surgeon. Appointed plastic surgeon to the Royal Air Force in the midst of World War II, McIndoe brought plastic surgery to the forefront of burns treatment and became a pioneer of what is more commonly known today as ‘therapeutic community’. As noted by one of his patients; “McIndoe, as well as being a great surgeon, was also a great psychologist”.
https://www.nzedge.com/legends/archibald-mcindoe/


Joke of the Weekender

How many gorillas can fit into a car? Eight.
How many chickens can fit into the car? None, the car is already full of gorillas.

 

Darren Harrison: darren@harrison.gen.nz
The Weekender: mailed weekly (Sunday nightish)
Website: www.dunwich.co.nz/weekender/
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The Weekender 23/11/2019

Hi. sorry for the missing issues of The Weekender. My Dad passed away on the 8th, so it has been a hectic time.


Sport

- It seems like an age ago, but South Africa won the Rugby World Cup beating a very flat England team 32-12
- Former Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has been announced as the new Rugby Australia coach.
- Warren Gatland took himself out of the running to coach the All Blacks, sticking to the Chiefs and Lions tour of Sth Africa - although he does want to coach them sometime
- Aaron Cruden has announced he is returning to the Chiefs for the 2020 season
- NZ Breakers have indefinitely suspended American import, Glen Rice Junior after he was charged with assault from an incident outside an Auckland bar
- Michael Venus and his Sth African doubles partner finished up second in the ATP Finals in London
- The Tall Ferns fell 69-65 to South Korea in their game for a shot at the Tokyo Olympics, they had earlier beaten the Philippines 111-54
- Paul Coll came second in the world squash champs in Qatar
- The Wellington Phoenix grabbed their first A-League point with a 1-1 draw against the Melbourne Victory
- Scott McLaughlin won the Aussie V8 Championship with a race to spare
- Today's race for this weekend's final Aussie V8 round saw the three kiwis finish on top - Shane van Gisbergen, McLaughlin and Fabian Coulthard
- The Kiwis beat Great Britain 23-8 to win the league series 2-0
- Sonny Bill Wiliams confirmed a big-money ($10m) move to the new Toronto Wolfpack rugby league team
- The Black Sticks men made it to the Olympics beating South Korea 3-0 in Taranaki
- At Eden Park the Tongan rugby league team had a historic 16-12 upset win over Australia
- Kiwi Bayern Munich player Sarpreet Singh has been called up to join the first team


NZ News

The government's latest issue has been around coalition partner New Zealand First and the previously well-hidden New Zealand First Foundation which has apparently accepted a large number of donations that were never registered as party donations. The interesting part is that they are all dodging questions and avoiding the media, which just makes everyone think there is something dodgy going on. Winston Peters went on the attack calling reporters "psycho", "stupid" and "psychologically maladjusted" - which makes it seem more plausible that NZ First has been illegally getting donations for years. Peters' lawyer has threatened to sue National for $30m if they repeat the claims outside of parliament - but still, no one is saying how what they've done is legal. Jacinda Ardern is refusing to say anything, tellingly she has also refused to say whether she has confidence in the Deputy Prime Minister or not.

- The government announced that prisoners serving less than three years will be able to vote in the 2020 election. I wonder what you have to do to get three years?
- The Grace Millane court case finished up with a verdict of murder
- Prince Charles and Camilla toured NZ this week finishing up in Christchurch
- Green MP Gareth Hughes will be retiring at the next election
- An obesity expert has attacked the Governments new anti-obesity plan saying it is window-dressing
- The government's anti-obesity plan includes banning junk food adverts around schools
- Winston Peters court case against his own government departments and National MPs continues but he now accepts it wasn't the National MPs who released his superannuation overpayment information
- The Wellington election is over with previous Mayor Justin Lester being denied a recount
- NZ has had noticeable smoke & dust from the catastrophic Australian bushfires in NSW and QLD
- There has been a 46% increase in electricity hardship payments - but true to form the government (after two years) blamed the previous government


The Numbers Game

1: # voted bird of the year in New Zealand is the Hoiho
32.2: degC in Hawke's Bay with roads melting and fires burning
34.5: degC in Kawerau a couple of days earlier
3,300: lightning strikes across NZ
100,000: $ spent by Tourism NZ for Stephen Colbert's NZ trip - that will probably get us a great return on the investment
15.8m: $ set aside by the Napier City Council for a new permanent library
23m: $ lost to online scams by NZers 
170m: $ higher deficit total for the District Health Boards than the government previously admitted


Finance NZ Dollar

Since 02/11/2019 (21 days ago).
GBP 0.4993 (0.0026)
EUR 0.5814 (0.0071)
USD 0.6408 (-0.0020)
AUD 0.9447 (0.0143)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Harold Gillies
“Rhinoplasty, skin grafts, and facial reconstructions have been practised for centuries. However, it was New Zealander Harold Delf Gillies who standardised these techniques and established the discipline of ‘plastic surgery’. In 1920, his textbook “Plastic Surgery of the Face” was published, setting down the principles of modern plastic surgery; principles which were adopted by surgeons from every part of the world. The British Medical Journal described it as “one of the most notable contributions made to surgical literature in our day”.The New York Medical Journal said that “his are the greatest of all contributions to the advance of this interesting reparative work.”
https://www.nzedge.com/legends/harold-gillies/


Joke of the Weekender

I asked my daughter if she’d seen my newspaper. She told me that newspapers are old school. She said that people use tablets nowadays and handed me her iPad. The fly didn’t stand a chance. 

 

Darren Harrison: darren@harrison.gen.nz
The Weekender: mailed weekly (Sunday nightish)
Website: www.dunwich.co.nz/weekender/
{If these just fill up your junk mail, then send me an email & I'll take you off the list | The Weekender is not a verified news source, sometimes it's even just an opinion}

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