The Weekender 10/03/2018

Hello, we have another storm coming apparently, but the last few days have been hot.


Last weekend in Super Rugby the Crusaders beat the Stormers 45-28, and the Hurricanes beat the Jaguares 34-9. The Chief's horrific injury toll climbed when the lost Atu Moli for the season in the win against the Blues. During the week John Plumtree was announced as coach for the Hurricanes, and Damien McKenzie committed to NZ Rugby for another three years - a big win for NZ because that is two years past the World Cup.
This weekend kicked off with the Highlanders beating the Stormers 33-15.

So the ODI between the Black Caps and England wasn't the final last weekend, it was a five-match ODI series. England won the game last weekend, setting up the midweek as a must win. England batted first in the fourth game and amassed a huge 335-9 and when the two openers when for zero, it wasn't looking good. But that was when Ross Taylor stepped up. He had support from Kane Williamson, then Tom Latham, briefly Colin de Grandhomme, and finally Henry Nichols as he reached 181, even after seriously injuring his leg just after his century. The final result was a five-wicket win for the Black Caps and game on for the final match. The final match was tonight and the Black Caps batting first, reached just 223, losing by seven wickets.

  • In the English Premier League, Chris Wood scored the winner for Burnley beating Everton 2-1, while Winston Reid has been ruled out of the remainder of the season for West Ham.
  • In the Winter Paralympics, Corey Peters has claimed a bronze medal for NZ in the men's downhill sitting event.
  • Shane van Gisbergen won both races last week in the opening round of the Aussie V8's.
  • Nick Willis has been forced to pull out of the Commonwealth Games, coming up in the Gold Coast.
  • The NZ Breakers didn't fire in their first semifinal game, going down 88-77 to Melbourne, and were beaten by a stunning buzzer beater 88-86 in the second.
  • Tom Walsh has defended his IAAF World Champ title with a throw of 22.31m, almost a metre further than his competitors.

NZ News

So we always thought it was always going to be a struggle tying together this government and that is proving the case. After the irrational, but strong, negative response to the TPPA from Labour and the Greens, Labours sudden reversal (of a deal they barely touched other than signing) is proving a bit difficult to swallow for their coalition partners with Green MP Goliz Ghahraman protesting the deal as "essentially the same as before". Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, "It's not perfect but it's good enough".

More and more people have come out against the government's plan to ban foreign houses, but it is unlikely the government will take any notice. The latest is American billionaire Ric Kayne who is planning on expanding his golf course (widely regarded as one of the best in the world) but has said the plans will be over if the government goes ahead. Northland and Otago have also pointed out the economic advantages to the regions.

Steven Joyce is leaving Parliament but gives a vote of confidence to Simon Bridges. He has had a large number of roles during his time and was very experienced. But that brings me to my discussion point for the week. During the John Key era, the left-leaning media were surprisingly quiet. I don't know why but it certainly showed in the polls, National could do no wrong, and there was no opposition. But since Ardern provided a spark for Labour (despite no change in policies), the left-leaning media has come out in force. The prime example this week was the headline "Steven Joyce's hissy fit not surprising". The claim was he was leaving because he wouldn't be getting the Finance port folio. The reality, based on a pretty clear comment from the man himself, he wasn't upset and it wasn't the reason for leaving. That is one example, and it's not surprising, but it has been going on for months.

The Numbers Game

18.8: C was the average temperature for summer, 2.1C above the average, and surpassing the 18.5C of 1934-1935
2.58m: $ spent by Labour for the election, $3.85/vote vs National's $3.40/vote ($2.55m)
3m: (almost) NZers completed the census online by the deadline
1b: $ worth of drugs stopped by Customs at the border in the last year.

Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5261 (0.0002)
EUR 0.5910 (0.0016)
USD 0.7275 (0.0027)
AUD 0.9310 (-0.0034)

The Weekender NZer of the week

William Atack
William Harrington Atack, of Canterbury, was the first sports referee in the world to use a whistle to stop a game.
Today the referee’s whistle is a ubiquitous feature in sport. It now seems logical and obvious, but it was a New Zealander who first thought of it in June 1884.

Joke of the Weekender

Wife says to her programmer husband, "Go to the store and buy a loaf of bread. If they have eggs, buy a dozen."
Husband returns with 12 loaves of bread.


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