The Weekender 17/11/2018

Welcome along, we have had an amazing blue sky week, but it looks like next weekend will be a bit colder.


Last weekend the All Blacks beat England by one point in a controversial ending - well if you didn't actually read the rules and look at where the offside happened. England shot out to a 15-0 lead in 25 minutes and it wasn't looking good in wet conditions. But the All Blacks hit back twice before halftime, held England scoreless from the 25-minute mark and won with a penalty and Beauden Barrett's first international drop goal. Damian McKenzie did some amazing footwork, and Brad Shields was everywhere. Oh wait that's right, the New Zealand born Wellington captain, raised and trained in NZ was playing for England.
This weekend the big match is tomorrow morning at 8 am against world number two Ireland.
The Maori All Blacks had a very tough game before running away with a 3-35 win over Brazil. Ireland beat Argentina 28-17 and Wales beat Australia 9-6. Scotland beat Fiji 54-17
In national rugby, Tana Umaga has stood down as head coach of the Blues, opting to focus on his passion of defence coaching (for the Blues). He is being replaced by Leon MacDonald. Niko Jones, son of Michael Jones has been signed by Auckland and New Zealand Rugby for the All Black Sevens.
New Zealand has won the right to host the 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup. It was close and Rugby Australia thought they would win but the passion from the New Zealand contingent won the day.

The Kiwi finally stood up to England last weekend and thrashed them 34-0 in the final league test. So I think that means we win the series with combines scores of Kiwis 64 England 38.

The NZ Breakers beat Brisbane 85-84 after Tom Abercrombie sunk a buzzer-beater. But last night were beaten 108-101 by Melbourne United in Invercargill.

The final ODI against Pakistan was rained out (in the desert!) but Ross Taylor did enough to rise in the ICC rankings to a career-high of third.
The White Ferns haven't been doing too well in the women's Twenty20 World Cup, but have beaten Pakistan. They scored 144 for six and then Pakistan was bowled out for 90.
Brendon McCullum and Corey Anderson have both been dropped by their Indian Premier League teams.

New Zealand won its first game at the under-17 women's football World Cup in Uruguay. It was a 1-0 over Finland. The second match saw NZ upset Uruguay 2-1 to qualify for the knockout stage for the first time.

Danny Lee has finished second in the PGA in Mexico.

The Auckland baseball team, the Tuatara's had their first match in the Australian Baseball League, falling 8-4 to Perth.

The Black Sticks men have beaten Malaysia 2-1 in the opening match of their three-match series.

NZ News

This week has been a week of teacher strikes starting in Auckland on Monday and working down the country, returning to Wellington today. And the news today is that the Primary school teachers will join with Secondary school teachers in striking if they don't get what they want.
But the week started with what I'm sure is the government on full attack. The Education Minister Chris Hipkins made a press release accusing the teachers of increasing their demands each time the government made a concession and giving the news the throwaway line that most Kiwis would appreciate a $9,500 pay hike. There was also a story just before the strikes which I'm sure either came from the government or at least from Labour sympathisers and designed to limit any strike support that claimed the teachers were going on strike simply because the government's offer came too late and they had already arranged meeting locations. Teachers are professionals but certainly aren't being treated like it.

The Health Minister David Clark this week scrapped plans that National had started on to create a third medical school at Waikato University, focused on training rural doctors. The Health Minister claimed that the Government had other ideas on how to attract more doctors to the regions - but of course, they haven't told anyone their brilliant ideas.

Very soon after the Government banned letting fees, it seems that property managers have adapted with tenancy fees and admin fees to replace them. The government may struggle to legislate against capitalism, but no doubt they will continue to try.

Waikato Councils will decide on whether to fund a passenger rail service between Hamilton and Auckland. The startup cost is expected to be $57.77m, which by my estimate would be about $500,000 per passenger trip (based on last time they tried this).

The government announced this week that they would re-enter Pike River, but they've only promised to go to 2 km where the rock fall was. The fact that people walked out indicates that they won't actually find anything as it's pretty well known that those that died were well beyond the 2 km rock fall. So it seems that it may be like most of the government's fact-finding missions - expensive and not able to tell us anything new in the end.

The opposition is claiming that the government's Kiwi Build is "on life support" after information came out that while the government has signed contracts with builders for 3,375 house, there are only 388 pre-qualified KiwiBuild applicants.

The Numbers Game

1: # most popular book for the last decade is Hairy Maclary
11: times a Christchurch man voted at the last elections - he claimed he didn't know you couldn't vote more than once
61: meetings by Shane Jones weren't disclosed and 20 corrections in extraordinary "clerical mismatches"
190: kg of cocaine found by Police in a record drug bust
14,000: ACC injury claims for boxing in three years
160,000: $ worth of seedlings (1,000,000) for the Government's 1 billion trees, were mulched after the land they were bought for was unsuitable
1.6b: $ government science program had a review and the government is refusing to release is, scientists are questioning why they are so secretive

Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5357 (+0.0163)
EUR 0.6023 (+0.0078)
USD 0.6879 (+0.0140)
AUD 0.9383 (+0.0061)

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Michael Corballis
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