The Weekender 19/01/2019

Welcome to the New Year, I've had a good break, but here is some of what has been going on.


The Track Cycling World Cup is in Cambridge and the Kiwis made their mark with a dominant win in the men's team pursuit with a near world record ride. The women also won gold in the team pursuit. On the opening night Ethan Mitchell, Sam Webster and Eddie Dawkins won the gold for the men's team sprint.

The Wellington Phoenix beat Central Coast 3-2 to set a club record of eight games without a loss. They also had a 3-2 win over Western Sydney and a 4-1 win over Brisbane.
NZ's genuine legend Wynton Rufer is out of a coma and recovering from a heart attack the other week.
Chris Wood has played a leading hand to help Burnley out of the relegation zone in the English Premier League.

New Zealand women's hockey coach Mark Hager has resigned and will take over as coach of the Great Britain and England women's teams. He has been at the centre of a review but there isn't any suggestion he was pushed out. He has led the Black Sticks to their most successful period in the last ten years.

The Black Caps wrapped up the test series with a good win. NZ 178 & 585/4 declared, beat Sri Lanka 104 & 236.
In the first ODI, the Black Caps scored 371/7 with a Martin Guptill 138. The Black Caps won the second ODI by 21 runs after Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera almost won the game for them. Sri Lanka were 128 for seven, but Perera's 140 almost changed the game. The Black Caps scored 364 in the third ODI with Ross Taylor and Henry Nichols centuries for a 116-run win. The Black Caps scored (a record I think) 1054 runs in three ODI's. The Black Caps won the one-off Twenty20 match against Sri Lanka by 35 runs. Sri Lanka left without a win from the two tests, three ODI's and single Twenty20 match. NZ was at 55-5 before Doug Bracewell (44 off 26) and Scott Kuggelijn (35 off 15) combined to turn things around.

Kiwi Richie Stanaway will have a drive in the Aussie V8's in 2019 after being picked up by Garry Rogers Motorsport to replace former champion Garth Tander.

The NZ Breakers beat top of the table Perth 97-84 with import Shawn Long leading the way. They also beat the Adelaide 36ers 104-96.

NZ News

Tim Shadbolt was delighted and surprised at receiving a Knighthood for services to local government and the community - surprised because of his "colourful past". Sir Stephen Tindall has been given this year's highest honour - he is being made a Kight Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Olympic Medalist Barbara Kendall was made a Companion of the NZ Order of Merit. 

The Numbers Game

0.84: degC above average for the mean 2018 temperature - above 1998 but behind 2016
11: missions for Auckland Rescue Helicopters in 24 hours
24: earthquakes in a swarm has hit Northland in the last month
26: % drop in preventable drownings in 2018
150: $ fine for Labour MP and former police union boss Greg O'Connor for failing to keep left while driving
302: kg blue marlin caught by a teenager from Northland - pending world record notification
382: road deaths in 2018, down by 2 from the deadliest in 2009, but the holiday road toll was the lowest in five years
3,300: Junior doctors went on strike early this week, delaying thousands of surgeries
20,000: fewer tourists could come to NZ (spending $70m somewhere else) with the government's new tourist taxes kicking in this year - according to official advice
350,000: $ donation to the Green Party from a members estate
800,000: $ the cost to ACC for avocado injuries
7.1m: $ pledge by the Hugh Green Foundation for a biomedical research hub in Wellington to target Cancer and asthma
20m: $ announced by the government to make rural roads safer
70m: $ paid out by ACC for animal-related injuries, and also for rugby-related injuries
18.6m: $ donated by Kiwis on Givealittle in 2018
3.4b: $ paid by ACC for summer-related injuries over the last five years 

Finance NZ Dollar

Since 22/12/2018 (28 days ago).
GBP 0.5234 (-0.0067)
EUR 0.5929 (+0.0035)
USD 0.6743 (+0.0033)
AUD 0.9407 (-0.0133)

The Weekender NZer of the week

Jesse Harrison (no relation, but probably here because I spotted the name)
A second was all it took for Jesse Harrison to sprint, in jandals, towards the railing of the Auckland Harbour Bridge during rush hour.
The reason: A man who left his vehicle running on the motorway was attempting to climb over the railing, intent on jumping off at the highest point, 43.3m, into the harbour.

Joke of the Weekender

Every Scooby-Doo episode would literally be two minutes long if the gang went to the mask store first and asked a few questions.


Darren Harrison:
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