The Weekender 26/01/2019

Welcome along to Auckland Anniversary weekend - it looks like it will be a hot one! 


At the Track Cycling World Cup in Cambridge, kiwi cyclists Eddie Dawkins won the sprint race and Campbell Stewart and Aaron Gate won the Madison duo. NZ was awarded the Best Overall National Award at the meet, winning five of the 12 events and picking up two bronze medals.

The Wellington Phoenix made a new club record of nine unbeaten games with Roy Krishna helping them to a 3-3 draw against Melbourne United. But the run came to an end beaten 1-0 by Sydney FC on Wednesday.

The Silver Ferns are struggling against their international competition in the Quad series only managing a last gasp win over South Africa.

The NZ Breakers chances of reaching the playoffs were severely damaged when they were beaten 106-98 by the bottom-placed Cairns Taipans. They did, however, bounce back with a 113-106 win over Cairns in New Plymouth.

The Black Caps crumbled in their first ODI against India with an eight-wicket loss after being bowled out for 157 in 38 overs.
There was a fun Twenty20 (aren't they all?) match between cricket and rugby yesterday with Team Rugby winning the day. Team Rugby included Kieran Read, Richie McCaw, Israel Dagg, Brendon McCullum, Beauden & Jordie Barrett and Ali Williams, coached by Sir Graham Henry. Team Cricket had player-coach Stephen Fleming, Aaron Smith, Grant Elliott, Luke Ronchi, Kyle Mills, Chris Harris, & Nathan Astle. 

NZ News

KiwiBuild was in the news again this week for all the wrong reasons with MP Phil Twyford admitting that they are expecting around 300 houses to be built in the first year - nowhere near their stated 1,000. In fact, only 33 have been completed, with 77 being built. There has been lots of talk but it seems that of all the working groups the government implemented - they really should have planned this flagship plan better. You know, maybe spending some of that nine years in opposition working on the plan like they were supposed to. The theoretical target is 10,000 houses each year for 10 years. 

Winston Peters stepped in for Jacinda Ardern giving a start of year speech at Ratana, and the funniest part was when he was challenged about why Ardern was 'taking off to a Swiss village'. She was of course at the World Economic Forum in Davos, but in 2015 Peters had a dig at Sir John Key for doing exactly the same thing, and when the media noted this amusing coincidence, Peters refused any more questions and blamed the media. He also said that 1,000 KiwiBuild houses would be built by July - even though the MP and the PM have said it won't happen.

John Tamihere has announced that he will run for the Auckland Mayoralty. The former Labour MP will have former National Minister Chris Fletcher as his running mate.

The Junior Doctors are planning another two-day strike for next week after failing to reach an agreement. I think they are milking it. Everyone knows junior Doctors have to work long hours, but I think they ask for fewer hours but whenever they finally reach an agreement it seems to be for more pay, not fewer hours. So they don't really care about the long hours, they just use it to get more money. 

The Numbers Game

4.7: Richter scale earthquake in Whanganui this week
7: % increase in Auckland bus, train and ferry prices
25: deadly crashes in 2017 involved a foreign driver, but the foreign driver was only at fault in 18 of those - a lower rate than general kiwi accidents
170: km/h winds in Christchurch & Kaikoura cut power
4,500: homes and businesses lost power after gusty winds in Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago
4,800: km of rowing across the Atlantic for a young kiwi raising awareness for mental health - he is around halfway
7,000: km trek for a little endangered Fiordland penguin in eight weeks - including going more than halfway to Antarctica
45,000: $ spent on international flights by our government to fight climate change, what a joke
156m: $ of fines have been dodged by Kiwis and tourists - almost a third of those lodged with the Ministry of Justice
500m: $ blowout for Auckland's City Rail Link - potentially rising to $1b by the time the contracts are awarded

Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5186 (-0.0048)
EUR 0.6000 (+0.0071)
USD 0.6849 (+0.0106)
AUD 0.9535 (+0.0128)

The Weekender NZer of the week

Caleb Currey
A South Auckland teenager who saved his little brother by pushing his pram to safety seconds before being struck by a car has been on a long road to recovery.

Joke of the Weekender

Drama: a word boring people use to describe fun people.


Darren Harrison:
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