The Weekender 02/02/2019

And it's already the second month of the not-so-new-year!


Joelle King is now ranked number three in the world for women's squash - a career high - so far. Watch this space though. I read an article indication she was over a slump and on the rise and based on recent performances, she could easily keep climbing.

The Sydney Sevens have kicked off for this weekend and the Black Ferns Sevens have backed up their winning form from Hamilton to progress through the first day without dropping a game.
Last weekend the Hamilton Sevens went really well - except that the All Black Sevens ended up third. Fiji won the day beating USA in the final 38-0.

In the ANBL the Melbourne United look to be the real deal after thrashing the NZ Breakers 107-87 leaving them on the verge of elimination from the playoff race.

So in cricket India continued their NZ tour, thrashing the Black Caps in the second and third ODI to win the series before Virat Kohli headed home for a break. And for the women's team, India won the three match series by thrashing the White Ferns in the first two ODIs as well. But then something changed when they played in Hamilton. The White Ferns had an eight-wicket win, as did the Black Caps led by Trent Boult taking five wickets for 21 as he bowled 10 straight overs. India batted first and made 92, then the Black Caps smashed the win in just 15 overs. 

Hayden Paddon, who was dropped from Hyundai's WRC team has picked up a drive in the new Global Rallycross Europe series.

Kiwi snowboarder Zoi Sadwski Synnott won gold in the X Games snowboard slopestyle event.

Last weekend the Wellington Phoenix beat Melbourne City 1-0 with a winner from former Melbourne player David Williams.

NZ News

The only real news this week was about the heatwave that Australia sent over. According to the UK MetOffice it is officially a heatwave (... do we not have a definition?). It has been hot though with Hamilton hitting a record 32.9 deg C on Tuesday, and getting up near there for the rest of the week. I had thought today was going to be a bit cooler and it started that way, but it's getting warm again. Mitcham in Canterbury had 35.2C, Blenheim and Napier got to 35C, Pukaki (Mt Cook) hit 33.2C and both Auckland and Wellington reached 30C. The kids have been getting to sleep with cool pads from the freezer, wet sheets and the fan.
The temperature is causing other issues as well with 15 people seeking treatment after a group of bluebottle jellyfish stung people out at Raglan. We were out there at the beach that day and spotted a few other jellyfish and one bluebottle. We weren't certain what it was but I kept the kids out of the water after that.
So probably every year we get stories about how hot it is, probably pushing global warming. But there was one interesting article pointing out that although it is hot, last January was hotter. Does that mean we should be worried about global cooling?

The National Party this week released a plan to move tax thresholds every three years in line with inflation. The policy has gained quite a bit of positive press especially considering it would give someone on an average way an extra $430 a year.

Former KiwiBuild boss Stephen Barclay is pursuing a case of constructive dismissal against the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.
MP Phil Twyford has admitted that only half of the homes offered by ballot were sold last year.

NZ First MP Shane Jones has accused Greenpeace of deliberately tarnishing NZ's international fishing reputation just to fundraise. Greenpeace NZ Director Russel Norman hit back saying Jones was trying to distract from the fact he has accepted donations from fishing company Talley's.

The Numbers Game

7: % rise in the minimum wage coming up, will cost the government $93.5m per year
62: deg C on some roads in the South Island this week
8,000: commuters affected in Wellington after the high temperatures resulted in parts of the train network being shut down
10,000: $ cost to the taxpayer for every overseas teacher relocating to NZ

Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5265 (+0.0080)
EUR 0.6016 (+0.0016)
USD 0.6893 (+0.0044)
AUD 0.9504 (-0.0032)

The Weekender NZer of the week

Russell Crowe
design of performance
Crowe was born on 7 April 1964 in the Wellington suburb of Strathmore Park, the son of Jocelyn Yvonne (née Wemyss) and John Alexander Crowe, both of whom were film set caterers; his father also managed a hotel. Crowe's maternal grandfather, Stan Wemyss, was a cinematographer who was named an MBE for filming footage of World War II. Crowe's paternal grandfather, John Doubleday Crowe, was from Wrexham, Wales, while one of Crowe's maternal great-great-grandmothers was Māori. Crowe also has English, German, Irish, Italian, Norwegian, Scottish, Swedish, and Welsh ancestry. He is a cousin of former New Zealand cricket captains Martin Crowe and Jeff Crowe, and nephew of cricketer Dave Crowe. Russell has built a cricket field named for his uncle.

Joke of the Weekender


1. Nice shirt. 
2. Wow. A second nice shirt. 
3. OK, first shirt again. 
4. He has two shirts. 


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