The Weekender 09/02/2019

Let the birthdays begin. I know a number of you have birthdays coming up - hope you have a great day. 


The Black Caps lost the final ODI before moving on to the Twenty20 (hit & giggle) matches.
In the first T20 NZ was kicked off by new opener Tim Seifert who smashed a brilliant 80, leading NZ to 220. India struggled from the start and Tim Southee picked up three wickets as we handed India their biggest ever T20 defeat of 80 runs. India bounced back in the second match when NZ reached only 158 with a Colin de Grandhomme 50 and Ross Taylor 42, to win by seven wickets.
The women have been having a parallel T20 series and in the first game the White Ferns had a great 23-run victory and wrapped up the series in the second game with a last ball win.

The Black Sticks women came up against their old coach Mark Hager when they took on Great Britain yesterday and they made their mark with a huge 5-1 win in the Pro League.

Former Olympic rowing champ Hamish Bond has set a national record as he won the 4000m individual men's pursuit at the Track Cycling Nationals in Cambridge. Kirstie James also retained her national 3000m individual pursuit title with a new record.

The NZ Breakers finished their home season with a whimper after falling 114-107 to Adelaide. I think even their theoretical mathematical chances are over now. Correction, their hopes ended on Sunday night when they lost 111-102 to Melbourne.

Brendon Hartley has lined up a job in the World Endurance Championship, joining Ferrari for the season.

NZ News

The NZEI and PPTA are having some talks that they hope will avoid the need for more teacher strikes this year. They are currently guardedly optimistic.

If you watch any NZ news you may have heard about the unruly British travellers who left a trail of bad press around the country before a few court appearances and being kicked out of NZ. Well, it turns out Facebook is banning NZers from using the word "gypsy"  on a page that 5,000 people joined up to! I understand that in other countries that word can be quite derogatory, but it doesn't have any of that stigma here in New Zealand - an interesting point about words having different meanings in different places. 

The Numbers Game

3.9: % unemployment in September - the lowest level since 2018 - but Stats NZ have released figures showing a jump to 4.3%
4: rare shorebirds have been released on a pest-free Motutapu Island in the Hauraki Gulf this week
1,000: job losses expected by National, after the government announced a reform of the "broken" vocational education sector (i.e. Polytech's)
100m: $ set aside from the Government's $1b provincial growth fund, as capital for Maori developments - but the government is still no closer to a deal for settling the Treaty issues with Ngapuhi
1.4b: trees - MP Shane Jones says the government's goal of 1b trees could reach 1.4b by 2028, but most of it has nothing to do with the government, and 2028 is a long way away

Finance NZ Dollar
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EUR 0.5954 (-0.0063)
USD 0.6744 (-0.0149)
AUD 0.9487 (-0.0017)

The Weekender NZer of the week

Allen Curnow
design of verse
No New Zealand poet so consistently defied expectations as Allen Curnow. Over his long and deeply influential career, Curnow traversed a huge terrain of poetic voices and concerns and won many awards and other forms of recognition. He was made a CBE in 1986 and received the Order of New Zealand in 1990, and was awarded the A.W. Reed Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2000 Montana New Zealand Book Awards.

Joke of the Weekender

Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight. Blue sky at night, day.


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