The Weekender 16/02/2019

Welcome along to the start of the rugby season!


The Highlanders came to Hamilton last night to kick off the Super Rugby season and left with the win after an Aaron Smith last-minute try for the 30-27 win. To be fair the Highlanders would have felt pretty aggrieved if they had lost with a couple of puzzling calls going against them. The Chiefs already have more than 10 injuries and in a case of deja-vu, Stephen Donald was out on a boat the other week before getting the call that he was needed for the game.

The Black Caps made easy work of Bangladesh in the first ODI after being set 233 to win. It could have been an even easier win after having Bangladesh at 94-6. Martin Guptill carried his bat reaching 117 with Henry Nichols adding 53 and Ross Taylor's 45 for an eight-wicket win.
The second ODI is on now with Bangladesh batting first and reaching 226 all out (in the final over). Nichols has gone and NZ are at 56/1. Update: Guppy has hit another century with NZ now on 162/1 - the current run rate is 6.48 and required run rate is 2.6.
Following up last weekend, the Black Caps won the final Twenty20 match against India to take out the series 2-1. They won by four runs in a tight game in Hamilton. The White Ferns won by two runs to wrap up their series 3-0.

Last night saw the Australian Indigenous All Stars team take on the NZ Maori for both the men and the women. The All Stars men beat the Maori 34-14 but the Black Ferns beat the All Stars women 8-4 in the inaugural game.

Now that the New Zealand Breakers are out of finals contention they decide to play. They broke their highest score in the ANBL beating the Illawarra Hawks 130-96.

The news hasn't been good for the Wellington Phoenix recently with reports that coach Mark Rudan might be leaving, but he has been great for the Nix while he's been here. They took on defending champs Melbourne Victory and finished with a 1-1 draw in front of a record 23,648 at Eden Park last night.

Snowboarder Zoi Sadowski-Synnott continues her good form winning gold in the women's slopestyle at the World Champs in Utah.

I'm not sure if you think that MMA is a sport or not, but kiwi Israel Adesanya was promoted to the main fight last week and he maintained his unbeaten run.

NZ News

There is a ban on moving fruit in an area of Devonport in Auckland after a Queensland fruit fly was found in a trap. It's pretty clear that travellers have almost zero regard for New Zealand's biosecurity so I'm glad this doesn't happen more often.

The NZ-China relationship has been in the news this week with talks of a rocky path ahead. The government has had to defend things after National pointed out a number of issues they noticed. While PM Jacinda Ardern claimed there were no issues, she also said they were facing "challenges" - which seems to be politician-speak for "issues that we don't want to talk about". National claims there are five ministers waiting for permission to go to China, and there has also been talk of tourism taking a hit, and exports being blocked at the border.

A massive wall of dust which swept over NSW and ACT is apparently heading our way. Our hot weather continues with 29-32 degC every day this week. We haven't yet had a drought this summer but things have definitely browned off over the last couple of weeks with these hot temperatures and lack of rain. 
The fires in the Nelson & Tasman area continued this week. Some people were allowed to return to their homes but there are still others who haven't been able to. 

The governments Provincial Growth Fund of $3b was supposed to create 10,000 jobs and we are a year into the government's current term, so how are they doing? Apparently, only 54 jobs have actually been created so far - despite Minister Shane Jones telling Parliament last year that 9,000 had been created.
The government has made a move to ban smoking (and vaping) in cars when there are children under 18 present - a great move. 

The Numbers Game

40: years in jail is now over for one of NZ's most high profile prisoners - Arthur Taylor
110: years since NZs worst 20th-century maritime disaster the Penguin sank in Wellington (72 or 75 died)
6,500: km in a year for a research buoy placed in the ocean by NZ scientists
53.5m: $ deficit for Counties Manukau District Health Board - more than double last year
206m: $ research facility at Lincoln University is being scrapped with the government not interested, but AgResearch is building their own facility

Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5324 (+0.0113)
EUR 0.6078 (+0.0124)
USD 0.6866 (+0.0122)
AUD 0.9607 (+0.0120)

The Weekender NZer of the week

Cian Hinton
The Rotorua student has won the environmental engineering award at the Taiwan International Science Fair with an Alternating Rotation Converter (ARC -ha!) Generator designed to be a cheap power supply for anywhere with some water.

Joke of the Weekender

We can teach kids there’s no i in team, but it’s way more important 
to teach them that there’s no a in 


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