The Weekender 23/02/2019

Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me, so I don't want to spend too long on this today.


Tom Walsh won the Supreme Award at the Halberg Awards during the week. Lisa Carrington won the sportswoman of the year, and the Black Ferns Sevens won team of the year. The favourite moment was from the under-17 Women's World Cup.

In Super Rugby, the Highlanders had another last five minute try to beat the Reds 36-31.
Last weekend the Hurricanes beat the Waratahs by 20-19 when Bernard Foley missed a penalty near the end of the match. The Crusaders had a dramatic 24-22 win over a much-improved Blues outfit.

In the second ODI against Bangladesh, Martin Guptill got his second ton in a row, leading NZ to an eight-wicket win. The Black Caps completed a clean sweep with an 88 run win in the final game.

Ryan Fox has won his maiden European Tour title with a comprehensive win in the final of the World Super 6 in Perth (because we all know Perth is in Europe??).

NZ News

After news a while ago that the Kiwi (bird) originated from Madagascar, scientists have discovered that New Zealand's long-lost adzebill birds come from Madagascar as well.

Researchers at Massey University say that the risks of legal cannabis in New Zealand have been understated.

The government's Tax Working Group has released its recommendations including the harshest Captial Gains Tax of anywhere in the world. They would combine it with lower taxes for some, but would actually increase the tax rate for the majority of middle New Zealanders. A quick poll suggested that 54% of NZers wouldn't support such a tax, and it has been suggested that it will hit older Kiwis the hardest, especially those who have saved money to invest in assets, holiday baches and investment properties. 

The Numbers Game

8: years since the Christchurch earthquake that kills 185 people
70d 90h 37m: for Isaac Giesen to row solo across the Atlantic - the first Kiwi to do so
223: kg marlin caught at a Gisborne fishing competition - the catch won the $10,000 prize
1,000: less Chinese students enrolling in NZ schools - a definite signal that NZ-China relations aren't going too well
10,000: people now on the urgent queue for social housing - a 70% increase in the last year
28,000: faults found in Hamilton footpaths during a recent survey
560,000: $ paid out by ACC for electric scooter incidents in the last five months
30b: $ cost of the government's ban on oil & gas exploration by 2050 according to figures by NZIER

Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5244 (-0.0080)
EUR 0.6035 (-0.0043)
USD 0.6845 (-0.0021)
AUD 0.9601 (-0.0006)

The Weekender NZer of the week

William Davidson
design of export
The $4 billion+ export food industry of today might never have happened were it not for the innovation and wisdom shown by a group of legendary settlers of the 1880’s led by William Davidson and Thomas Brydone.

Joke of the Weekender

I think it’s pretty cool how the Chinese made a language entirely out of tattoos.


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