The Weekender 02/03/2019

Welcome along, we had some cooler days and rain last weekend, and it's been cooler but still fine and sunny all week. 


The Highlanders have had their first loss of the season being beaten 24-19 by the Melbourne Rebels. Tonight BJ & I are off to the Chiefs vs the Sunwolves. Hopefully, the Chiefs do better than last week when they were thrashed by the Brumbies 54-17. Last weekend as well the Sharks beat the Blues 26-7, and the Crusaders easily beat the Hurricanes 38-22.

Zoi Sadowski-Synnott has won another title taking out the slopestyle at the US Open Snowboarding Champs in Colorado.

The Black Caps have risen to second in the ICC test cricket rankings - their highest ever ranking. Henry Nicholls has jumped to fifth-equal for batting with Kane Williamson retaining the second spot.
In the first test match against Bangladesh, Bangladesh was bowled out for 234, before NZ piled on 715/6 before declaring. Wow. That 715 included centuries for the openers 132 for Jeet Raval, and 161 for Tom Latham, while Kane Williamson hit 200 not out. Bangladesh has started well in the second innings with 70 without loss on the third day.

Waikato/BOP Magic bounced back in the ANZ premiership netball competition when they beat The Stars 51-57.

The Tall Blacks beat Lebanon 69-67 for their 10th consecutive World Cup qualifier win, led by Tom Abercrombie with 19.

NZ News

Secondary teachers have announced a possible date for the next teachers strike.

National is accusing MP Shane Jones of using the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) to buy votes in Northland after they were allocated $100m. The region of Tairawhiti in the East Coast has actually been allocated around $157m. One interesting thing that came up this week was that despite huge fanfare announcing allocations from the PGF it turns out that most of the loans haven't yet been given out - in fact, the only loan actually handed out was the $10m to Ruapehu Alpine Lifts.

The Labour Party has refused to renew the party membership of Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere, and he is considering legal action since they have given no just reason.

This week the Pigeon Valley fire was finally brought under control.

The government's Capital Gains Tax has come under fire this week. Economist Cameron Bagrie isn't convinced it would improve living standards, while political commentators claim the taxpayers are set to suffer the most, while others claim that it is going to mean defeat for the government. Another commentator pointed out that two previous elections have been lost by the Labour party pushing a CGT and how odd it was that Jacinda Ardern personally overrode her party in pushing this policy and after the tax working group didn't recommend a CGT, she sent them back to find a CGT that would work (when they'd already decided one wouldn't work). The working party chair Sir Michael Cullen claimed the family home would be exempt from the CGT - but there are exemptions from the exemptions - so essentially it's all going to be very messy. The reason why GST has worked well is because its simple. This will be a lawyers playground. 

The Numbers Game

3: Queensland fruit flies have been found in Auckland's North Shore
5: Richter scale earthquake on the East Coast
5: th person in a Measles outbreak
4,000: Big Ben pies on the road in Manukau after a truck spilt its load
73,771: $ spent by Green party co-leader and Climate Change Minister James Shaw on international travel in the last quarter
226,000: $ from the Michael J Fox Foundation for a Kiwi project tackling Parkinson's disease
55m: $ meth haul by Customs hidden in two golf carts

Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5146 (-0.0098)
EUR 0.5974 (-0.0061)
USD 0.6797 (-0.0048)
AUD 0.9596 (-0.0005)

The Weekender NZer of the week

Robert Dickie
design of postal technology
RJ Dickie invented, patented and marketed the world’s first stamp vending machine. His machines were in use for 50 years, 18,000 were used in Britain, with countless thousands around the world. The machine that won star honours at the 1909 Pacific Expo in Seattle came from a New Zealander with a single idea.

Joke of the Weekender

I’m trying to get into classical music, but I can’t find any original recordings. All the music is performed by cover bands.


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