The Weekender 09/03/2019

Hi, and how are you, we've had a bit more rain this week which is great except for the cricket.


Last weekend in Super Rugby, BJ and I went along to the Chiefs - hoping things couldn't get worse but they did. It was still a good game and the Kiwis played really well - at least the Kiwis playing for the Sunwolves! The Sunwolves had their first ever Super Rugby away win, beating the Chiefs 15-30. The Crusaders won despite a dodgy yellow card call from the ref, beating the Reds 22-12.
This weekend the Hurricanes had a close 25-22 win over the Highlanders after being behind near the end. The Chiefs are playing the Crusaders, so we aren't expecting good news there!
In other news, All Black captain Kieran Read announced he will be retiring from international rugby after the RWC this year and is joining Japanese club Toyota Verblitz.

The Black Caps had their breakthroughs in the first test match against Bangladesh with Trent Boult taking a five-wicket haul to lead NZ to an innings and 52-run win. The second test started yesterday but the first two days have been washed out with rain in Wellington.

The Black Sticks women have climbed to fifth in the Pro League with a 3-1 win over the United States on Friday.

The Football Ferns had their first win with a 2-0 over Argentina in Brisbane for the inaugural Cup of Nations.

Tom Walsh has won his tenth straight shot put title at the national athletics champs in Christchurch.

Robbie Manson has again beaten legend Mahe Drysdale and has been announced as getting the berth for the Olympics.
Hamish Bond announced this week that he would be returning to rowing after spending the last two years doing quite well in cycling.

In cycling, Campbell Stewart has a world cycling title with a win in the omnium at the UCI Track World Champs in Poland.

NZ News

There have been more & more stories about the government's proposed Capital Gains Tax (CGT) with most pointing to a huge tax grab. The CGT is targetting pretty much anything you can invest in: Shares, businesses, bach or holiday homes, rental properties, intellectual property (!), any homeowner who enters a relationship with another homeowner, homeowners who move overseas for a while, if you buy a new home or section or move into a rest home and can't sell your house for more than 12 months, lifestyle blocks bigger than 0.45 hectares, if you claim expenses for a home office, if you have flatmates or list a room on Air B&B. The government has tried to claim it is a tax for the wealthy but it will hit a large number of average New Zealanders. They have also been talking about exemptions for iwi - with Simon Bridges saying that if it's a bad idea for Maori, then it's a bad idea for every New Zealander.
The government has extended Sir Michael Cullen's contract and he could be paid more than $1000/day as he defends the integrity of the report.

Something else that the Tax Payers Union brought to light is NZ's very own version of the Clinton Foundation - the Helen Clark Foundation, bludging off taxpayers. So Helen Clark founded the group as an "independent" voice on policy - which is great. But they are "partnering" with AUT, which is obviously taxpayer funded. It doesn't stop there, because the Helen Clark Foundation (HCF) was able to register as a charity - something that the conservative Family First and Sensible Sentencing Trust had stripped off them. HCF is clearly a political lobby group, but it seems that now charity status depends on whether you are left leaning or not.

There was also a story this week that one of the Labour ministers threatened the funding of a voluntary animal evacuation organisation because the founder had been criticising the system and the way it operated. The Prime Minister hasn't yet made the hard call on any of her MP's so the odds are high that they will try to sweep this one under the rug.

Primary Teachers are disappointed with their latest pay offer and are looking to strike on April 3rd. I think that is when the secondary teacher will strike as well for a mega strike.

We've finally had a bit of rain around here, but this week was still dry and police arrested two people near Nelson for attempting to light a fire. The second fire in Pigeon Valley was also brought under control this week. 

The Numbers Game

1: # best beach in NZ was voted to be Mount Maunganui - I can see it getting the most votes, but I don't think it's NZ best beach!
5: $/week more in taxes is the promise for Phil Goff's re-election bid
10: tonnes of fruit has been destroyed around Auckland after eight fruit flies of two species were found
28: claims to ACC for electric scooter injuries during the 14 days when Lime eScooters were banned in Auckland & Christchurch, vs 182 the 14 days prior
100: th birthday for Dannevirk's Nanny Noa Nicholson
915: rating points for Kane Williamson officially makes him NZ's greatest cricketer ever - Sir Richard Hadlee reached 909 points for his bowling
46,474: people in a record for the Eminem concert in Wellington - and only 16 arrests
52,000: firearms have been brought into NZ over the last year 

Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5227 (+0.0081)
EUR 0.6054 (+0.0080)
USD 0.6804 (+0.0007)
AUD 0.9657 (+0.0061)

The Weekender NZer of the week

Roger Douglas
design of the open market
Douglas served as a Labour Member of Parliament from 1969 to 1990. During his time as Minister of Finance (1984–1988), the New Zealand dollar was floated, corporate practices were introduced to state services, state assets were sold off, and a swathe of regulations and subsidies were removed. Douglas's economic policies were regarded as a betrayal of Labour's left-wing policy platform and were deeply unpopular with the public and ordinary party members. His supporters defended the reforms as being necessary to revive the economy, which had been tightly regulated under National's Muldoon.

Joke of the Weekender

There is nothing more awkward than the moment you realize you’re getting a double-cheek kiss.


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