The Weekender 23/03/2019

Hello to the week after.


Super Rugby had a shock announcement this week saying that the Sunwolves would be dropped for 2021 with the competition returning to a 14-team full round-robin style.
This weekend the Blues snapped a 20-game losing streak against New Zealand teams when they beat the Highlanders 33-26.

It was great to see Wales win the Six Nations with their 25-7 win over Ireland last weekend. I'm not the only person who, if NZ can't win the Rugby World Cup this year, wouldn't mind Wales taking it out. The Kiwi coached team did so well, but it was interesting to see that Kiwi-born players scored all of their points.

In the annual NZ Cricket awards, Kane Williamson and White Ferns teenager Amelia Kerr were the big winners. Williamson won the Sir Richard Hadlee Medal which he also won in 2016 & 2017.

Queenstown teenager Alice Robinson has won silver in skiing's giant slalom at the World Cup in Andorra.

Like many Kiwi teams this week, the Wellington Phoenix had an emotional game when they beat Western Sydney 3-1. The game was dedicated to the Christchurch victims.

The Warriors had their first NRL game of the season and thrashed the Bulldogs 40-6.

NZ News

The aftermath of Muslim shootings in Christchurch have obviously continued this week. The Prime Minister and media, in general, have avoided talking much about the shooter himself, no name and no discussion of any of his aims. The death toll went up to 50, and it has been made illegal to share the video footage which the shooter took. The police did a great job and actually stopped the shooter on his way to a third location, preventing more casualties. All of the government moved quickly to ban military-style semi-automatic weapons, while during the week there have been remembrances and an outpouring of support for the community that was attacked.
According to many in the media, the Prime Minister can do no wrong right now, but for many rather than just having a moment of silence to remember the slain on Friday, her Muslim call to prayer was a step too far. To quote a guy who knows lots about the community:

"I defend the freedom of our Muslim neighbours and all New Zealanders to gather and pray in peace. What happened on Friday is appalling and I continue to stand with them, mourn with them, and seek justice. 

But a national call to Islamic prayer is inappropriate. The horn and the bells are evocative sounds, but a doctrinal statement is a very different thing. 

An occasion of prayer for all who wish to participate in their own way is far more Aotearoa/New Zealand."

The Numbers Game

0: breeding populations of Queensland fruit fly were found in Devonport and Otara meaning fruit fly trapping has ended
26: domestic flights were cancelled this morning from a foggy Auckland Airport
34: cases of the measles in Christchurch now
578: complaints about Housing NZ tenants in Hawke's Bay in 2018 - but there wasn't a single eviction
63m: $ bail-out for Eden Park by Auckland Council

Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5206 (+0.0061)
EUR 0.6076 (+0.0036)
USD 0.6878 (+0.0026)
AUD 0.9712 (+0.0050)

The Weekender NZer of the week

Bruce Farr
design of sailing
Farr‑designed boats have won, challenged for, or placed highly in the Whitbread Round the World Race, America's Cup, and Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, among others.
Farr began building boats at 13 near Warkworth north of Auckland. His first boats were plywood hard chine Moth class designs. He later designed and built variants of Cherubs and especially Flying 18s. His early designs were built in plywood with a focus on lightweight with good planning shapes. By his late teens, he was designing small lightweight keel boats that were successful on the race course.

Joke of the Weekender

Been reading up on the 
thesaurus lately because a mind is a terrible thing to garbage.


Darren Harrison:
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