The Weekender 08/06/2019

The wind and the rain hit us in Raglan this morning watching BJ playing (ripper) rugby.


In Super Rugby, more New Zealand teams look to miss the playoffs with the Blues losing to the Reds 29-28 on Friday and the Highlanders drawing with the Bulls 24-24. But the news of the week was the Chiefs "home" game in Fiji against the Crusaders last weekend. In short order, the Chiefs were 0-20 down and it was looking like another runaway win for the top of the table Crusaders. But the Chiefs played with more heart and skill than they've done in the season yet, and were down 19-20 at half time, running away to a 40-27 win in the end. Also last weekend the Hurricanes beat the Sharks 30-17.
In other news, NZ Rugby CEO Steve Tew has announced he will step down at the end of the year.

The Black Caps kicked off their Cricket World Cup in style beating Sri Lanka by 10 wickets. The bowlers won the game with Sri Lanka batting first and being all out for 136 and then Martin Guptill and Colin Munro combined to win in 16.1 overs. But the second game against Bangladesh wasn't so easy. Bangladesh was restricted to 245 but our openers didn't last long. Then Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor combined and desperately tried to run themselves out, narrowly failing each time, before scoring most of the runs but then we collapsed leaving Mitchell Santner to finish off in the 48th over for a two-wicket win.
The Aussie didn't take long to revert to their colours after their ball tamperers only just returned to the team, with spinner Adam Zampa charged for "audible obscenity" - it's just not cricket.

The National netball premiership final was last Monday with the Central Pulse beating the Northern Stars 52-48.

Scott Dixon celebrated Queens Birthday Weekend with a win at the IndyCar race at the Detroit Grand Prix. It moves him to fifth in the driver's championship. He was also awarded the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the QBW awards.

The Junior All Whites did great at the under-20 football World Cup but were knocked out 5-4 by Columbia on penalties.
While the coach and many players are leaving the Wellington Phoenix, there is cause for hope with others moving back. All Whites goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic has signed a two-year deal coming back from playing with Bristol City in the EPL.

Given the turmoil, Rugby Australia is in after they fired Israel Folau for religious reasons, an article caught my eye this week saying the Netball NZ is still "haunted" by their former management - current Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle.

NZ News

News came to light this week that the government was informed by their cybersecurity experts that their budget hadn't been hacked, but they didn't stop the Treasury or Grant Robertson trying to smear National in the media. National is demanding answers about why the urgent calls from the GCSB weren't acted on. 

The Government has delayed the cabinet reshuffle. The reshuffle was due at the start of the year, then after the budget and now the end of the month, maybe. There are a number of obvious targets for being shuffled out of their jobs, like Grant Robertson for lying about the hacking, or Phil Twyford on KiwiBuild (shhh), or David Clark on health, or former stuff-ups like Iain Lees-Galloway, but the Prime Minister has shown time & again to be a soft touch by never firing anyone for doing anything terrible, so the chances of her moving people around for anything less seems slim. There are questions about whether there is even anyone else who isn't worse. A cabinet reshuffle is a great way to reward MPs who are doing well and move those sideways who aren't doing so well (!) but maybe with Labour it is a "job for life".

The Queens Birthday honours were announced on Monday with Fran Walsh receiving the Dames Companion for services to film, and Graham Lowe receiving the Knights Companion. Mike King was made an Officer (ONZM) for services to mental health and David Tua was as well for services to youth and boxing - that right there is "O" for Awesome.

The Numbers Game

0: fatal crashes on NZ's "high speed" roads since the two roads (Cambridge & BOP Easter expressways) were opened - after calls to reduce speeds
8: more tracks being opened in the Waitakere ranges following consultation over Kauri dieback disease
18: year study of the water quality in lakes around Rotorua shows a significant improvement
57: unmet election promises for the education sector according to National MP Nikki Kaye, 25 unimplemented and 31 partially implemented
356: earthquakes at White Island since May 23
500: firearms have been seized with the new law changes since the March 15 terrorist attacks - with some stories of a bit of heavy-handedness
3,200: lightning strikes around NZ as storms moved over the country, including 600 in two hours
700,000: $ paid out by ACC for e-scooter head injuries
17.1m: $ in the budget for University of Auckland's "Growing Up in New Zealand" study which tracks 6,800 people from 12 weeks before birth to 21 years old
1.65b: $ the cost of alcohol to workplaces according to an Otago University study - and yet the government wants to legalise more drugs
5b: $ more in debt than expected because the Government is doing more spending over the next four years

Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5231 (+0.0060)
EUR 0.5877 (+0.0041)
USD 0.6665 (+0.0130)
AUD 0.9523 (+0.0109)

The Weekender NZer of the week

Kate Sheppard
Design of suffrage: The leader and main figurehead of the suffragist movement in New Zealand – the first country in the world to grant universal adult suffrage to men and women equally.

Joke of the Weekender

Does it disturb anyone else that “The Los Angeles Angels” baseball team translates directly to “The The Angels Angels”?


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