The Weekender 29/06/2019

Hi, we have had a lovely few days of cold frosty mornings and amazing blue sky days.


Last weekend in the Super Rugby quarter-finals, the Hurricanes held out the Bulls to win 35-28 in Wellington, to book a game tonight against the Crusaders.
Last night the "South African" conference winners, Argentina's Jaguares thrashed the ACT Brumbies 39-7 to reach their first Super Rugby final. In the other semi-final, the Crusaders are leading the Hurricanes 10-0 after half an hour.
In other rugby news Chiefs coach Colin Cooper has stepped down with a year on his contract, and the next day the Chiefs announced they had signed current Wales coach Warren Gatland as the new coach - although he has to take some time off for the British & Irish Lions tour he has already been appointed for.

Last weekend the Kiwi Ferns beat Fetu Samoa, winning 46-8 at Mt Smart Stadium.

The Black Caps had a five-run win over the West Indies in the World Cup after Kane Williamson got 148. The Windies started well but collapsed to 164 for seven, but Brathwaite had a great game scoring a century and only slightly mistimed a shot which could have won the game.
In the Black Caps next game, Pakistan was too good for NZ with Babar Azam scoring an unbeaten century leading Pakistan to a six-wicket win.

The Silver Ferns lost 54-50 to the New Zealand Men's Invitational team in a pre-World Cup match. Tonight they played them again and lost 66-54.

Luuka Jones had her first ever podium finish at the Canoe Slalom World Cup in Slovakia, taking the Silver in the K1 final.
NZ women rowers have won four golds at the world cup event in Poland. The women's pair and women's double sculls won, along with single sculler Emma Twigg and the women's light double sculls won a photo finish.

Last weekend I mentioned that Scott McLaughlin had won the first race in Darwin, but he also won the top 10 shoot out and the second race, to become the first driver ever to win the triple crown. He also moved to second-equal with the legend Peter Brock for the number of career pole positions.

NZ News

The first section of the Pike River Mine has been explored and nothing of interest has been found.

The OECD stepped into the KiwiBuild mess this week saying the Government should make significant changes to the policy and do more to focus on people on low incomes.
Finally, the previously stated "minor" cabinet reshuffle has happened this week with Phil Twyford stripped of his Housing portfolio. A few other ministers have been moved up but that is about it. Arden has said that the Housing portfolio was "too great for one Minister" - which sounds like if no one person is in charge, it will be easy for things to get duplicated or lost in the cracks. Popular MP Kris Faafoi has been promoted into Cabinet.

The education sector is mostly settled down again with primary and secondary teachers both accepting the government's latest pay offer. However, Primary Principals have rejected the offer because it would mean that some teachers are paid more than their principals. The Education Minister Chris Hipkins said the teachers pay offer was "the final deal" - but then again that is exactly what they've been saying ever since they got into power and obviously that wasn't true.
Some Principals are also pointing out that the government's plan to axe parent donations will see most schools worse off. Schools won't be funded to the same level by the government, so schools will have to cut "essential learning experiences".

There were some stories about Lime scooters this week after a man died while riding one of the scooters. One story said that Lime was set to roll out additional safety measures, but the next story said the man suffered a medical event.

The IMF said this week that our economy is losing steam. It's pretty unbelievable that National can keep us running well during the GFC and now when things should be going great, Labour not only kills the economy, but there are more people worse off, they haven't "fixed" housing and they only grudgingly pay the teachers.

The Numbers Game

1.01: tickets from the Police per person over four years for the Tasman district - the highest in NZ
4: cases of the measles in Wellington
27.1: % of Kiwis who only just have enough money according to the CTU - a jump from 24.4% in 2017
1,000: Kiwi doctors signed a letter against euthanasia, but the politicians let it pass the second reading
53,000: calls to the new Police 105 non-emergency number
10m: $ in speed camera fines from the fixed cameras in Auckland's Waterview Tunnel - from 44.5m motorists

Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5295 (+0.0122)
EUR 0.5902 (+0.0117)
USD 0.6722 (+0.0130)
AUD 0.9573 (+0.0064)

The Weekender NZer of the week

Bill Phillips
World-Changing Economist
Economics has a reputation for being a boring topic but the life and career of New Zealand born economist A W H Phillips was anything but boring.  Engineer, crocodile hunter, innovator and war hero; Phillips traversed an unconventional path to become one of the most influential economists of all time.  Such was his influence on modern economics, most major textbooks have a portion devoted to the concept named in his honour – the Phillips Curve.  His paper on wage inflation and unemployment is the most cited macroeconomics title of the 20th Century and his pioneering work in the field of applied macroeconomics continues to influence modern economic policy.

Joke of the Weekender

I walked up to a tourist information booth and asked them to tell me about a couple of people who were here last year.
Steven Wright


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