The Weekender 13/07/2019

Hi, the weather doesn't know if it's good or bad at the moment, the days seem to be alternating.


The game of this week was obviously the Black Caps, who knocked highly favoured India out of the Cricket World Cup. It was a stunning, surprising and unexpected win after the Black Caps had lost three games leading up to the semi-finals. So the game was played over two rain-interrupted days. New Zealand batted first and reached 239 with Kane Williamson scoring 67, and serial-run-out-artist Ross Taylor reaching 74 before being run out. In reply, India's first three much-vaunted batsmen were each bowled out for 1 run with a fourth coming at 24 runs. They never recovered from there, and with Jimmy Neesham taking a great catch and Martin Guptill firing in an amazing run out to take out MS Dhoni, India was all out for 221.
In the other semi-final, England bowled Australia out for 223, and then beat them by eight wickets. So last World Cup, NZ had to play Australia in Melbourne for the final, and this time around we have to play England at Lord's. Tomorrow.

The Crusader took on the Jaguares last weekend for the Super Rugby title and won 19-3 to win their third "three-peat" and their tenth title. The Crusaders scored the only try and the Jaguares had the majority of possession and territory but the Crusaders defence was up to the task.
This weekend in rugby, Fiji has beaten the NZ Maori 24-10 in Suva. And Beauden Barrett has re-signed with NZ Rugby for four years - but not with the Hurricanes. He is heading to the Auckland Blues as his wife comes from Auckland.

The NZ Warriors had a comeback 24-20 win over Newcastle last weekend, despite yet another bunker blunder against the Warriors. Maumalo scored a clean try according to the replays but the bunker overturned the try decision but the Warriors scored late to win anyway.

The Silver Ferns banished memories of their last loss against Malawi beating them 64-45 in their opening match of the Netball World Cup in Liverpool.

NZ News

The government announced a deal this week aiming to get greener* cars on the road. Their plan is to provide an $8,000 subsidy for emission-free** vehicles, and to pay for it by charging $3,000 on the "highest greenhouse gas-emitting cars imported to New Zealand". The best quote about the deal is "Let’s be very clear: this is a tax on Otara vehicles to subsidise Teslas in Remuera". Another goodie from the Federated Farmers was "It's going to be pretty hard to fit a bundle of strainer posts on the back of a Nisan Leaf."
* By "greener" I think they just mean that the energy is created at a different place (i.e. a power station) to the car itself, allowing the owners to conveniently ignore power generation and delivery questions.
** Again, "emission-free" at the vehicle itself, not at the energy source

The government has again tried to do something nice - but without thinking ... at all. There were 150,000 students who had credits held back because of unpaid NCEA fees. The government announced that all NCEA fees would be wiped. Those people are probably pretty happy, but the angry ones are those connected to parents who worked overtime for a long long time to pay off their child's fees. Another parent talked about how it took them eight months to pay off the fees. A teacher talked about how one student stopped going to school because their parents couldn't pay the fees. The system may have been odd, to begin with, but just randomly scrapping the fees seems like a knee-jerk reaction that nobody took any time to think about.

The Government and Prime Minister's Business Advisory Council has said NZ was at an "infrastructure crisis point" and had no master plan to fix it. They said there was "no overarching vision or leadership in New Zealand for infrastructure development".

The Numbers Game

1.05m: great white shark found on Ninety Mile Beach - the smallest ever recorded
9: years since the Scott Guy murder and there has been no justice for the family
25.50: $/hr to be paid to family carers of ill family members, announced by the government
639: Australian's with criminal convictions were allowed to get a firearms licence in NZ - wait are people allowed into Australia "without" a criminal conviction these days?
30m: $ more from Gisborne from the regional slush fund - I mean the Provincial Growth Fund
58m: $ redevelopment for Auckland Zoo starting zoon

Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5325 (+0.0031)
EUR 0.5931 (+0.0029)
USD 0.6695 (+0.0066)
AUD 0.9536 (+0.0047)

The Weekender NZer of the week

Ernest Rutherford
The creator of modern atomic physics and forerunner of the nuclear age, Rutherford was one of the greatest scientists of the 20th century. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1908 and a baronetcy in 1931, choosing the title Baron Rutherford of Nelson. In the words of Einstein, he was “a second Newton”, the man who “tunnelled into the very material of God”: inventor, experimenter and Nelson farm boy.

Joke of the Weekender

How come you never see a headline like “Psychic Wins Lottery”?


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