The Weekender 20/07/2019

Hi, there are a bunch of well-worn edges of couches after last Sunday night/Monday morning!


So, the game of the century was the Cricket World Cup final at Lords in England, between England and the Black Caps. New Zealand batted first and reached 241 for eight, while England was all out in the last over, the last ball for 241. So following the draw it came down to a super over. England batted first and got 15, so NZ needed 16 to win - and got 15. England won the game based on boundaries scored. There are so many things to say, Ben Stokes' 6 on the ground, or the tie-tie rule change, or that we didn't actually lose, or that Christchurch-born Ben Stokes won it for England, but we were seriously stoked just to be there, and even though we lost, it was an awesome game, and so great to see two respectful teams playing it. Can you imagine if one of - or both, Australia and India had played a game like that? So after the dust settled, Kane Williamson was named player of the tournament, and Skipper of the World Cup tournament team. Lochie Ferguson was also named in the team. As if Stokes' heroics for England weren't enough, he has also been nominated for the New Zealander of the Year Award!

In rugby, the Maori All Blacks played Fiji last weekend and were beaten 27-10, they are playing again now in Rotorua. The Black Ferns have won the women's rugby super series and retained their World Number One ranking, beating England 28-13 in the deciding match.

In the Netball World Cup, the Silver Ferns made light work of their week, beating Barbados 78-25, Singapore 89-21, Zimbabwe 79-36 and Northern Ireland 77-28. Then they played Australia and while Australia did win, the narrow 49-50 loss gave them great hope that they have recovered from their recent slump.

The NZ Warriors hopes of making the finals are up in the air after a rare draw against Brisbane 18-18 after 90 minutes and golden goal failed the separate the teams. This weekend they did beat Shaun Johnson's Sharks 19-18 in Wellington with Blake Green scoring his first NRL field goal.

NZ News

National this week pointed out the flaws of the government's vehicle plans. They are planning to ban quite a number of popular vehicles, branded as unsafe, but they are also planning to make "green" cars cheaper by subsidising them. The issue is that their policies point to subsidising unsafe vehicles because they came out with multiple opposing policies almost at the same time.

PM Jacinda Ardern has backed KiwiBuild after the Auditor-General started investigating whether the scheme skirted rules by backing housing developments that were already underway.
The PM may also be wondering about increasing the Air Force budget after her plane broke down in Australia after taking her there for a quick trip. I assume she found alternative arrangements, but a second Air Force plane sent to bring back the political journalists also broke down. Maybe the Air Force is trying to tell her she is welcome to stay there?

The government has shown it will back down, regardless of what it says, when faced with strike action, so up next is the DHB psychologists, who are refusing to work overtime for five weeks.

The government has planned an ambitious Road to Zero safety plan. Obviously, it would be impossible to have a road toll of zero, but I definitely think it's still worth aiming for it. The AA has welcomed the plan saying it is "comprehensive and ambitious", but that it will cost billions to realise. The National leader pointed out that they've ignored the single biggest thing they could do by investing in the roads of national significance.

The Numbers Game

2nd: steepest street in the world for Dunedin's Baldwin Street after a North Wales town petitioned to become the world's steepest street
1,200: lightning strikes in the South Island over 24 hours last Sunday

4,500: lightning strikes over the country in 24 hours early in the week
9m: $ paid by Aucklanders for driving in bus lanes in less than a year
75m: $ pay deal for Kindy teachers after four days of negotiations - that has to be a slap in the face for how hard teachers had to push to get their deal

Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5411 (+0.0085)
EUR 0.6021 (+0.0090)
USD 0.6764 (+0.0069)
AUD 0.9608 (+0.0072)

The Weekender NZer of the week

Sir Edmund Hillary
Sir Ed would have been 100 this week so here is an article celebrating more than just conquering Everest sixty six years ago.

Joke of the Weekender

Nostalgia: How long’s that been around?


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