The Weekender 07/09/2019

Welcome to spring. Down here at least. The first two days of spring were amazing blue sky days but we've had quite a bit of rain since then.


The Black Caps won the Twenty20 cricket series 1-2 after Sri Lanka won the last game - well Lasith Malinga won it, taking four wickets in four successive balls. For the second game, the Black Caps won by four wickets chasing 162 with both Ross Taylor and Martin Guptill out injured. The game finished oddly with Mitchell Santner appearing to be caught on the boundary before two fielders collided taking the ball over the rope for six. In the first game, the Black Caps won by five wickets.

Hayden Paddon is back in the WRC for the last two rounds with the all-new Ford Fiesta R5 MkII.

Tom Walsh has become the first man in history to defend the Diamond League shot put title when he threw 22.3 m in his first attempt in Brussels.

The Tall Blacks have done soo well but have missed out on the second round of the Basketball World Cup after a close 103-97 loss to Greece in their final pool game. If only there was someone good enough to play in the NBA, who could play for the team and help them with 6-7 extra points. In the previous game, they did well to beat Montenegro 93-83 with Corey Webster on fire top-scoring for both teams with 25 points. In their first game, the Tall Blacks lost 102-94 to Brazil.

Last weekend in rowing the Women's eight won gold and NZ topped the World Championships with four gold medals and two silvers, qualifying nine boats for the Tokyo Olympics next year.

Team New Zealand launched their first boat for the 2021 America's Cup this week. This will be their learning boat and they have one more boat on the way.

The Silver Ferns have retained the services of Laura Langman and Maria Folau after the two were widely tipped to retire after the world cup that has just been.

The All Blacks play Tonga this afternoon here in Hamilton as a final warm-up test before departing for the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

NZ News

This week the news has been about the KiwiBuild reset. The (new) Housing Minister admitted that putting targets around KiwiBuild was a mistake, so the Government has dropped the "100,000" homes target and now they are just doing "something". They will tell us how much it will cost, and after they are done they will tell us that they have succeded against their previously undefined targets. One good thing is that they are dropping the required deposit from 10% to 5%.

The other interesting government announcement this week was the new water regulations which are very very tough against farmers. The thing is that it was announced by Minister of Trade and Export Growth David Parker - who was previously Minister of Economic Development - and has done a huge amount in the last two weeks to harm economic development, trade and export growth. He also stopped a hydro dam on the West Coast despite three councils, iwi, Department of Conservation and 90% of the people supporting it. As pointed out the irony is that with such a "green" anti-farming Labour party, there isn't really a need for the Green Party. The Green Party should be all about the environment, but they haven't had any of the portfolio's or done anything environmental it seems.

The Numbers Game

5.2: magnitude earthquake was reported near Turangi on Thursday
80: % water in Auckland's reservoirs after a dry six months had them below 60% capacity at the start of July
1059: cases of the measles, 40% of measles cases in Auckland are Pacific Islanders, 69% are in South Auckland. The US, UK and Australia have warned citizens travelling to NZ
20,000: searches for barbecues on the first week of spring as TradeMe searches for BBQs, jandals and outdoor furniture increase signalling warmer weather ahead
19m: $ announced for a walking track across Mt Taranaki, from the Regional Economic Development (slush) fund
60m: $ injection from the Government into Pharmac to fund cancer treatments
94.8m: $ from the Government to upgrade the rail line from Whangarei to Auckland
469: kg of methamphetamine for a record drug haul by NZ Customs was worth an estimated $230m

Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5210 (0.0018)
EUR 0.5748 (0.0014)
USD 0.6399 (0.0086)
AUD 0.9345 (-0.0024)

The Weekender NZer of the week

Jean Batten
She was the manifestation of triumph and hope against the odds through the dark days of the Depression. In 1934, she smashed, by six days, Amy Johnson’s flight time between England and Australia. The following year, she was the first woman to make the return flight. In 1936, she made the first-ever direct flight between England and New Zealand and then the fastest ever trans-Tasman flight. Jean Batten was the ‘Garbo of the Skies’. She stood for adventure, daring, exploration and glamour. In her time, Jean Batten was one of the most famous people in the world.

Joke of the Weekender

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