The Weekender 07/03/2020

Hello, hope you've had a good week.


The Black Caps wrapped up the cricket test match series against India by winning the second test by seven wickets and the series 2-0. India batted first and reached 242 with Virat Kohli continuing his lean run with just 3, and Tim Southee picking up five wickets. New Zealand replied with 235 with 52 for opener Tom Latham and a valuable 49 by number 9 Kyle Jamieson. Then with India back in Trent Boult picked up four wickets and everyone joined in to restrict them to only 124. NZ easily reached 132 with openers Tom Latham and Tom Blundell getting half-centuries.
The White Ferns have fallen short at the Women's T20 Cricket World Cup after they narrowly lost to Australia.

In Super Rugby, the Blues had a good weekend last week getting back to back wins in South Africa when they convincingly beat the Stormers 14-33 in Cape Town.
This weekend the Waratah's Kiwi coach Rob Penny let loose after his team was embarrassed by a fantastic second-half performance by the Chiefs in Australia. The Waratahs were ahead 14-13 at half-time, but in the second half, a double in two minutes from Brad Webber was just the start as the Chiefs piled on 38 unanswered points to win 14-51. In the other trans-tasman game, the Queensland Red's Kiwi coach Brad Thorn was very upset when the Reds were narrowly beaten away to the Crusaders 24-20. The Brumbies also thrashed the Sunwolves 14-47.

The Football Ferns have advanced to the semi-finals of the Algarve Cup in Portugal after they beat Belgium in a penalty shootout.

Tom Walsh has claimed his 11th straight National shot put title, but Dame Valerie Adams was beaten by Canadian Brittany Crew although she did claim the National title.

NZ News

Former Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons has died unexpectedly from a stroke, aged 75.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had to pull NZ First Minister Shane Jones into line during the week after he was critical of Indian students and their impact on educational institutions. She went further today, telling people they should vote appropriately at the elections!

There was supposed to be strike action by Auckland bus drivers this week, but the night before the action it was announced that the strike was postponed after an offer of mediation.

The coronavirus numbers have jumped in NZ. I think we started the week on 2 and we are now on four with the first person-to-person transfer. Previously it had just been people who had been out of the country. The government doesn't exactly seem to be handling things well with one announcement being from the person via the paper, rather than through official channels, and eventually the Ministry of Health catching up. As with Australia, parts of NZ has seen panic buying of toilet paper. No one is quite sure why toilet paper is top of the list though. Update: Another announced today, that's five.

We got a day or two of good rain last weekend. Everything is still very very dry, but some more rain will go a long way to getting NZ green again.

The Numbers Game

7: sailors have been selected for the Olympics
7,015: teachers aged 65 or older, up from 3,070 in 2008
450,000: $ fine for a Wellington fishing company after their overloaded vessel sank off Kaikoura - they had 28 tonnes of fish rather than the allowed 5 tonnes
101m: $ dent on criminal activity made by the police in 2019 by the Police Asset Recovery Unit in restrained assets including bank accounts

Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.4871 (-0.0004)
EUR 0.5632 (-0.0036)
USD 0.6357 (0.0106)
AUD 0.9570 (-0.0007)

The Weekender NZer of the week

Jennifer Ward-Lealand
Jennifer Ward-Lealand Te Atamira named Kiwibank’s New Zealander of the Year.
New Zealander of the Year patron and former Prime Minister Jim Bolger said Ward-Lealand was an “outstanding choice” for the award.
“Her devotion to the performing arts sector has profoundly shaped the industry to better look after its people and represent New Zealand more authentically.

Joke of the Weekender

My SMS autocorrect just changed "I’m so concerned with existential anxieties it is difficult to breathe" to "I feel great".


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