The Weekender 14/03/2020

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Last weekend in Super Rugby, the Highlanders were leading 5-10 at half-time against the Bulls but lost 38-15 and the Hurricanes had some shocking discipline allowing the Blues to win 24-15.
We went along to the Chiefs last night as they hosted the Hurricanes and after some bad calls by the ref narrowly lost 24-27 when Jordie Barrett kicked a penalty four minutes after full time. Even normally staid coach Warren Gatland noted that the Chiefs shouldn't have been penalised, and in seemingly typical Hurricanes style (these days), captain TJ Perenara led his team by showing them how to do high tackles. It was easily a red card, but he only got a yellow.

The Wellington Phoenix have hammered the Central Coast Mariners 3-1 in the Aussie A-League. The win keeps the Phoenix in the top four.

Israel Adesanya successfully defended his UFC middleweight championship this week but the fight was a rather underwhelming main event.

The Black Caps took on Australia last night in empty stands at the MCG for the first game in the Chappell-Hadlee series and lost by 71 runs. To add to things Lockie Ferguson has been placed in isolation after picking up a sore throat.

Race records were smashed at the Ironman New Zealand in Taupo last weekend.  The women's event was won by kiwi Teresa Adams taking 13 minutes off the course record while Brit Joe Skipper won the men's race.

Four-time Olympian Blyth Tait has retired from equestrian. In 1992 he became World No 1 and held that position for 10-years. He won individual gold at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, team silver in Barcelona and two Olympic bronze medals and also one the Burghley Horse Trials twice.

NZ News

We had some good rain Monday which has definitely started things turning green again, but more is needed and it's another blue sky day today.

The Huntly Expressway was opened on Monday last week, I will be making use of it today!

The government announced that Andrew Coster would become the new Police Commissioner.

John Tamihere has been confirmed as a Maori Party candidate for the upcoming general election. He was last in Parliament 15 years ago and lost his seat to the then Maori Party co-leader Sir Pita Sharples.

There have been no more confirmed coronavirus cases in New Zealand in the last week. The government's response was again in question when on Tuesday the Finance Minister Grant Robertson said he's had no official advice to suggest New Zealand is heading towards a recession as a result of the coronavirus, only for announcements to be made later that day. Yesterday he said that New Zealand is "in the eye of the storm".

National has started releasing details of their economic plans including cutting unnecessary Government red-tape, promising to get rid of 100 regulations in six months.

The Numbers Game

188: cpl for petrol with prices plummetting
458.2: kmh was the top speed with 363.436 kmh being the new New Zealand land speed record with Royal Air Force technician Sergeant Dean Hart in a jet-powered dragster
746: degC the hottest temperature ever recorded at White Island this week in the lava lobes
8,900: $ average spending on travel, food and accommodation by the Provincial Growth Fund staff - a total of $1.03m
9,000: people had self-isolated themselves due to the flu, I mean coronavirus, 54 hospital staff are in isolation, along with doctors and police with unthinking people turning up
9,816: $ average spending on air travel by Non-ministerial Green MP's, NZ First $8,059, National $7,332 and Labour $6,499
94,000: Wellington homes without power after an explosion at a Lower Hutt sub-station
2.7m: $ held by the Quit Group "charity" for over five years is to be paid out they say - they've been sitting on it, paying board members a combined $72,000/year for doing nothing - after a Taxpayers Union investigation
10m: $ more for North Island drought relief

Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.4942 (0.0071)
EUR 0.5443 (-0.0189)
USD 0.6064 (-0.0292)
AUD 0.9811 (0.0241)

The Weekender NZer of the week

Joseph Sinel
At a unique junction where the means of industrial production met a burgeoning consumer culture, New Zealander Joseph (Jo) Sinel recognized the need for new paradigm definition. He made use of a new term to reflect the age and his vocation. It was 1919 and the term was ‘Industrial Design’. It was a nifty neologism that captured how technology and art came together to create designs for life.

Joke of the Weekender

The police stops a computer hardware engineer: “Your light isn’t working. You have to get off your bike.”
IT guy: “I tried that but the light still isn’t working.”


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