The Weekender 04/04/2020

Welcome along. There isn't much news on right now - apart from Covid-19, and that's no fun. I might switch to fortnightly until things start up again!


There isn't much sport but Eddie Jones has re-signed with England until the 2023 Rugby World Cup, and Tony Lewis - the co-inventor of cricket's Duckworth-Lewis calculation has died aged 78.

NZ News

New Zealand has 82 new Covid 19 cases for a total of 950 as the Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield has suggested that cases might have peaked. Out of the 82 cases, 52 were confirmed and 30 were probables. There were 10 significant clusters including a wedding at Bluff with 55 cases and a St Patrick's Day party in Matamata with 54 cases. 127 people have recovered. During the week the government promised to increase testing by 35% to 5,000/day.
Unfortunately, during the week we had our first related death with a woman in her 70's who died in Greymouth.
The government made a bit of a mockery with the lockdown by allowing quite a number of stores to open up during the week. The Warehouse, Noel Leeming, Harvey Norman, Briscoes, Mitre 10 and PB Tech are now all allowed to offer online contact-less delivery.
Perhaps based on the Government no longer caring about the lockdown, the Health Minister (no less!) David Clark has been caught flouting the Government's lockdown advice, when he drove to a mountain biking park near Dunedin and went for a ride - leaving his sign written van in the car park. He really should have been fired long ago, and certainly should have been for this, but of course, he doesn't even get in trouble for it.
Radio Sport has been shut down, and some of NZ's most well-known magazines are shutting down and making all their staff redundant. The Listener, North & South and NZ's Woman's Weekly and their 237 staff have published their last magazine unless they find a new owner quickly.

In what I think must have been a comedy piece - perhaps to lift people's mood during this time - the headline said: "Player behaviour has improved in Australian cricket". And who was this independent third party that came to such a calculated considered opinion? None other than the Australian Captain Tim Paine.

The Numbers Game

4.8: magnitude earthquake across the top of the South Island near Seddon
1,800: emails to the government's price gouging inbox

Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.4800 (-0.0049)
EUR 0.5451 (0.0043)
USD 0.5890 (-0.0150)
AUD 0.9819 (0.0022)

The Weekender NZer of the week

Frances Alda
“New Zealand’s most famous daughter” began her career in Europe, singing at Covent Garden, La Scala and the Opera-Comique in Paris, and became a star member of the New York Metropolitan Opera, one of the world’s most enduring and distinguished opera companies. She was described as “one of the great voices of the Twentieth Century”.

Joke of the Weekender

Level of cooking expertise: Using smoke alarm as timer.


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