The Weekender 09/05/2020

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Waikato's Sam Cane has been announced as the next All Black Captain. He was surprised by being asked but didn't have to think too long to accept the honour.

NZ News

The mess continues this week with the government both making up rules on what Level 2 looks like, and trying to sweep under the rug, any suggestion that they didn't do the lockdown legally. The Prime Minister's office actually issued a gagging order on all ministers, just before dumping thousands of pages of official papers, minutes and advice. It seems like they are trying to hide information in a deluge of data. So essentially they are now definitely in politics mode.
They have also had to deal with the increasing idea that the government is very inflexible and unfeeling when dealing with exemptions for people to visit dying relatives. There was yet another story today about someone whose father passed away while they desperately tried to get an exemption for a final visit.
One example of the poor contact tracing by the Ministry of Health & Government is one woman who was contacted four-and-a-half weeks after coming in close contact with a confirmed Covid-19 case.

Wellington's Transmission Gully not only has the problem of almost 100 workers having returned to Australia for Covid-19 (and being unwilling or unable to come back) but they need to re-lay sections of the road. All these things will delay it further.

There has been discussion of a Trans-Tasman bubble with talks of reintroducing direct flights between NZ and Tasmania.

The Numbers Game

2: new Covid-19 cases today, both linked to a rest home in Auckland, one a nurse - we did have a number of days this week with zero cases
5: weeks worth of takeaways were eaten in the first week they reopened after Level 4 lockdown
21: Covid-19 deaths so far
42: % drop in burglaries in Hawkes Bay during the lockdown
103: active Covid-19 cases
309: jobs dumped by Ngai Tahu, the owners of Shotover Jet, Franz Josef Glacier Guides, Agrodome and Rainbow Springs
1,000: NZers joined the benefit every day of last month
11,000: kiwis in high to moderate risk countries
20,000: $ fines for outdoor water use in Auckland as they face the worst drought in the cities history
10-14m: $ expected to be spent on repatriation

Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.4948 (0.0096)
EUR 0.5595 (0.0127)
USD 0.6138 (0.0072)
AUD 0.9394 (-0.0055)

The Weekender NZer of the week

Peter Jackson
Once upon a time – in fact only a generation ago – the likelihood of anyone even making a feature film here in New Zealand was laughably remote. The prospect of a Kiwi film director creating a huge worldwide smash hit seemed utterly impossible.

Joke of the Weekender

An old guy in his Volvo is driving home from work when his wife rings him on his cell phone.
"Honey," she says in a worried voice, "please be careful. There was a bit on the news just now, some lunatic is driving the wrong way down the highway."
"Oh it's worse than that," he replies, "there are hundreds of them!"


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