The Weekender 18/05/2019

The nights are getting colder, but the days are still lovely.


Sport

In Super Rugby, the Hurricanes dropped their first ever game to the Jaguares after they let them get away to an 8-21 half time lead and the Jaguares retained the lead to win 20-28. Last weekend the Highlanders hung on to just beat the Jaguares 32-27, and for the Chiefs, stand-in captain Brad Weber played his socks off as the Chiefs beat the Sharks 29-23.
Finally, in good news for the Chiefs, Sam Cane is back from his neck injury, seven months after the injury against South Africa.

The NZ Warriors backed up last weekend's win with a win this weekend over the Penrith Panthers10-30. It was a good game for new signing Kodi Nikorima. Last weekend the Warriors beat the Dragons 18-26.

In Football's A-League, Phoenix player Roy Krishna was named the Best Player.

The Black Ferns Sevens have bounced back in Canada to win the round and extend their lead in the Championship.

Casey Kopua had her final home game with the Waikato/BOP Magic as they won 61-52 over the Northern Mystics in the ANZ Netball Premiership.

In the IndyCars, Scott Dixon lost the lead on the second to last lap in Indianapolis. He also moves from third to second on the championship. As he prepares for the Indy 500, he hit a speed record of 380 kph and was second quickest on the second day of practice.


NZ News

The government announced a $3.8 billion package over 30 years for public transport in Wellington. But it is pretty clear what this government thinks about roads, vehicles and their drivers when the Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter used the term "car fascists". It is expected to be 60% of the $6.4b estimated to address congestion problems in the city.

The measles outbreak in Canterbury is officially over.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was in Paris this week for the Christchurch Call to Action, urging governments and tech companies to agree to tackle violent online content in social media. Facebook pre-empted the meeting with an announcement the night before and the US and China didn't turn up, but it was a well received.

The Primary School teachers are pretty angry. The Ministry of Education has been running a continuous media campaign against the teachers, but the teachers are booked in for a mega-strike (Primary and Secondary) on Wednesday the 29th. In fact, the teachers were discussing just booking in continuous strikes every second Wednesday until the end of the year. 50,000 teachers aren't happy.

Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters said it was a sad day for New Zealand after Fonterra sold the "Tip Top" brand to European giant Froneri. He probably wouldn't have liked Fonterra falling over with lack of capital either. And he didn't mention anything about a kiwi conglomerate buying Vodafone NZ.


The Numbers Game

3: days an Invercargill cleaner spent looking for a traveller's lost diamond before finding it when it glinted in the light
4,500: $ in costs and declined leave to appeal from the Supreme Court in favour of National over copyright to the Eminem song "Lose Yourself"
2.2m: $ announced by the government to help combat unemployment in the Bay
200m: $ spend by the government on housing for 2,700 long-term homeless
1b: $ in cuts to 'low-priority' spending from the government, including canning the Education fees-free policy saving $200m
1b: $ in tax from tobacco, alcohol and gambling just from Maori in 2018


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5129 (+0.0055)
EUR 0.5841 (-0.0028)
USD 0.6523 (-0.0071)
AUD 0.9506 (+0.0087)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Maurice Wilkins
A Nobel Prize winner in Physiology and Medicine in 1962 for his contribution to the discovery of the structure of DNA – the very essence of life itself – and a New Zealander by birth, Maurice Wilkins is among our greatest achievers.
https://www.nzedge.com/legends/maurice-wilkins/


Joke of the Weekender

So what if I can’t spell Armageddon? It’s not the end of the world.

 

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The Weekender 11/05/2019

Welcome back. We had an awesome time out at Great Barrier Island, staying at Orama for a lovely break.


Sport

So Super Rugby didn't wait for our holiday! Three weeks ago the influential All Black trio helped the Hurricanes to a 47-19 win over the Chiefs.
Last weekend the Blues couldn't quite do it against the Brumbies, beaten 26-21, and the Chiefs stole a last-minute 31-31 draw against the Highlanders. Ben Smith injured his knee and that might be the last time he plays for the Highlanders. The Hurricanes beat the Melbourne Rebels 29-19 and the Crusaders didn't play too well but scored after the final hooter to draw 21-21 with the Sharks.
Last night Richie Mo'unga stared as Sevu Reece scored a hat-trick as the Crusaders beat the Bulls 13-45 and the Hurricanes beat the Blues 12-22.
Sam Whitelock has re-signed with NZ Rugby until 2023, but he will take the option of a sabbatical. Waisake Naholo will be leaving NZ rugby at the end of the year to join English club London Irish.

The NRL admitted that the ref cost the Warriors the game in the ANZAC Day 13-12 loss to the Melbourne Storm. That didn't help the following week as the Warriors were beaten 36-18 by the Newcastle Knights. But they did get some good news during the week with Kiwis halfback Kodi Nikorima announcing that he was leaving Brisbane to join the Warriors immediately, in a huge signing for the Warriors.

Brendon Hartley continues to remain busy after F1, with news that he is replacing Fernando Alonso at the Toyota World Endurance Championship.
Scott McLaughlin added another win in the Aussie V8's, this time under lights in Perth.


NZ News

News about the shoddy mess that KiwiBuild is, continues to surface. Two weeks ago it was the Minister of Housing, Phil Twyford telling everyone he was "surprised" to learn that officials were carrying out KiwiBuild assessments verbally. If he didn't know about it, then he certainly isn't responsible for the mess ... right?

The government is underplaying their plans for decriminalising drugs, in fact, they aren't even referring to that as being what they are doing - but they are. They are pushing through the Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill making drugs a health issue rather than a criminal issue. The bill even goes so far as to block the Police from prosecuting unless "it is in the public interest" to do so.
It's staggering to me, given the clear and obvious issues. Let's just take the road toll which continues to rise. The Waikato Police recently advertised the causes of fatal road accidents. Alcohol was 22% and Drugs 24%. Even with some of those being both a factor in a single accident, that is a sizable chunk of our road deaths caused by both of those drugs - and they want to relax the rules?
National leaked the options that the government is using for the referendum, saying that there are huge gaps in the options. They point out that the Cabinet paper clearly says smoking marijuana is detrimental for the development of under 25-year-olds, but they are recommending a legal age of 20 with no explanation.

The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford have announced their engagement.

Health Minister David Clark has sacked the board of the Waikato DHB and appointed a commissioner.


The Numbers Game

1: # most trusted politician by Australian's, is NZ's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
8: Queensland fruit flies found in Auckland over the past three and a half months
10: years since the legendary "always blow on the pie" video was filmed - the classic Kiwi cop's stalling tactic https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=always+blow+on+the+pie
11: guns were taken from a police station after they left the door open, they were quickly recovered and a man arrested
18: months after the Census, Stats NZ will finally begin releasing the data, the government has promised $6m to "fix" the bungled Census
150: dead on our roads this year, up from 137 at this time last year, and sixteen people died on Taupo roads in 34 days
4,958: people were admitted to hospitals because of dog bites between 2004 and 2014, jumping from 8.3 per 100,000 in the 1990s to 11.3, and above 12 in the last two years
1m: $ spent by the Corrections Department to buy 193 slushy machines for the prison guards, people are rightly upset at the total cost, but did anyone note that is $7,300 each!
2b: $ cost for a school reform according to a group of Principals opposed to the changes


Finance NZ Dollar

Since 27/04/2019 (14 days ago).
GBP 0.5074 (-0.0084)
EUR 0.5869 (-0.0100)
USD 0.6594 (-0.0069)
AUD 0.9419 (-0.0048)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Lawrence Mabey
One of the greatest air gunners of the war - according to the American Guinness Book Of Records.
If you don't know the stories of Lou Mabey then this article makes for some good reading.
https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/112062102/kiwi-flies-bomber-solo-to-strike-at-berlin-during-world-war-ii-mission-gone-awry


Joke of the Weekender

Here’s some advice: At a job interview, tell them you’re willing to give 110 percent. Unless the job is a statistician.

Darren Harrison: darren@harrison.gen.nz
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The Weekender 27/04/2019

Welcome along, next weekend I'll take a break as the family is having a holiday over to Great Barrier Island, it should be fun.


Sport

The Black Fern Sevens had some trouble in the Japanese leg after they let their winning record slip with a draw against Russia and then lost to France for the first time in the Seven's series.
Last weekend in Super Rugby, the Highlanders got their third win of the season beating the Blues 24-12, while in South Africa the Brumbies beat the Stormers 19-17.
This weekend, former Chief Sevu Reece got two tries to help the Crusaders to a 36-10 win over the Lions in a replay of last year's final, while the Highlanders hit top gear thrashing the Sunwolves 0-52 with a dominant forwards performance.

The Warriors have had a bad couple of weeks. Last weekend they were beaten 17-10 by North Queensland, and this weekend for the ANZAC day match against Melbourne Storm, they put up and amazing fight and were leading near the end until the Storm were given a penalty despite a knock-on to level the score and then they got a miracle drop goal to win the game 13-12. The Storm are a great side, and it doesn't hurt that they get more than their fair share of 50-50 calls.

In the World Cup Series sailing regatta in Genoa, Paul Snow-Hansen and Dan Wilcox won the 470 medal race to complete the triple with Isaac McHardie and William McKenzie taking silver and Peter Burling and Blair Tuke getting the bronze in the 49ers.

Last weekend Roy Krishna had a record-breaking hat-trick to give the Wellington Phoenix a late 3-2 win over Melbourne City. The Phoenix have missed out on a home semi but I think are pretty safe to make the playoffs.

Four White Ferns have been selected to play in the Women's Twenty20 Cricket Challenge in India next month, alongside the men's IPL finals.


NZ News

The story of the week was without a doubt the helicopter crash near the Auckland Islands. A Southern Lakes helicopter and it's three crew were tasked with flying to the Auckland Islands (half way to Antarctica). They were to stay on the island for the night while bad weather passed, and then pluck a man needing medical attention, off a fishing boat and take him back to Invercargill. Nothing about that sounds simple but things went worse when two minutes out from landing on the island the helicopter went radio-silent. Southern Lakes prepared for the worst and rolled a rescue operation into gear. The four helicopters didn't find anything and then the bad weather rolled in. The next day a fishing vessel discovered helicopter wreckage off the coast of the island. But a little later a helicopter found the three walking along the beach. I guess everyone on those sorts of flights always have full emersion swimming suits on, but those three did. One got briefly knocked unconscious during the crash, but he was pulled free and the three of them swam in complete darkness and freezing water to the island where they were found. Wow.

The information coming out of Sri Lanka is confusing but the attack which killed 253 was known about 10 days before and apparently referenced as retaliation for the Christchurch attack. There was also media reports of an alleged terror plot to attack the Gallipoli ANZAC service in response to Christchurch.
This week Prince William paid a visit to Christchurch to meet some of those affected by the attack, and he also attended an ANZAC day ceremony.

A story has come out this week that the Australian military is rejecting ex-pat Kiwis on the grounds that they could pose a security threat. A 2001 law change saw Australia remove access to permanent residency - which is a legal requirement for joining the military.


The Numbers Game

1: # most trusted brand in Australia is ... Air New Zealand
3: people died on the roads over Easter, four fewer than 2018 but still three too many
4.8: Richter scale earthquake hit the lower North Island with a short and sharp jolt


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5158 (+0.0013)
EUR 0.5968 (+0.0023)
USD 0.6663 (-0.0024)
AUD 0.9467 (+0.0124)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Sir Keith Park
The Kiwi who saved the world.
I've always been a big fan of Sir Keith, but this week I saw an interesting dramatised documentary on his exploits.
Read about him below.
Also, today he is being honoured in his home town of Thames with a bronze statue, I'll have to go for a look one day. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12225174&ref=rss
https://www.nzedge.com/legends/warriors/legend-keith-park/


Joke of the Weekender

A Canadian psychologist is 
selling a video that teaches you how to test your dog’s IQ. Here’s how it works: If you spend $12.99 for the video, your dog 
is smarter than you.

 

Darren Harrison: darren@harrison.gen.nz
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The Weekender 20/04/2019

Hello, and welcome to Easter!


Sport

News from last weekend is that Damian McKenzie has been ruled out of the Rugby World Cup with his knee injury. It is a big blow to the Chiefs season, but he was certainly a welcome spark with the All Blacks as well. It happened during the Chiefs 33-29 win over the on form Blues, allowing the Chiefs to jump off the bottom of the NZ Conference. The discussions around who should replace him for the World Cup have been interesting with everyone from Aaron Cruden to Dan Carter suggested. I don't think Stephen Donald will be available.
This week the understrength Chiefs had a surprise loss to the Lions 17-23, while the Hurricanes came back from 13 points down to beat the Sunwolves 23-29.

The NZ Warriors blew a 12-point lead and a great chance to beat the Rabbitohs, losing 28-24.

The Waikato/BOP Magic beat the Northern Tactix 57-50 for their second win in a row.

Israel Adesanya has stormed home in the latest UFC fight for a unanimous points decision against American Kelvin Gastelum. He is certainly making his mark on the sport.

The Kiwis are sharing around the Aussie V8 race wins with Fabian Coulthard having his first race win in 11 months in the second leg of the Phillip Island event.
Mitch Evans had a break-through win for himself and Jaguar in the Formula E Championship.

In the English Premiership, Chris Wood scored twice to lead Burnley to a win over Cardiff City.


NZ News

The National terror threat has finally been downgraded from the March 15th attacks from high to medium.

Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters announced that the government would be 'revitalising' the racing industry which has been in serious decline. I wonder if he said it with a straight face.

The Auditor General has announced that he will be taking a closer look at the Provincial Growth Fund's operation and finances.

Auckland mayor Phil Goff told Auckland Transport that "you are not a dictatorship" - it is unconfirmed if he further added, "because we can only have one of us in Auckland".

One of the stories of the week was about kiwi nurse Louisa Akavi. She was captured by the Islamic State in 2013 and has never been forgotten with the Red Cross and the government trying repeatedly to get her back. But they've been doing it quietly. This week the Red Cross made a worldwide public appeal, which the government thinks will put her life in danger, and they aren't happy.

The second big story was Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern canning the entire Capital Gains Tax idea, saying it will never happen while she is in charge. It's very weird. Some people are saying Winston blocked it, but she ruled it out permanently. The Taxpayers Union are stoked, noting 5,000 people using their tool to email Winston and Jacinda. Some people are saying it was just a sensible decision but those on the extreme left are very upset about this, and it goes completely against this government's rhetoric that this will be a "transformational government". CGT is dead, KiwiBuild is having all sorts of issues, and everything else seems to be making things worse, not better.

The cost of Auckland's City Rail link has jumped $1b to $4.410b, with the City Rail chief pretty clear that one of the factors for the price increase was political pressure to underplay costs so that taxpayers wouldn't be scared off by the price tag. I find this almost unbelievable that a fuss hasn't been kicked up about this. The politicians forced them to lie to get it through. I'm just staggered that something like this is allowed to happen.


The Numbers Game

1: # top search for people wanting to change their jobs was for becoming a Police officer
18: days to rebuild the Waiho Bridge on the West Coast after a major flood washed it away, 300 cars were waiting to cross it when it opened
33: hours swinging for Charlie O'Brien (on a swing) to set a new world record for the Napier teenager
58: ANZAC day events were cancelled at the request of the Police, simply because their staff are exhausted with all the extra security work recently
100: days of waiting for pre-schoolers with disabilities to get extra help - despite the Government's commitment to cut wait times a year ago
483: undersized paua stolen by a couple of men from a Central Hawkes Bay beach
4,300: trainee teachers, the highest number in four years
6,000: $ was offered by a courier company after they damaged a $50,000 artwork
9,500: cannabis plants seized by Police and NZ Defence Force during a three-week operation
46,000: $ paid for two giant tuna caught by Takitimu Seafoods last week, they were 230kg northern bluefin tuna and a 135kg tuna
500,000: $ in fines and reparation from Southern District Health Board after an X-ray machine crushed a worker's arm
4.8b: $ is now the estimated social cost of fatal and injury crashes


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5145 (-0.0025)
EUR 0.5946 (-0.0031)
USD 0.6687 (-0.0078)
AUD 0.9343 (-0.0098)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Yvette Williams
The first New Zealand woman to win an Olympic gold medal, died last week aged 89.
https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/sport/387421/remembering-yvette-trailblaz...


Joke of the Weekender

Q. What’s the difference between ignorance and apathy?
A. I don’t know and I don’t care.

 

Darren Harrison: darren@harrison.gen.nz
The Weekender: mailed weekly (Sunday nightish)
Website: www.dunwich.co.nz/weekender/
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