The Weekender 13/07/2019

Hi, the weather doesn't know if it's good or bad at the moment, the days seem to be alternating.


Sport

The game of this week was obviously the Black Caps, who knocked highly favoured India out of the Cricket World Cup. It was a stunning, surprising and unexpected win after the Black Caps had lost three games leading up to the semi-finals. So the game was played over two rain-interrupted days. New Zealand batted first and reached 239 with Kane Williamson scoring 67, and serial-run-out-artist Ross Taylor reaching 74 before being run out. In reply, India's first three much-vaunted batsmen were each bowled out for 1 run with a fourth coming at 24 runs. They never recovered from there, and with Jimmy Neesham taking a great catch and Martin Guptill firing in an amazing run out to take out MS Dhoni, India was all out for 221.
In the other semi-final, England bowled Australia out for 223, and then beat them by eight wickets. So last World Cup, NZ had to play Australia in Melbourne for the final, and this time around we have to play England at Lord's. Tomorrow.

The Crusader took on the Jaguares last weekend for the Super Rugby title and won 19-3 to win their third "three-peat" and their tenth title. The Crusaders scored the only try and the Jaguares had the majority of possession and territory but the Crusaders defence was up to the task.
This weekend in rugby, Fiji has beaten the NZ Maori 24-10 in Suva. And Beauden Barrett has re-signed with NZ Rugby for four years - but not with the Hurricanes. He is heading to the Auckland Blues as his wife comes from Auckland.

The NZ Warriors had a comeback 24-20 win over Newcastle last weekend, despite yet another bunker blunder against the Warriors. Maumalo scored a clean try according to the replays but the bunker overturned the try decision but the Warriors scored late to win anyway.

The Silver Ferns banished memories of their last loss against Malawi beating them 64-45 in their opening match of the Netball World Cup in Liverpool.


NZ News

The government announced a deal this week aiming to get greener* cars on the road. Their plan is to provide an $8,000 subsidy for emission-free** vehicles, and to pay for it by charging $3,000 on the "highest greenhouse gas-emitting cars imported to New Zealand". The best quote about the deal is "Let’s be very clear: this is a tax on Otara vehicles to subsidise Teslas in Remuera". Another goodie from the Federated Farmers was "It's going to be pretty hard to fit a bundle of strainer posts on the back of a Nisan Leaf."
* By "greener" I think they just mean that the energy is created at a different place (i.e. a power station) to the car itself, allowing the owners to conveniently ignore power generation and delivery questions.
** Again, "emission-free" at the vehicle itself, not at the energy source

The government has again tried to do something nice - but without thinking ... at all. There were 150,000 students who had credits held back because of unpaid NCEA fees. The government announced that all NCEA fees would be wiped. Those people are probably pretty happy, but the angry ones are those connected to parents who worked overtime for a long long time to pay off their child's fees. Another parent talked about how it took them eight months to pay off the fees. A teacher talked about how one student stopped going to school because their parents couldn't pay the fees. The system may have been odd, to begin with, but just randomly scrapping the fees seems like a knee-jerk reaction that nobody took any time to think about.

The Government and Prime Minister's Business Advisory Council has said NZ was at an "infrastructure crisis point" and had no master plan to fix it. They said there was "no overarching vision or leadership in New Zealand for infrastructure development".


The Numbers Game

1.05m: great white shark found on Ninety Mile Beach - the smallest ever recorded
9: years since the Scott Guy murder and there has been no justice for the family
25.50: $/hr to be paid to family carers of ill family members, announced by the government
639: Australian's with criminal convictions were allowed to get a firearms licence in NZ - wait are people allowed into Australia "without" a criminal conviction these days?
30m: $ more from Gisborne from the regional slush fund - I mean the Provincial Growth Fund
58m: $ redevelopment for Auckland Zoo starting zoon


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5325 (+0.0031)
EUR 0.5931 (+0.0029)
USD 0.6695 (+0.0066)
AUD 0.9536 (+0.0047)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Ernest Rutherford
The creator of modern atomic physics and forerunner of the nuclear age, Rutherford was one of the greatest scientists of the 20th century. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1908 and a baronetcy in 1931, choosing the title Baron Rutherford of Nelson. In the words of Einstein, he was “a second Newton”, the man who “tunnelled into the very material of God”: inventor, experimenter and Nelson farm boy.
https://www.nzedge.com/legends/ernest-rutherford/


Joke of the Weekender

How come you never see a headline like “Psychic Wins Lottery”?

 

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The Weekender 06/07/2019

It was a lovely morning for an early (ripper) rugby game this morning, the sun came out and warmed things up nicely.


Sport

Last weekend in the Super Rugby semi-finals, the Crusaders outlasted the Hurricanes 30-26 in a game that looked over in the first half but roared back to life in the second half. For the final, the Crusaders will have Ryan Crotty and Scott Barrett out injured - a pity for them because they always win when Ryan Crotty is playing.
Just following up the allegations against a couple of Crusader players when they toured South Africa - the independent investigation found that the allegations were either not substantiated or not upheld.
The Crusaders and Jaguares have just started the Super Rugby 2019 Final.

In the cricket world cup, the Black Caps were well beaten by England but snuck into the semi-finals after Pakistan needed to score something like 500 runs to get a higher run rate.

Last weekend Joseph Parker had a solid win over Australian Alex Leapai with a TKO in the eighth round.

Wellington Phoenix player Sapreet Singh has confirmed a move to German super club Bayer Munich. The deal is thought to be worth $750k - $1m.

Patrick Bevan has been announced as a rider for the next Tour de France - becoming the fifth NZer to race in three or more events.

Hayden Paddon is returning to the WRC for the Rally of Finland. Hyundai signed someone else for Rally Finland so Hayden realised they weren't going to ask him to come back so he called the M-Sport team and within two days had arranged a drive in the M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC car.
Aussie V8 Championship leader Scott McLaughlin became the first driver in a decade to win seven consecutive races when he won the Saturday race in Townsville today. It was his 13th win of the season as he hunts down Craig Lowndes' record of 16 race wins in a season. Lowndes also holds the record of eight straight wins from 1996.


NZ News

The government's ban against single-use plastic bags came into effect this week, but one Indian takeaway showed just how narrow and ineffective the law was. The law specifically stated that the bags had to have handles, so they carried on (temporarily at least) using their plastic bags - they just cut the handles off.

The Waihi mine was planning an extension that would have provided jobs from 2028 to 2036 and despite the government tightening rules, the submission was approved by the Overseas Investment Office. Then it went to David Clark as Associate Finance Minister - who cleared it. But then it went to Green MP Eugenie Sage as Minister of Conservation and Minister of the Environment, and the deal is canned. Surely she had good reasons? She cited a Brazilian mudslide as she explained it's too dangerous. I'm surprised she didn't say a lahar from Mt Ruapehu might run amok in the Waihi mine.
This is the same week that information comes out about how business confidence is at a 10-year low, and it seems to show how the government is anti-business. Like with Taranaki, where they canned a $28b project that provided 3,000 jobs and tried to roll in as superheroes when they announced a $26m Clean Energy Centre. It only adds up if you don't know anything about business (i.e. a Labour MP).

The Principal's continue their fight for better pay. They have announced a six-week ban on working with the Ministry of Education unless they get a better pay offer.


The Numbers Game

4: out of the last five years have had the first week in May as the most dangerous of the year based on ACC claims - the first week of kids sport
4: times as many Aucklanders are suffering from flu-like symptoms this season
16: km of median barriers have been installed - the government promised to install 198km by mid-2021
28: new cases of measles - caused by eight people arriving from overseas
45: $ extra per year for a car with the new 3cpl tax increase in Auckland that started this week
61: news schools planned by the Government by 2030, but only one has been funded so far
78: driving infringements issued in Wellington in two hours - left Police "shocked and disappointed"
150: $/child grant for school camps and schools can charge - after it was looking like the government's new no-charge rule would rule out all school camps
100,000: kiwis have signed a petition heading to Parliament to improve support for cancer medicine


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5294 (-0.0001)
EUR 0.5902 (+0.0000)
USD 0.6629 (-0.0093)
AUD 0.9489 (-0.0084)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Emma Rigby
The day after the London Riots stopped, former Rotorua woman Emma Rigby said she was going to make her community better.
That's exactly what she did and this week she became the first New Zealand Citizen to receive a British Citizen Award at the Palace of Westminster in London.
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12246149&ref=rss


Joke of the Weekender

There’s no “I” in denial.

 

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The Weekender 29/06/2019

Hi, we have had a lovely few days of cold frosty mornings and amazing blue sky days.


Sport

Last weekend in the Super Rugby quarter-finals, the Hurricanes held out the Bulls to win 35-28 in Wellington, to book a game tonight against the Crusaders.
Last night the "South African" conference winners, Argentina's Jaguares thrashed the ACT Brumbies 39-7 to reach their first Super Rugby final. In the other semi-final, the Crusaders are leading the Hurricanes 10-0 after half an hour.
In other rugby news Chiefs coach Colin Cooper has stepped down with a year on his contract, and the next day the Chiefs announced they had signed current Wales coach Warren Gatland as the new coach - although he has to take some time off for the British & Irish Lions tour he has already been appointed for.

Last weekend the Kiwi Ferns beat Fetu Samoa, winning 46-8 at Mt Smart Stadium.

The Black Caps had a five-run win over the West Indies in the World Cup after Kane Williamson got 148. The Windies started well but collapsed to 164 for seven, but Brathwaite had a great game scoring a century and only slightly mistimed a shot which could have won the game.
In the Black Caps next game, Pakistan was too good for NZ with Babar Azam scoring an unbeaten century leading Pakistan to a six-wicket win.

The Silver Ferns lost 54-50 to the New Zealand Men's Invitational team in a pre-World Cup match. Tonight they played them again and lost 66-54.

Luuka Jones had her first ever podium finish at the Canoe Slalom World Cup in Slovakia, taking the Silver in the K1 final.
NZ women rowers have won four golds at the world cup event in Poland. The women's pair and women's double sculls won, along with single sculler Emma Twigg and the women's light double sculls won a photo finish.

Last weekend I mentioned that Scott McLaughlin had won the first race in Darwin, but he also won the top 10 shoot out and the second race, to become the first driver ever to win the triple crown. He also moved to second-equal with the legend Peter Brock for the number of career pole positions.


NZ News

The first section of the Pike River Mine has been explored and nothing of interest has been found.

The OECD stepped into the KiwiBuild mess this week saying the Government should make significant changes to the policy and do more to focus on people on low incomes.
Finally, the previously stated "minor" cabinet reshuffle has happened this week with Phil Twyford stripped of his Housing portfolio. A few other ministers have been moved up but that is about it. Arden has said that the Housing portfolio was "too great for one Minister" - which sounds like if no one person is in charge, it will be easy for things to get duplicated or lost in the cracks. Popular MP Kris Faafoi has been promoted into Cabinet.

The education sector is mostly settled down again with primary and secondary teachers both accepting the government's latest pay offer. However, Primary Principals have rejected the offer because it would mean that some teachers are paid more than their principals. The Education Minister Chris Hipkins said the teachers pay offer was "the final deal" - but then again that is exactly what they've been saying ever since they got into power and obviously that wasn't true.
Some Principals are also pointing out that the government's plan to axe parent donations will see most schools worse off. Schools won't be funded to the same level by the government, so schools will have to cut "essential learning experiences".

There were some stories about Lime scooters this week after a man died while riding one of the scooters. One story said that Lime was set to roll out additional safety measures, but the next story said the man suffered a medical event.

The IMF said this week that our economy is losing steam. It's pretty unbelievable that National can keep us running well during the GFC and now when things should be going great, Labour not only kills the economy, but there are more people worse off, they haven't "fixed" housing and they only grudgingly pay the teachers.


The Numbers Game

1.01: tickets from the Police per person over four years for the Tasman district - the highest in NZ
4: cases of the measles in Wellington
27.1: % of Kiwis who only just have enough money according to the CTU - a jump from 24.4% in 2017
1,000: Kiwi doctors signed a letter against euthanasia, but the politicians let it pass the second reading
53,000: calls to the new Police 105 non-emergency number
10m: $ in speed camera fines from the fixed cameras in Auckland's Waterview Tunnel - from 44.5m motorists


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5295 (+0.0122)
EUR 0.5902 (+0.0117)
USD 0.6722 (+0.0130)
AUD 0.9573 (+0.0064)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Bill Phillips
World-Changing Economist
Economics has a reputation for being a boring topic but the life and career of New Zealand born economist A W H Phillips was anything but boring.  Engineer, crocodile hunter, innovator and war hero; Phillips traversed an unconventional path to become one of the most influential economists of all time.  Such was his influence on modern economics, most major textbooks have a portion devoted to the concept named in his honour – the Phillips Curve.  His paper on wage inflation and unemployment is the most cited macroeconomics title of the 20th Century and his pioneering work in the field of applied macroeconomics continues to influence modern economic policy.
https://www.nzedge.com/legends/bill-phillips/


Joke of the Weekender

I walked up to a tourist information booth and asked them to tell me about a couple of people who were here last year.
Steven Wright

 

Darren Harrison: darren@harrison.gen.nz
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The Weekender 22/06/2019

Welcome to the winter Weekender!


Sport

Finishing up last weekend with Super Rugby, the Bulls beat the Lions 48-27, helping the Highlanders into the playoffs, and the Hurricanes finished their regular season with a 29-24 win over the Blues. The four NZ teams in the playoffs have been trimmed back to two after finals games this weekend though, with the Crusaders thrashing the Highlanders 38-14, and the Jaguares putting on a great defensive effort to beat the Chiefs 21-16 in Buenos Aires.
In women's sevens, the Black Ferns Sevens reached the quarter-finals in France, which was enough to seal the World Series title.

The big game tonight is the Rugby League test Kiwis vs Tonga. I'm not sure who it will be a home game for, but it is at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland. The Kiwis have beaten Tonga 34-14 with a hattrick from Shaun Johnson.

In the Aussie V8's, Scott McLaughlin's awesome season continued winning race one in Darwin.

The Football Ferns lost 2-0 to Canada in their second football World Cup match and then were knocked out with a 2-1 loss to Cameroon.

Steven Adams was listed in the Tall Blacks team for the World Cup in China, briefly giving us all hope but he has pulled out, having never played for his National team. It's a weird legacy the big man is going to leave. When he's talking he seems to love NZ and be proud to be a NZer, but he has continually refused to play for our team, even through multiple administrations.


NZ News

There have been a few plane crashes recently with a single pilot dying in a crash earlier and then two pilots died this week when their planes collided on approach to a Masterton aerodrome.

The Immigration Minister - the serial stuff up Iain Lees-Galloway - had to apologise to Israel's ambassador after an Immigration New Zealand map appeared to label Israel as "Palestine". Even Winston Peters said it was a "careless and shoddy mistake".


The Numbers Game

-7: degC at Pukaki Airport near Twizel this week, with the coldest weather of the year across the country
1: % increase in Pharmac budget only - despite this being a "Wellbeing Budget"
3: % of foreign drivers passed the NZ driving theory test in a study done in Queenstown
7.0: and 6.6 Richter scale earthquakes in the Kermadec's but there was no tsunami threat to NZ


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5173 (+0.0017)
EUR 0.5785 (+0.0008)
USD 0.6592 (+0.0101)
AUD 0.9509 (+0.0065)


The Weekender NZer of the week

John Hartstone
Design of milk production
http://www.no8rewired.kiwi/nz-inventions/milk-production-meter/


Joke of the Weekender

Just found the worst page in the entire dictionary. What I saw was disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest, and disingenuous.

 

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