June 2016

The Weekender 25/06/2016

Hello, it's great to see you, we have turned the corner and are heading for
summer!
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*Sport*
The final rugby test against Wales has just finished and Beauden Barrett
has led the All Blacks to a 46-6 win. Beauden scored two tries and 26
points with a new look back line of Israel Dagg, Ben Smith (moved to the
wing) and centre George Moala all having good games. There were three new
caps for the game, Elliott Dixon, Liam Squire and Ofa Tu'ungafasi.
Last weekend in international rugby the Pumas beat France 30-19 and Italy
beat USA 24-20. While this weekend Samoa beat Tonga 30-10 in the Pacific
Nations Cup.

For the second time in a week, the Tall Blacks beat China 90-84 with 27
points from Tom Abercrombie. But later in the week they were beaten 80-65
by Lithuania.

The Warriors had their third win in a row last weekend after grinding out a
12-10 win over the Sydney Roosters.
The State of Origin series was won by Queensland who took the second game
26-16 this week.

The Black Sticks women beat hosts Great Britain 1-0 in the Champions Trophy
for their must-win game.

There are two kiwis set for their debut in the Tour de France next month.
Shane Archbold was previous named in the Bora Argon team, while George
Bennett has been named in the LottoNL-Jumbo team.

Marina Erakovic has won her third qualifying game for Wimbledon to gain a
spot in the main draw.
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*NZ News*
Long serving Waikato MP Lindsay Tisch won't be returning to parliament
after announcing he will leave after next year's election.

This week saw our shortest day of the year come and go, but it didn't feel
like the middle of winter with temperature records expected to be broken
around the country. There has been some rain though, with heavy rain in the
usual places like Auckland and the Coromandel.

The government is contemplating introducing road tolls around Auckland and
offsetting them with reducing the petrol tax.
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*The Numbers Game*
122,500: $ for Peter Snell's famous black singlet from winning gold at the
1964 Tokyo Olympics at auction this week
60m: $ announced to remove blackspots on State Highways, aiming to save 900
lives over 10 years
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*Finance NZ Dollar*
GBP 0.5114 (0.0174)
EUR 0.6383 (0.0118)
USD 0.7113 (0.0060)
AUD 0.9539 (-0.0009)
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*The Weekender NZer of the week*
Russell Braddock
One of our top mountain guides was killed this week in an avalanche in the
French Alps. The avalanche was caused the Police on a regular training
exercise.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11660976&r...
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*Joke of the Weekender*
Some people think that physics was invented by Sir Francis Bacon, who was
hit by an apple when he was sitting under a tree one day writing
Shakespeare - Eric Larabee
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The Weekender 19/06/2016

Welcome along. Last night was Graham's wedding and a late night, so here we
go.
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*Sport*
Last weekend the All Blacks beat Wales 39-21 as I mentioned, and on their
way to Wellington, the Welsh had decided to repay Hamilton for being so
nice to their team during the 2011 Rugby World Cup, and play a second
string team, against a Chiefs team without any All Blacks. It might have
seemed fair on paper but the Chiefs played a master stroke by naming legend
Stephen "Bever" Donald as captain. Bever has had no starts and two off the
bench games for the Chiefs. It was like someone wound back the clock, he
directed play and broke the line and led the Chiefs to a 40-7 win - and was
a little embarrassed by the applause when he left the field. The other
interesting thing was that the Chiefs did a Haka, led by Hika. Elliott that
is. The Chiefs haka hasn't been seen in public before.
In other international game, Ireland had an awesome game to beat the
Springboks 26-20 and England (now coached by the abrasive Aussie Eddie
Jones) beat Australia 39-28. Samoa drew with Georgia 19-19, Fiji beat Tonga
23-18, Argentina beat Italy 30-24 and Japan beat Canada 26-22.
This weekend was interesting as well. The end result was the All Blacks
beat Wales 36-22, but it wasn't a good win after being 10-10 at half time.
Aaron Cruden was stretchered off with a neck injury after 32mins (later
cleared), and Malakai Fekitoa was injured as well so the mid field was
shuffled but Beauden Barrett made the most of this additional field time.
In other international games, England showed the first game was no fluke
beating Australia 23-7 to win their first ever series in Australia, while
South Africa were 10-26 down after 60 mins but came back to win 32-26. Fiji
beat Samoa 26-16 to win the Pacific Nations Cup.
In other news former All Black Scott Robertson has been named Todd
Blackadder's replacement as coach at the Crusaders from 2017.

The All Whites won the Nations Cup, but only after a penalty shootout, on
their road to the next Football World Cup.

The Waikato/BOP Magic turned around their season after five losses and won
their fifth game in a row beating the Tactix 56-55.

The Tall Blacks have done well in their tour in Europe with a first off win
over Belarus 80-65, and then beating China 98-74.
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*NZ News*
As if to prove that even our elite Diplomatic Protection Squad can make
mistakes, this week a loaded Glock pistol was found in the toilets at
Parliament. Obviously the holster has to be removed sometimes and in this
case was left behind. Being New Zealand, no one was particularly worried,
but I'm sure it won't happen again.
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*The Numbers Game*
33: rd in the World's 50 Best Restaurants list for kiwi chef Ben Shewry's
"Attica" in Melbourne
600,000: $ more for rural mental health announced at the Fieldays
2.52m: $ payout for Teina Pora for being wrongfully convicted of rape &
murder and being put in jail for 20 years
35m: $ for three University locations to establish "centres of Asia-Pacific
excellence"
100m: $ over budget for the Royal New Zealand Navy frigate upgrade project
494m: $ worth of methamphetamine was intercepted by police after Northland
locals tipped them off to suspicious air and sea activity
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*Finance NZ Dollar*
GBP 0.4940 (0.0018)
EUR 0.6265 (-0.0011)
USD 0.7053 (-0.0035)
AUD 0.9548 (-0.0022)
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*The Weekender NZer of the week*
This week it's not The A-Team, but we have a crack command unit of 22 New
Zealanders who volunteered for a behind-enemy-lines mission in World War
II. The secret Z Special unit were silenced by 30-year secrecy orders so
many of the unit died without being able to tell anyone what they did.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11658588&r...
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*Joke of the Weekender*
100 ways to phone in a pizza order

96. Ask if the pizza has had its shots.
97. Order a steamed pizza.
98. Get taker's name. Later, call exactly on the hour to say, "This is your
(time of day) wake-up call, So-and-so." Hang up.
99. Offer to pay for the pizza with a public flogging.
100. If any of the above practices are rejected by the order taker, say, in
your best pouty voice, "Last guy let me do it."
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The Weekender 11/06/2016

Hello, winter has certainly hit this week with three days of frosts, but we
have our first daffodil out!
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*Sport*
Waikato had a great first game for their defence of the Ranfurly Shield
when they beat Thames Valley 83-13.
The big game is still on right now, the first test match for the All Blacks
since the Rugby World Cup, against Wales. Wales were ahead at half time but
the All Blacks have pushed ahead, now leading 32-21 with only 5 mins to go.
Tries went to Julian Savea, Waisake Naholo got two, and even new permanent
captain Kieran Read got a try. Update: In the final play of the game Nathan
Harris has scored to lift it to 39-21.
In other rugby news, Otago rugby's favourite son Tony Brown has been
appointed the Highlanders coach, however it will only be for a single
season until he takes up an overseas coaching position.

The All Whites continued their run in the Oceania Nations Cup when they
beat Solomon Islands 1-0. It wasn't pretty but it was enough to get them
into the final.
The Football Ferns had their final game before the Olympics and they drew
1-1 against Australia.

The Waikato/BOP Magic continued their run with a close, late 54-51 win over
the Northern Mystics, while the Southern Steel have stunned the Queensland
Firebirds 66-51.

The Warriors are finally doing well thrashing Newcastle 50-14 tonight.

NZ has a new champion with Sarah Dunckley winning the Hansa Liberty Class
competition in Holland for disabled sailors. She won the New Zealand title
and wasn't going to the competition but spotted a cheap flight and went for
it.
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*NZ News*
The Queens Birthday honours were announced last weekend and I've scrolled
through all the names and I only spotted one that knew - Mr Paul Scott
Trenwith, Hamilton, For services to country music. Services to country
music - classic.

While the Police were struggling to slow people down last weekend with all
the accidents but there was a still a good news story when a cop pulled
over a car speeding south of Te Awamutu. It was obvious the couple were on
the way to the birthing wing of the hospital and being new to the area they
didn't even know the way. The cop provided an escort and they made it in
time for a healthy delivery.

Hamilton City Council has pleaded guilty over the death of Hamilton Zoo
keeper Samantha Kedeweh who was killed by a Sumatran tiger.

All districts of NZ have had their police forces notified that they should
prioritise burglaries. It will be a month long effort aimed at reducing
burglaries and the on-flow effects.
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*The Numbers Game*
5.6: richter scale earthquake hit Southland this week
11: people died on Queens Birthday Weekend in a horror weekend with the
worst toll in 27 years
22: nd most powerful woman in the world rating for Helen Clark according to
Forbes magazine
46: degC temperature in the lake at Mt Ruapehu - it's highest recorded
temperature in over 10 years, meaning it continues to be classified as a
'state of heightened unrest'
20.6m: $ extra for 1080 drops in the South Island to combat a massive rat
population explosion
20b: $ increase in spending for the Defence Force over the next 15 years
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*Finance NZ Dollar*
GBP 0.4922 (0.0172)
EUR 0.6276 (0.0154)
USD 0.7088 (0.0222)
AUD 0.9570 (0.0131)
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*The Weekender NZer of the week*
Sir Graham Latimer
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11652371&r...
This week Sir Graham Latimer passed away, he will be remembered for his
work with the Treaty of Waitangi
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*Joke of the Weekender*
100 ways to phone in a pizza order

91. While on the phone, fake entering puberty. Fluctuate pitch often; act
embarrassed.
92. Engage in some serious swapping.
93. Dance all around the word "pizza." Avoid saying it at all costs. If
he/she says it, say "Please don't mention that word."
94. Have a movie with a good car chase scene playing loudly in the
background. Yell "OW!" when a bullet is fired.
95. If he/she suggests a side order, ask why he/she is punishing you.
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The Weekender 04/06/2016

Welcome, winter has certainly arrived, with a couple of frosts here this
week.
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*Sport*
The Warriors had a great game and handed third placed Brisbane Broncos
their worst defeat of the season beating them 36-18 today.
Not anything to do with NZ but Queensland beat NSW 6-4 in the first Origin
game.

The Super rugby is taking a break for a short international season. England
is heading to Australia and Wales are in New Zealand.
Sonny Bill Williams will be leaving the Chiefs after this season (although
going to Rio for the Sevens means he's not playing anyway), and heading to
Auckland after being tempted by a reunion with Tana Umanga. He has
committed to a three year deal. Of further worries to Chiefs supporters is
talk that Liam Messam might now be tempted to Auckland as well.

NZ Rowing got eight medals at the Rowing World Cup in Lucerne this week.
Golds went to Mahe Drysdale, Eric Murray and Hamish Bond, and the
lightweight four of Alistair Bond, James Hunter, James Lassche and Matt
Dunham.

The Waikato/BOP Magic continue their winning run last weekend with a 54-44
win over the Pulse in the ANZ Champs.

Steven Adams and his Oklahoma City Thunder were knocked out of the NBA
Western Conference finals after going 3-1 up but you can't discount the
Stephen Curry effect, and the Golden State Warriors are through to the
finals.

In the Rome round of the Diamond League, Valerie Adams got gold with the
throw of the season of 19.69m - however her main two rivals skipped the
round.
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*NZ News*
NZ's broadband plan was two fold - and sensibly so, the fibre rollout is
going great in cities and towns and then there is the RBI which has 154
cellular towers serving up 3G & 4G. Now 300,000 homes and businesses can
access RBI with the aim of 99% of NZ being able to get 50 Mbps internet by
2025.

This week the political news was all about Labour and the Greens announcing
that they will be doing deals in some electorates and will be working more
closely to try and beat National at the next election. It's all very
interesting with Labour supporters saying that National will be smiling at
the deal and others saying Winston Peters and NZ First will be hoping to
pick up lots of middle ground support of people who like Labour but not the
Greens. And unless things change dramatically (and soon) the Labour and
Greens coalition still won't be able to do anything without NZ First.
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*The Numbers Game*
0: degree nights a couple of times in Hamilton, -2 in Taupo
4: people have died on the roads so far this Queens Birthday Weekend
81: # on the ESPN Fame 100 list is Lydia Ko, as one of only eight women on
the list
139: year record of wettest May on the West Coast broken and now 574mm
41,000: beneficiaries were underpaid a total of $23m since 1993
46,000: beneficiaries were overpaid a total of $32m since 1993
276m: $ for the Canterbury Schools rebuild over four years
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*Finance NZ Dollar*
GBP 0.4750 (0.0176)
EUR 0.6122 (0.0104)
USD 0.6866 (0.0176)
AUD 0.9439 (0.0128)
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*The Weekender NZer of the week*
Douglas Wright
design of dance
http://www.douglaswright.net/douglaswright.html
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*Joke of the Weekender*
100 ways to phone in a pizza order

86. Order a one-inch pizza.
87. Order term life insurance.
88. When they say "Will that be all?", snicker and say "We'll find out,
won't we?"
89. Order with a Speak-n- Spell where applicable.
90. Ask how many dolphins were killed to make that pizza.
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The Weekender: mailed weekly (Sunday nightish)
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