The Weekender 02/06/2018

Welcome to June. This week has seen lovely blue sky days and frosty mornings, with the weather supposed to be packing in for the long (Queen's Birthday) weekend. 


Sport

Following up the Super Rugby from last weekend, the papers had great delight in saying that Australia's run of wins over New Zealand teams ended at one, with the Waratahs falling 39-27 to the Chiefs in an epic encounter here in Hamilton, while the Reds had a horror night with the boot to lose 15-18 to the Highlanders.
This weekend the Highlanders beat the stuttering Hurricanes 30-14 in Dunedin, while the Blues hit rock bottom with a 10-20 loss to the Melbourne Rebels, and the Chiefs are hosting the Crusaders tonight.

Last weekend the Rabbitohs powered past the Warriors 30-10.

In the kayaking World Cup 2 in Germany, World Champions Lisa Carrington and Caitlin Ryan were convincing in their K2 500m win for gold. Then Carrington paired up with Aimee Fisher to win the K2 200m and then Carrington, Ryan, Fisher and Rebecca Cole joined together to win the K4 500m.

Scott Dixon came third in the Indy 500 last weekend for his fourth podium finish at the event.
Dylan Hartley failed to finish the Monaco Grand Prix after being shunted from behind. 


NZ News

The government announced a plan to eradicate the Mycoplasma bovis cattle disease with many cattle due to be culled.
Housing MP Phil Twyford just can't stay out of the news! This week at a business breakfast he commented: "If you don't want to have affordable housing or quality density housing in your neighbourhood, you go and live in Pokeno or Dairy Flat".

The Te Mata peak is a lovely spot to visit and no doubt a great place for exercise, so a while ago, Craggy Range winery got council approval and put in a zig-zag track from their side to the top. This greatly angered the local Maori who apparently the council didn't consult, and groups of protestors have since taken it out on Craggy Range. This week an agreement was reached between Craggy Range and Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi, but now Waimarama mana whenua are saying it goes against iwi agreements. 


The Numbers Game

3: % pay rises over 18 months is the governments offer to nurses - they are now considering striking with many unhappy at the offer
11.5: cent fuel tax to hit Aucklanders on 1st July after council approval, local councillors say it will hurt poor communities in South Auckland
45: % support for National in a post-budget 1 News Colmar Brunton poll, Labour on 43%, Greens down to 5%, New Zealand First below 5%
49: bus trips affected by Auckland bus drivers strike
68: % of Kiwis support the three-strikes law that the government wants to repeal
153: year old ship unearthed near the entrance to Kaipara Harbour
159: road deaths so far this year, ahead of last year at 146 with another five deaths last weekend
115,000: searches on Trademe for heaters - up 50% on the previous month
250,000: $ in benefits for a fraudster home-owner beneficiary (he owned a mortgage-free house in Auckland and a property in Paris)


Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5248 (0.0060)
EUR 0.5984 (0.0062)
USD 0.6987 (0.0067)
AUD 0.9248 (0.0098)


The Weekender NZer of the week

Dick Quax
The New Zealand running legend and standing Auckland councillor passed away this week.
Alongside Sir John Walker and Rod Dixon, Dick Quax was a prominent figure in what was a golden era for New Zealand distance running in the 1970s.
Born in the Netherlands before moving to New Zealand as a boy, Quax emerged as a leading runner while attending Hamilton Boys' High School.
Best known for his run to Olympic silver in 1976, the following year Quax achieved what was arguably a more impressive feat, breaking the 5000m world record in Stockholm, in Sweden. Quax also picked up silver in the 1500m at the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh.


Joke of the Weekender

How did the hipster burn his mouth?
He ate the pizza before it was cool.

 

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