September 2015

The Weekender 20/09/2015

Welcome along to the Rugby World Cup!
Lydia Ko made history last weekend with a great final round winning her
first major and becoming the youngest ever major champion for the LPGA Tour.

The Rugby World Cup has begun with England beating Fiji early this morning
our time. There were reports that the refs certainly made themselves known,
so hopefully they pull their heads in after making it easy for the hosts in
the first game. Ireland thrashed Canada 50-7 and Georgia beat Tonga 17-10
in NZ's pool. But the huge upset of the tournament is that Japan has beat
the Springboks 34-32. South Africa didn't look good in the lead up but
Japan had never beaten a top ranked team before.
In the ITM Cup, Auckland cemented third spot with a 35-29 win over Otago
last weekend, and mid week Tasman beat their bogey team North Harbour
39-20. This weekend Otago got a last minute try to beat Wellington 37-36
while Taranaki crushed Waikato 41-0, and Hawke's Bay retained the Ranfurly
Shield with a 23-17 win over Bay of Plenty.

Nick Willis has won the Fifth Avenue Mile race for the third time, winning
in 3:54.8.

The Warriors might have failed but every year the Junior Warriors do really
well. They have continued their march toward the final with a 45-10 win
over the Junior Broncos.
*NZ News*
Australia has yet another Prime Minister, with Malcolm Turnbull ousting
Tony Abbott from the top job - wow they have had so many in the last few
years! Anyway the interesting part was that Turnbull in his opening speech
pointed out NZ's stability and economic success and indicated he wanted to
be like John Key. That annoyed our opposition leader Andrew Little who said
he pities Australia - well I guess he had to say something and he could
hardly agree, although I'm sure he'd like the same popularity (near 50%)
after seven years in office.
*The Numbers Game*
6: day/week delivery of mail is ending for parts of Otago & Southland. I
just can't understand why NZ Post has continued it for so long!
26: anti trade protesters were arrested outside parliament during the week
- apparently it was all of the protesters, only 26?
40: % of kiwis surveyed hate spiders, with cockroaches coming second on 39%
and moths a distant third on 9%
2.5m: $ raised by the RSA for Poppy Day - a record
*Finance NZ Dollar*
GBP 0.4103 (0.0020)
EUR 0.5611 (0.0031)
USD 0.6395 (0.0092)
AUD 0.8862 (-0.0054)
*The Weekender NZer of the week*
Beatrice Tinsley
design of the cosmos
*Joke of the Weekender*
You know one thing that will make a woman mad? Just run up and kick her in
the butt. (P.S. This also works with men.)
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The Weekender 13/09/2015

Welcome along as we head closer to summer. Yesterday was beautiful and
sunny but the wind was straight off the snow.
The Rugby World Cup is almost here!
Following up last weekend's ITM Championship, Bay of Plenty beat Counties
Manukau 37-26, and Taranaki thrashed Northland 7-50 showing some form from
last year. This weekend Auckland showed glimpses of what they can do
beating Manawatu 45-28, while last world cup legend Stephen Donald returned
to Waikato to help the side to a 30-25 win over Southland. Tasman beat
Wellington 17-36 and Taranaki thrashed Bay of Plenty 9-32. And yesterday
Canterbury beat Hawke's Bay 29-14 and North Harbour upset Counties Manukau

Tom Walsh has had the biggest win of his career with a 21.39m throw in a
Diamond League event in Brussels.

The NZ Warriors ended their season with a narrow loss 26-22 to the
Canterbury Bulldogs. They almost got an upset but a late try sealed their
end of season slide.

The rowing champs continued with both the men's and women's eights making
the final and therefore the Olympics. The women finished second for a
silver medal, and that is the first time NZ will have a women's eights crew
at the Olympics.

The All Whites might have been expecting a win against Myanmar, but they
got a 1-1 draw and 'new' coach Anthony Hudson continues to wait for a win.
*NZ News*
My brother in law and nephew had an exciting Sunday morning last weekend.
They got a security call to their school and when they got there they saw
smoke and started the fight to save the school before the fire department
turned up to help out. The school had had a series of broken windows so had
recently installed security cameras and after a short police investigation
the man was arrested. Read all about it!

The Labour General Secretary Tim Barnett is stepping down next month
meaning the top three jobs in the Labour Party have changed hands since the
*The Numbers Game*
4: treaty of Waitangi settlements were passed into law this week, for four
Far North iwi, Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri, Ngai Takoto and Ngati Kuri
35: year dormant geyser in Rotorua erupted this week - The Papakura Geyser
at Whakarewarewa
587: years for Meivisi Taufa to pay back the $300,000 of fraud from
taxpayers at the court ordered $10/week, she had at least 11 false names
733: days since the All Whites won a game
750: extra Syrian refugees will be taken in by NZ over the next three years
- as the government backs down after increasing pressure to do more
*Finance NZ Dollar*
GBP 0.4083 (-0.0085)
EUR 0.5580 (-0.0120)
USD 0.6303 (-0.0043)
AUD 0.8916 (-0.0192)
*The Weekender NZer of the week*
John Britten
Legendary New Zealand engineer John Britten, who created one of history's
greatest motorbikes, is being honoured in his home city 20 years after his
*Joke of the Weekender*
If you're travelling in a time machine, and you're eating corn on the cob,
I don't think it's going to affect things one way or the other. But here's
the point I'm trying to make: Corn on the cob is good, isn't it.
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The Weekender 06/09/2015

Hello, today is a bit wet, but that is great (see the NZer of the week
So last Sunday night was the announcement of the All Black squad for the
Rugby World Cup. The selections causing chatter were firstly Waisake Naholo
who had an awesome season with the Highlanders but then broke his leg in
his All Blacks debut. He has somehow recovered enough to be included. Also
in there is amazing Hurricane winger Nehe Milner-Skudder. The news was bad
for long time All Blacks Israel Dagg and Corey Jane who have been dropped
and Charles Piutau who had a good season despite the Blues overall
Following up ITM Cup from last weekend... North Harbour beat Southland
26-25 and Waikato thrashed Bay of Plenty 43-10. This weekend Taranaki
finally got a win, beating Counties Manukau 17-10, Canterbury thrashed
Manawatu 7-57, Tasman jumped back to the top of the table beating Otago
17-34, Auckland thrashed Waikato 50-28, Hawke's Bay retained the Ranfurly
Shield beating North Harbour 48-32 and Wellington thrashed Southland 3-53.

Scott Dixon has won his fourth IndyCar championship in the final race last
weekend. He had been running third during the season, but Scott won the
final race and with series leader Montoya finishing sixth, Scott took the
title on countback. Scott has done enough to be considered the most
successful driver in IndyCar since it started in 1996. Scott has had 37
wins, way ahead of second place Castroneves on 23.

I suppose I should just give up on the Warriors season - clearly they have.
Last weekend they were thrashed 50-16 by the Tigers.

Team New Zealand won the second America's Cup regatta in Gothenburg, after
sitting on third after the opening day. Oracle was second followed by the
Brits. Overall Team NZ is on top followed by Land Rover BAR, then Oracle.

The Rowing World Champs have been on in France with three NZ crews booking
spots for the Olympics. The women's pair, men's pair and women's
lightweight double all booked spots at Rio by making the finals. Eric
Murray and Hamish Bond claimed the sixth straight men's pair title, and
Julia Edward and Sophie MacKenzie defended their lightweight sculls title,
and the women's pair came second.
*NZ News*
The National Party opened an office this week in Kerikeri - a day before
Winston Peters opened his first electorate office in the region. It seems
that despite Winston Peters winning the byelection, National is still doing
more there than Winston.
*The Numbers Game*
3: rd most friendliest city title for Queenstown according to Conde Nast
Traveler magazine, with Auckland at number nine
11: th ranking for NZ in the WFDF World Ultimate Frisbee rankings
357: grams - the weight of the first kiwi chick of the season to be born at
Auckland Zoo
700,000: $ of welfare fraud each month in the Bay of Plenty
68m: $ spent on travel by the Earthquake Commission over the four years
following the 2010 Christchurch earthquake
*Finance NZ Dollar*
GBP 0.4168 (-0.0030)
EUR 0.5700 (-0.0052)
USD 0.6346 (-0.0120)
AUD 0.9108 (0.0082)
*The Weekender NZer of the week*
Te Radar
I heard this quote at the end of one of Te Radar's shows and I like it, I
really like it.
*People on the weather, always say "oh it's going to be a dreadful day,
it's going to be raining". No just because it's raining doesn't make it a
dreadful day. In a country that is so reliant on rain for agriculture &
horticulture and various other things, many times it makes it a much better
day than if it wasn't raining. Falling out of the sky, that is the basis
not only of our economy, but of our future.*
*We always talk about how Australia is the lucky country, they've got all
their mineral resources. They just need to dig a hole and money comes out
of it, but here in New Zealand, we just need to look up into the sky, and
dollars fall out of that. Maybe, on a rainy day like this, you think to
yourself, maybe we're the lucky country. We've got a lot of rain, and not
quite as many Australians.*
*Joke of the Weekender*
I hope they never find out that lightning has a lot of vitamins in it,
because do you hide from it or not?
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