October 2015

The Weekender 25/10/2015

Welcome along to a wet Labour weekend
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*Sport*
Well that game was worth waiting for. The All Blacks finally clicked and it
was against France in a quarterfinal, in Cardiff. I'm not certain that the
All Blacks showed their true potential but they did enough to thrash France
62-13 in the highest score against them. Julian Savea scored three tries
including one where he mowed over three French players. The All Blacks play
South Africa tomorrow morning in the first semi, after the South Africa
narrowly beat Wales 23-19 with a late try, while Australia needed a
controversial penalty at the death to beat Scotland 35-34, in fact it was
officially stated later that he got the call wrong. And finally Argentina
beat Ireland well at 43-20 to clinch all southern hemisphere semi finals.
This morning we got up early to cross our fingers as the All Blacks took on
South Africa for a spot in the RWC final and after a tense game the All
Blacks came away winners 20-18 at a wet Twickenham. The South African
points all came from penalties, and although Dan Carter did kick a drop
goal (!) it was a couple of tries that made the difference - although NZ
led on all the stats including 4 line out steals to Kieran Reid. The only
downside was also leading on the penalties count 6-13, although not many
would understand why Jerome Kaino got his yellow card.

In local rugby, Hawke's Bay beat Wellington 26-25 with a 78th minute try to
take the ITM Championship final and promotion to the Premiership for next
year. And in the Premiership final Canterbury won for the seventh time in
eight years beating Auckland 25-23.

The A League continues and the Wellington Phoenix picked up a 1-2 win
against Perth Glory last weekend after getting a late goal to Vince Lia.
Last night the Phoenix won a 3-2 thriller against the Brisbane Roar.

The NZ Breakers welcomed back Corey Webster from his NBA trial as he helped
them to a 74-62 win over the Kings.

Even with Australia's netball team being completely rearranged after their
last meeting the Silver Ferns haven't been able to put a win together in
the Constellation Cup with Australia winning the first game in Sydney
50-44, and the second game in Auckland 48-58.

The Black Sticks men & women both played Samoa this week and it was a bit
of a mis-match, the men won 37-0 and the women won 31-0. I'm not entirely
sure how that helps Samoan hockey!

Lydia Ko currently holds a four shot lead at the LPGA Taiwan Championship
after hitting four birdies in five-holes to jump ahead of the competition.
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*NZ News*
"Alice" the giant tunnel boring machine broke through at the end of her
second journey under Auckland this week. The 4.8km tunnel is part of the
Waterview project to create the Western motorway link. There is still 18
months of work before it will open but the $55m machine has finished it's
job and is heading back to Germany.

The Council of Trade Unions has made a smart decision and have agreed to
put off legal action and have joined a group setup by the Government to try
and make headway on the issue.
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*The Numbers Game*
5.1: richter scale earthquake off the south west coast of the South Island,
followed by a 4.8 off the west coast of the North Island
47: % steady support for National, Labour has slipped down one to 31% while
NZ First was up two to 9%, close to the Greens on 12%
397: m gained by Ben Smith in the RWC - the most in the competition with
Julian Savea third with 389m & Nehe Milner-Skudder sixth with 343m
846: NZers died in the Battle of Passchendaele 98 years ago last week, one
of the country's darkest hours
74m: $ donation by kiwi Pete Cooper to Georgetown University Washington DC,
USA, to create a leadership programme for the uni's student-athletes and to
fund a sports field
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*Finance NZ Dollar*
GBP 0.4417 (0.0008)
EUR 0.6129 (0.0135)
USD 0.6793 (-0.0023)
AUD 0.9387 (0.0033)
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*The Weekender NZer of the week*
Mark Todd
design of equestrian
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Todd_(equestrian)

An honorary mention this week goes to Edith Cavell. I tried & tried to find
a way to link her to New Zealand but I just can't. I first heard about
Edith Cavell at a memorial in Canada but her story is well worth a read.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11528229&r...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edith_Cavell
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*Joke of the Weekender*
How to know if you are ready for kids:
DRESSING TEST Obtain one large, unhappy, live octopus. Stuff into a small
net bag making sure that all the arms stay inside.
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The Weekender 18/10/2015

Hello, the countdown is on to the All Blacks vs France quarterfinal match.
Start is just moments away!
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*Sport*
The Rugby World Cup continued with England thrashing Uruguay in an
irrelevant game 60-3, and Italy secured third spot by beating Romania
32-22, and Argentina thrashed Namibia 64-19. Ireland beat France 24-9 to
top Pool D and avoid a match against New Zealand although that means the
All Blacks play France in a quarterfinal, in Cardiff - which sounds very
1997. Hopefully the result won't be the same tomorrow morning! Japan beat
USA 28-18 to become the first team ever at a RWC to win three pool matches
and not progress to the quarters, although it puts them in good stead for
the next RWC in Japan. Those games were all last weekend and everyone took
a week break before the quarter finals begin tomorrow morning (Sunday
morning NZT).
Update: The Springboks have just overtaken Wales to win their quarterfinal
23-19, Wales have done so well with so many injuries! The All Blacks vs
France game begins shortly so I may write about the game next week (or I
might ignore it completely!).
In NZ rugby, North Harbour beat Northland 36-12 to leave Northland with one
of the worst NPC seasons ever, no wins and only a single point for scoring
4 tries one game. Otago made it to the semis with a 43-30 win over BOP
while in the Premiership Auckland beat last years finalists Tasman 44-24 in
the semi. In the other semi Canterbury beat last years winners Taranaki
46-20 to get a home final against Auckland. Back in the ITM Championship
Wellington beat Otago 34-14 to reach the final, and they will play Hawke's
Bay who beat BOP 33-26.

The NZ Breakers haven't had a good start to the year being beaten in the
first round but they bounced back to beat the Crocs 89-81 with a
triple-double from Cedric Jackson. But then former Breaker Kirk Penney led
the Hawks to a 96-75 thrashing of the Breakers and then they were just
beaten 83-80 in Perth by the Wildcats to end their road trip. In other news
Corey Webster was dropped by the NBA team he was trialing with so should be
available to play for the Breakers.

Lydia Ko went past $3m in earnings for the year by finishing second at the
Malaysian LPGA tour event. This weekend she is currently tied for first in
the Korean event.

Craig Lowndes and kiwi Steve Richards won last weekends Bathurst 1000 after
starting from 15th on the grid. Other kiwi drivers were almost there with
Fabian Coulthard finishing 4th, Scott McLaughlin 5th and Shane van
Gisbergen 8th.

Joseph Parker continues his boxing career, this time with a 3rd round TKO
of Kali Meehan for his 14th knockout.
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*NZ News*
The South Island ski season came to an end last weekend, although the North
Island will continue for another couple of weeks. It has been one of the
best seasons all around for a while.

We all knew it, but The Guardian has named Wellington as the windiest city
in the world.

Although anti TPPA voices will claim some sort of unexplainable conspiracy,
Trade Minister Tim Groser has clearly said that it is "almost
inconceivable" that anyone would take court action against New Zealand (one
of the frequent claims).
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*The Numbers Game*
5.8: richter scale earthquake in the Lower North Island early this week,
after-shocks continued
35: more people have died on the road this year compared to last - as the
road toll hits 247
120: redundant laws have been scrapped by the government this week
297: tries for the All Blacks in Rugby World Cups - the next best team is
below 200
99,000: dog bites in the last 10 years
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*Finance NZ Dollar*
GBP 0.4409 (0.0052)
EUR 0.5994 (0.0090)
USD 0.6816 (0.0130)
AUD 0.9354 (0.0196)
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*The Weekender NZer of the week*
This week we have two people who died saving others.
The first was Aggie Auelua in Australia who despite not being a good
swimmer at all jumped into the sea after a 9 year old boy who was swept off
rocks on the NSW coast. She reached the boy and kept him afloat for several
minutes until more help arrived, she was then unconscious and later died in
hospital. The boy was uninjured.
The second was Christopher Limu in Samoa who was walking along the kerb
with a group of kids and he turned to see an alleged drunk driver heading
straight for the kids. "He ... threw them out of the way taking the hit
alone".
Both of these kiwis are legends.
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*Joke of the Weekender*
How to know if you are ready for kids:
GROCERY STORE TEST Borrow one or two small animals (goats are best) and
take them with you as you shop. Always keep them in sight and pay for
anything they eat or damage.
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The Weekender 11/10/2015

Hello, the weather is getting warmer and we've had some amazing blue sky
days!
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*Sport*
The Rugby World Cup rolls on and the story of the week was Australia
beating hosts England 33-13 to leave England with no hope of reaching the
next round - the first RWC host to be knocked out in pool play. The NZer
with the most to gain from the result - Wales coach Warren Gatland called
it ridiculous that the draw was made based on the team rankings three(!)
years ago. In other games Argentina beat Tonga 45-16, Ireland booked their
quarter final spot with a 16-9 win over Italy, Fiji beat Uruguay 47-15,
Romania stunned Canada winning 17-15 after being 15 points down. South
Africa beat USA 64-0 and Bryan Habana scored 3 to equal Jonah Lomu's RWC
record of 15 tries. Georgia beat Namibia 17-16 in a closely fought match,
and yesterday morning the All Blacks beat Tonga 47-9 - did you see that
Aaron Smith pass for the SBW try!, although prop Tony Woodcock was injured
to end his Test career. Overnight Scotland beat Samoa 36-33 to make it to
the quarterfinals, and Australia beat Wales 15-6 to win Pool A - the pool
of death.

In national rugby, Hawke's Bay beat Southland 28-35, Wellington beat Bay of
Plenty 31-13 to get a home semi, Otago beat Northland 54-36, Tasman had an
upset 35-17 win over Taranaki, and Waikato won the Ranfurly Shield beating
Hawke's Bay at home 30-36! Manawatu beat Wellington 33-39, and Auckland got
a home semi, beating Counties Manukau 16-31.

The NRL final this year was an all Queensland affair with the North
Queensland Cowboys taking on the Brisbane Broncos for the title. And it was
close with player of the year Jonathan Thurston kicking a 83rd minute field
goal to break the deadlock for the Cowboys to win 17-16.

The Black Sticks men's & women's teams are both doing well with wins in
their South Island tour. The women beat Argentina (ranked one spot higher
at third) 4-1 in Nelson, and the men beat India 2-0.

The NZ Breakers will hope their season gets better after being thrashed
90-71 by the Adelaide 36ers in their opening game of the ANBL.

The "Great Race" Bathurst 1000 is on today and kiwi Scott McLaughlin is on
the front row after rain interrupted both qualifying and the top 10
shootout.
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*NZ News*
Despite all the FUD dealers here in NZ suddenly complaining about Free
Trade (which NZ has been pushing for 30 years), the TPPA free trade
agreement has got another step closer and it is great for New Zealand. New
Zealand dropped most tariffs long ago which had a negative impact on
anything the government was propping up at the time, so our ability to
secure free trade was vital for giving NZ a level playing field for things
that we were good at making. The other night the news went from industry to
industry with the spokespersons explaining how great the TPPA would be for
them. The dairy industry didn't get all the gains they may have hoped for,
but many other industries did. It really is amazing to see how many
"experts" out there in news story comments, are so capable of ignoring the
facts and the repeated statements by experts. In fact there is an
interesting article by Rodney Hide about one such person - Auckland
University law Professor Jane Kelsey, it's a pretty good summary actually
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11527183&r...
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*The Numbers Game*
30: degC in Canterbury - the hottest it has been in early October since 1981
54,000: $ raised for Samoa's National hospital ICU by Chiefs assistant
coach Andrew Strawbridge, after he needed their services after the All
Blacks visit there
180,000: pounds ($276,000) for an All Black "Originals" rugby jersey,
belonging to 1905 tour captain Dave Gallaher
1.9m: personal or household crimes estimated to be committed in 2013, down
from 2.7m in 2008, according to the 3 year NZ Crime and Safety survey
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*Finance NZ Dollar*
GBP 0.4357 (0.0129)
EUR 0.5904 (0.0181)
USD 0.6686 (0.0274)
AUD 0.9158 (0.0042)
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*The Weekender NZer of the week*
Titokowaru
design of guerrilla warfare
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titokowaru
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*Joke of the Weekender*
How to know if you are ready for kids:
TOY TEST Obtain a 55 gallon box of Legos (or you may substitute roofing
tacks). Have a friend spread them all over the house. Put on a blindfold.
Try to walk to the bathroom or kitchen. Do not scream because this would
wake a child at night.
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The Weekender 04/10/2015

Welcome along. Apologies if you missed The Weekender last weekend, we had a
family gathering and it was a fun but busy weekend.
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*Sport*
The Rugby World Cup has started! France beat Italy 32-10, NZ won their
opening match against Argentina 26-16 with support from David Hasselhoff,
Wales beat Uruguay 54-9, Samoa beat USA 25-16. The stunning result of the
first round was Japan beating South Africa 34-32 dropping SA to 6th in the
world, Scotland beat Japan 45-10, France beat Romania 38-11, Australia
struggled against Fiji but won 28-13, Argentina beat Georgia 54-9, Italy
beat Canada 23-18. For NZ's second game, Sam Cane was called up to be the
skipper (slightly younger than Richie was) and they beat Namibia 58-14. The
second biggest upset of the tournament so far, was Warren Gatland's Wales
beating hosts England 28-25 meaning England will be playing for their lives
in their next game against Australia. South Africa beat Samoa 46-6,
although captain Jean de Villiers was injured and retired from
international rugby. Ireland beat Romania 44-10, Scotland beat USA 39-16,
Tonga beat Namibia 35-21, France beat Canada 41-18, Wales beat Fiji 23-13.
In NZ's third game returned from injury winger Waisake Naholo took just 72
seconds to score against Georgia, finishing up 43-10 winners, and became
the first team to qualify for the quarter finals. Japan has a chance at the
quarters with a 26-5 win over Samoa while South Africa beat Scotland 34-16.
Who knows what will happen but England are down 3-17 in their must win
match against Australia. They might be going home early.
Table: Pool A: Wales & probably Australia, Pool B: South Africa and
Scotland, Pool C: New Zealand and Tonga or Argentina, Pool D: France and
Ireland

Ok let's go for rugby overload. In the ITM Cup Auckland beat Tasman 19-28,
Canterbury got a semi spot beating Waikato 18-17 with some help from dodgy
ref calls, Hawke's Bay held on to the Ranfurly Shield beating Auckland
17-12 but Israel Dagg dislocated his shoulder ruling out his chances of a
World Cup call up, Counties Manukau started a roll beating high fliers
Tasman 42-33, Bay of Plenty beat Northland 37-5, Otago thrashed Southland
61-7, and Wellington beat Waikato 21-14, Taranaki beat previous unbeaten
Canterbury 21-24, Hawke's Bay and Wellington drew 22-22, Otago ended North
Harbours hopes beating them 39-32. Counties Manukau booked their spot with
a 30-9 win over Waikato, and Auckland thrashed Northland 64-21, while
Taranaki beat Manawatu 10-44, and Canterbury booked the top spot on the
table with a 25-41 win over Tasman.

Linda Villumsen won the time-trial at the world champs after previously
getting two silvers and three bronzes in the event.

The Junior Warriors have been dumped out of the NYC after being beaten
50-16 by the Junior Panthers.

Danny Lee has continued his good season with earnings of almost $4m,
topping Lydia Ko in the earning stakes.
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*NZ News*
Andrew Little was put in the unfortunate position of having to say that he
wouldn't be interested in "job sharing" the Prime Ministers job, if Winston
Peters and New Zealand First held the balance of power at the next
election. Obviously it was a silly call by some journalist, but it's still
an embarrassing thing to have to say no to.

The sad news of the week was Hamilton Zoo keeper Samantha Kudeweh was
killed by a Sumatran Tiger early Sunday morning. She was by herself and the
typical rules were that she shouldn't be in the cage with the tiger, but
with no cameras it may never be known what actually happened. She had over
20 years experience and was a mother with a 9 year old son and 3 year old
daughter.
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*The Numbers Game*
3: yellow cards for Australia's Quade Cooper - in his last four games.
Richie McCaw also has 3 yellow cards - over his entire career of 144 games
5.1: richter scale earthquake felt across the North Island the week before
last
15: Rugby World Cup tries for Jonah Lomu - the current record, followed by
Doug Howlett with 13, but current players Bryan Habana and Drew Mitchell
are on 12
17: Rugby World Cup wins for Richie McCaw - more than any other player
114: mm of rain in 24 hrs for Gisbourne the other week as wild weather hit
the country
620,000: sq km marine reserve around the Kermadec Islands will be in force
by late 2016 - it is twice NZ's land mass
200m: $ the estimated worth of the All Black brand - around $1b below what
would be required to crack the Forbes top 50 sports franchises, led by
Dallas Cowboys at $US4b
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*Finance NZ Dollar*
GBP 0.4228 (0.0125)
EUR 0.5723 (0.0112)
USD 0.6412 (0.0017)
AUD 0.9116 (0.0254)
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*The Weekender NZer of the week*
Dr Roslyn Kemp, of Otago University's Department of Microbiology and
Immunology, received the Association for Women in the Sciences's Miriam
Dell Award for her work with students and for instigating the Women's
Initiative of the Australasian Society for Immunology.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11522192&r...
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*Joke of the Weekender*
How to know if you are ready for kids:
MESS TEST Smear peanut butter on the sofa and curtains. Place a fish stick
behind the couch and leave it there all summer.
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