August 2016

The Weekender 06/08/2016

Hello, I will be taking a break for a few weeks, while I head to Ireland
for a wedding! I'm sure it will be an awesome time, and we'll catch up when
I get back!
The Super Rugby final is over and the new champions are the Hurricanes.
They had a 20-3 win over the Lions with Beauden Barrett having a great game
in the wet conditions.
In other news, Christian Lealiifano has been diagnosed with Leukaemia. He
was born in Auckland, and is a star for the Wallabies and Brumbies.

The Black Caps are in Zimbabwe and in the first test match NZ was fairly
comfortable winning by and innings and 117 runs.

Golfer Ryan Fox had a great week when he shot to victory in the Northern
Ireland Open with a nine-under.

Hayden Paddon managed a fifth in Rally Finland during the week and is now
fourth in the drivers standings.

Obviously the Olympics have just started. NZ announced that they would have
two captains, with Peter Burling and Blair Tuke both listed to carry the
flag in the opening ceremony. After not initially being selected for Rio
(in Rugby Sevens), Liam Messam is now on his way with Teddy Stanaway being
ruled out.
*NZ News*
While the news of Teina Pora's payment is still fresh, the government
announced that David Bain would not be compensated, however he will be paid
$925,000 ex gratia payment. The retired judge Ian Callinan found that Bain
was not innocent "on the balance of probabilities". I guess that is the
difference. To be put into prison you have to be found guilty, but to get
compensation, you have to be proven innocent.

The Maori Party announced this week that they would not be supporting Helen
Clark's bid of the UN Secretary General's job. It's an interesting change
since they completely supported her originally. They have said that it was
because of her "huge mistakes" when Prime Minister.

The weather has been alright this week but that has changed closer to the
weekend. Snow blanketed down south and it was heading north as well, Hawkes
Bay got 50-70cm of snow!. The Desert Road was expecting snow, and the
Taupo-Napier road was closed yesterday and expected to stay closed until
*The Numbers Game*
3.1: % increase in crime, 13% or 8,676 more robberies
4: % of Housing New Zealand tenants have had applications against them for
eviction in the last year, that's 2,591, up from 2,247 in the year before
20m: $ in meth was found in spatulas being imported
*Finance NZ Dollar*
GBP 0.5471 (0.0031)
EUR 0.6452 (0.0013)
USD 0.7173 (-0.0026)
AUD 0.9391 (-0.0076)
*The Weekender NZer of the week*
Chris Amon
Motor racing driver Chris Amon, who was considered one of the best Formula
One drivers of his generation, has died aged 73.
*Joke of the Weekender*
A woman noticed her husband standing on the bathroom scale, sucking in his
stomach. “Ha­­! That’s not going to help,” she said.
“Sure, it does,” he said. “It’s the only way I can see the numbers.”
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The Weekender 31/07/2016

Hello, guess what? This is late! We had a great family weekend on a farm down near Gisborne at Doonhill.
So last weekend the semi finals hadn't quite been sorted, but the Hurricanes thrashed the Sharks 41-0, while the tired Crusaders were beaten 42-25 by a well performing Lions team who were the sole team to block all four semi participants from being kiwi teams.
So this weekend the first game was the Hurricanes vs Chiefs and unfortunately for us, the Chiefs barely fired a shot losing 25-9. The only consolation being that the team is very young so the future looks good. The second result I never would have picked with the Highlanders looking tired and losing to the Lions 42-30. So that leaves the Lions heading to Wellington (and perhaps ruing their decision to send a second string team to face the Jaguares!) where a new team will be crowned champions.
The Waikato rugby team retained the Ranfurly Shield after beating King Country 55-0 in a muddy match at Matamata.
In other news Steve Hansen has signed a two year extension as coach of the All Blacks to take him through the next Rugby World Cup. And Aussie - but former All Black skills coach, Mick Byrne will be joining the Wallabies after he left to move back to Australia a few months ago. The Crusaders new coach Scott Robertson has confirmed the signing of Australian Digby Ioane as his first signing, while former Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder and assistant Tabai Matson are heading to Bath as directory of rugby and head coach.

The world record for solo nine-hours of sheep shearing was broken this week in England by kiwi Matt Smith. The previous record of 721 had stood for nine year and was broken by Matt's 731 at 81 an hour.

The Waikato/BOP Magic couldn't go any further in the final ANZ Championship after they were beaten 65-45 by the NSW Swift, leaving the Swifts and the Queensland Firebirds to fight it out in the final. Update: The Firebirds won in double extra-time.

Team New Zealand dropped out of the lead of the America's Cup World Series after all our top sailors headed off to Rio, while Britain's Ben Ainslie made the most of it to win the event over Oracle and jump to the top of the standings.
NZ News
First a bit about the weather, we headed south for the weekend, and wow it was changeable. Heavy rain one minute, sunny picnic weather the next. The wind was strong and cold most of the time and hours after we left Doonhill, there was snow down the road. White out conditions at Mt Ruapehu forced an evacuation, while the Desert Road was closed with snow.

Helen Clark received a small boost to her bid to become the UN Secretary General, after Australia decided not to nominate former PM Kevin Rudd for the role.

Pakuranga and National MP Maurice Williamson is calling it quits after 30 interesting years, he will not be seeking reelection next year.

The government revealed an ambitious plan for the entire of New Zealand to become predator free by 2050. The aim is to cut the 25 million native birds killed by pests every year, and also stop the $3.3b in costs to the economy and private sector. They are putting $28m into a new company to start the process.
The Numbers Game
5: richter scale earthquake in the lower South Island during the week
1,850: $ fine for a tennant who removed a smoke alarm
33,570: fewer cars on Auckland's roads due to carpooling, public transport, extra walking and cycling options according to Auckland Transport
1.8m: $ fraud admitted by a former Air New Zealand employee
11m: $ spent on repairing Police cars in five years through to 2015
Finance NZ Dollar
GBP 0.5440 (0.0158)
EUR 0.6439 (0.0104)
USD 0.7199 (0.0218)
AUD 0.9467 (0.0143)
The Weekender NZer of the week
Nancy Wake
Nancy Wake was the Allies’ most decorated servicewoman of WWII, and the Gestapo’s most-wanted person. They code-named her ‘The White Mouse’ because of her ability to elude capture.
Joke of the Weekender
At an art gallery, a woman and her ten-year-old son were having
a tough time choosing between one of my paintings and another artist’s work. They finally went with mine.
“I guess you decided you prefer an autumn scene to a floral,” I said.
“No,” said the boy. “Your painting’s wider, so it’ll cover three holes in
our wall.”
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