The Weekender 07/05/2016

Welcome along, we've been told that May will continue to be warm and we
have had some lovely blue days.
Last weekend in super rugby the Hurricanes started their African tour by
thrashing the Lions 50-17. This weekend the Crusaders thrashed the Reds
38-5 to jump to the top of the NZ conference - equal with the Chiefs but
with a game in hand, the Western Force found someone to beat in the
Sunwolves 40-22, and the Highlanders showed their class beating the Chiefs
13-26 with a Naholo double.

Last weekend the Warriors broke an 11 game losing streak to the St George
Illawarra Dragons, beating them 26-10, but the talk of the league week was
three Warriors stars who were dropped from that game for a breach of team
standards, and who were also blocked from playing for the Kiwis in the
ANZAC day test match.
The talking points continued as the Kiwis were beaten 16-0 by Australia,
however the curtain raiser was a different story with the Kiwi Ferns
beating Australia 26-16.

In the WTA Morocco tennis tournament, Marina Erakovic had a great run
through to the final, where she was beaten 6-2 6-1 by the top seed Timea

NZ picked up a gold and silver at the Sailing World Cup this week, with
Blair Tuke and Peter Burling taking gold in the 49ers and Sam Meech taking
silver in the Laser class.

William Trubridge broke his own free diving record this week with a 122m
four minutes and 30 second dive for his 16th World Record.

Steven Adams is playing some great basketball as the Oklahoma City Thunder
continue in the NBA play offs. They are up against it at the moment though!

In the latest cricket Twenty20 rankings, NZ has reached the top of the
table. In ODI rankings NZ is second behind Australia.

There were three kiwis in the top 10 after the first day at the Badminton
Horse Trials in England. Clark Johnston is fourth, Jesse Campbell fifth and
Jock Paget is 9th.
*NZ News*
The government has revealed that electric cars will be allowed to travel in
bus lanes as part of plans to increase electric vehicles here.

The NZ police kicked off a recruitment drive with a funny Janet Jackson
Running Man take off, and then they challenged a few other police
departments to do the same. The video went viral (and by viral I mean it
got more views that NZ's population within about 2 days), and the New York
Police Department were kind enough to join in, along with a few different
Australian departments and even the Scots. It's pretty funny and it has
been well received.
*The Numbers Game*
72: % of cyclists who broke the law last year, haven't bothered to pay
their fines, 4,449 people owing $244,695
109: th birthday for Madeline Anderson born in Dunedin in 1907
45,344 vehicles every week for Great North Rd and Lincoln Rd, Auckland's
busiest roads
1.4m: $ collected by National in donations last year, while Labour got
$279,134. I just love NZ when I heard that a US candidate trying to win a
nomination to run for president, took in $15m in one week
1.55m: $ for a 1890 villa in Ponsonby - which had been gutted by a fire in
October last year
*Finance NZ Dollar*
GBP 0.4734 (-0.0034)
EUR 0.6002 (-0.0113)
USD 0.6850 (-0.0123)
AUD 0.9268 (0.0128)
*The Weekender NZer of the week*
Yvette Williams
design of the long jump
*Joke of the Weekender*
100 ways to phone in a pizza order

71. State your order and say that's as far as this relationship is going to
72. Ask if they're familiar with the term "spanking a pizza." Make up a
description to go with the term. Ask that this be done to your pizza.
73. Say "Kssssssssssssssht" rather loudly into the phone. Ask if they felt
74. When listing toppings you want on your pizza, include another pizza.
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