The Weekender 14/05/2016

Hello, great to see you, it's been a great week for us, although there was
a bit of bad weather further south.
Last weekend was momentous for the Blues. A month short of it being two
years since they won an away game, they beat the lowly Kings 18-34, while
the Hurricanes returned to being inconsistent with a 32-15 loss to the
Sharks. They also had 5 senior players miss a curfew by 18 mins so were
dropped for this weekends game against the Reds. The punishment was harsh
but they had all decided in advance what would happen on this tour if
curfew was broken.
This weekend the Highlanders looked serious contenders with a 34-26 win
over the Crusaders. The bonus point win puts the Crusaders, Chiefs and
Highlanders all equal on points at the top of the table. So five players
down but only playing the Reds, and the Hurricanes managed to win 29-14.
Table: Crusaders/Chiefs/Highlanders 37, Hurricanes 36, Stormers/Brumbies
29, Bulls 28, Lions 27, Sharks 26, Blues/Waratahs 25, Rebels 23,
Cheetahs/Jaquares/Reds 12, Force 10, Sunwolves 7, Kings 4
In other rugby news, Opotiki born Teimana Harrison has been named in the
England training squad to face Wales.

The basketball is getting interesting. Steven Adams and the Oklahoma City
Thunder saw off the San Antonio Spurs - who many had predicted would be the
runners up. The OKC won four in a row with Steven Adams getting more & more
court time, and getting better & better. He isn't yet at the level of the
two superstars in the OKC, but he has been the third best player in most of
these games. In fact with his contract up for renewal, one writer has
estimated Steven will be in line for a $60m contract, easily making him the
highest paid NZ sports start, and putting him in the top 30 NBA earners.
In other basketball news, one of NZ's best all time players Kirk Penney has
officially retired from international basketball.

Last weekend Team New Zealand won the latest round of the America's Cup
World Series, in the last race of the regatta. They extended their overall
lead in the series by two points.

Over in the English Premier league, Winston Reid continues to do well with
West Ham, scoring the winner against Manchester United, to give West Ham a
win in their final game at the Boleyn Ground or Upton Park, where they have
been since 1904.

The Warriors played in Christchurch for the first time in six years but
that didn't help losing 30-18 to Penrith.
*NZ News*
A researcher has added more information to NZ's history with NZ's official
encyclopaedia altering their details. Everyone
knows that Dutch explorer Able Tasman arrived in 1642, but it's possible
Spanish or Portuguese ships may have reached or been wrecked in NZ before

Prime Minister John Key has said that it is "utterly incorrect" that the
Panama Papers indicate New Zealand is a tax haven, with us having similar
rules to most other countries. It doesn't mean that all the countries can't
get better at blocking havens though.
It wasn't a good week for the Prime Minister after he was ejected from
Parliament by the Speaker for the first time since becoming the Prime
Minister. That resulted in Labour leader Andrew Little claiming John Key
was "out of control", but in reality it was just boisterous debate. Green
co-leader James Shaw had been demanding Key apologise for bringing
Greenpeace and Amnesty into the debate about the Panama Papers, while Key
was correctly stating that just because someone was named in the papers, it
didn't mean they were evil.
However the week got worse for Andrew Little as well with a hotel chain
demanding an apology within the week, or else they will start defamation
action. The Scenic Hotel Group were at the centre of Andrew Little's claim
of "dodgy deals" when they gave a donation to the National Party. The claim
was quickly seen to be false, however Little's statement was made outside
of the protection of parliament.

Morrinsville College was shut down by the Waikato Medical Officer of Health
this week and will only allow children back who can prove they are
vaccinated against measles, after a child became infected. People
(including teachers) who can't prove it, will have to be vaccinated and
stay home for two weeks. There are currently 20 cases of the measles in the
Waikato, and 12 cases under investigation.
*The Numbers Game*
1: km long bush fire is raging in the Canterbury plains tonight, hot winds
have been drying everything out
4.7: richter scale earthquake hit Christchurch mid week - likened to a
"baby King Kong"
20: degC temperature rise in Ruapehu crater lake has resulted in an
increase volcanic alert level - but they aren't really worried yet
500: homes in Wellington were without power after a storm hit on Friday
1.2m: $ worth of methamphetamine seized by police and customs, destined for
22.2m: $ boost to cyber security by the government
50m: $ animal research station being built by Otago University
*Finance NZ Dollar*
GBP 0.4716 (-0.0018)
EUR 0.5990 (-0.0012)
USD 0.6794 (-0.0056)
AUD 0.9320 (0.0052)
*The Weekender NZer of the week*
Roy Kerr
This month, Roy will receive the Crafoord Prize - only the second time it
has been awarded in 150 years. He is widely known for his work on black
holes and general relativistic astrophysics.
*Joke of the Weekender*
100 ways to phone in a pizza order

76. Learn to play a blues riff on the harmonica. Stop talking at
regular intervals to play it.
77. Ask if they would like to sample your pizza. Suggest an even trade.
78. Perfect a celebrity's voice. Stress that you won't take any crap
from some two-bit can't-hack- it pimple-faced gofer.
79. Put them on hold.
80. Teach the order taker a secret code. Use the code on all
subsequent orders.
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