The Weekender 29/05/2016

Hello, sorry for the delay in getting this out, yesterday was a busy day!
The weather has been amazing this week, I don't remember this many
thunderstorms but they keep coming.
Last weekend in Super Rugby, the Blues somehow managed to hold on to beat
the Force 17-13. The Chiefs lost No.8 Michael Leitch with injury for two
This week was full of surprises. The Hurricanes beat the Highlanders 27-20,
maybe the Blues should have won, but the Crusaders beat them 26-21, and the
formerly top of the table Chiefs lost 45-25 to the Waratahs. The Southern
Kings beat the Jaguares 29-22, the Brumbies beat the Sunwolves 66-5, the
Lions beat the Bulls 56-20, the Stormers beat the Cheetahs 31-24.
At the end of the London Sevens, Fiji are on top of the world with 181
points, followed by South Africa on 171 and NZ back in third on 158.
While one NZer made the England squad, six new players have made the All
Blacks: Damian McKenzie, Seta Tamanivalu, Ardie Savea, Elliot Dixon, Liam
Squire and Ofa Tu'ungafasi. And Israel Dagg is back in black after missing
out on the World Cup last year.

Last weekend just after I sent out the weekender, it was all on for Joseph
Parker in the most difficult fight of his career, but he did get a
unanimous decision win over Carlos Takam and with the win announced he was
ready to fight for the IBF world heavyweight title.

It has been a good week for Steven Adams and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Well maybe more for OKC than Steven. For the second game in a row Steven
Adams was hit "below the belt" by Golden State Warriors player Draymond
Green. Afterwards Steven commented "It happened before mate, he is pretty
accurate". However the event spurred OKC on to thrash the Warriors 133-105
and they also won the fourth game to lead 3-1 in the best of seven series.
The Warriors pulled a game back, but OKC just need to win one more to make
the finals series. However Steven has shown he is a star of the future in
this series, he has been getting better each game and his great attitude
has seen him very poplar with the media - an awesome ambassador for NZ.
Update: The Warriors have won today's games so at 3-3 it's winner takes all
for the next game!

Valerie Adams is slowly coming back from her shoulder surgery and in the
Diamond League in Rabat threw a winning 19.68m shot for the third longest
throw this season.

In league the Warriors have started making changes, by letting go of Konrad
Hurrell. Hurrell had the potential to be a great player but just wasn't for
the Warriors, and he was quickly snapped up by the Gold Coast Titans.

Lisa Carrington kicked off her season with a win in the K1-200 and a second
in the K2-500 at the World Cup of canoeing.

Emma Twigg qualified for the Olympics in rowing, but four other crews
missed out, two of those by a single place.

In cricket, the national coach Mike Hesson has signed up for the next three

The Tall Ferns got off to a good start in the European leg of Olympic
Qualifying Tournament when they beat Latvia 70-64, but Latvia turned the
result around in the second game winning 72-52.

The All Whites started the Nations Cup with a 3-1 win over Fiji.
*NZ News*
The budget is no longer an all in one package these days, they start drip
feeding it out early but it was mostly released this week. I think a great
summary was from former Labour MP John Tamihere who said "Everybody wants
more out of the Budget but no one wants to pay extra taxes to cover it."
*The Numbers Game*
36.7: % support for John Key as Prime Minister, his lowest since he took
office, but still well ahead of second place Winston Peters on 12.1% and
Labour leader Andrew Little dropping to 8.9%
47: % support for the National Party - steady
300: new houses in Auckland targetting lower-cost or social housing
520: $/week average Auckland rent after a $20 jump in one week
9.7m: $ extra funding for Greymouth Hospital
650m: $ extra for the vulnerable, spanning health, welfare & education,
helping those 'at risk' - NZ Budget 2016
2.2b: $ extra put into health - NZ Budget 2016
*Finance NZ Dollar*
GBP 0.4574 (-0.0069)
EUR 0.6018 (-0.0013)
USD 0.6690 (-0.0072)
AUD 0.9311 (-0.0042)
*The Weekender NZer of the week*
Roy Kerr
In a ceremony held at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm
yesterday, Emeritus Professor Roy Kerr, 82, was handed the million-dollar
Crafoord Prize by HM King Carl XVI Gustaf.
*Joke of the Weekender*
100 ways to phone in a pizza order

86. Order a one-inch pizza.
87. Order term life insurance.
88. When they say "Will that be all", snicker and say "We'll find out,
won't we?"
89. Order with a Speak-n- Spell where applicable.
90. Ask how many dolphins were killed to make that pizza.
*Weekender Photos*
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