The Weekender 04/06/2016

Welcome, winter has certainly arrived, with a couple of frosts here this
The Warriors had a great game and handed third placed Brisbane Broncos
their worst defeat of the season beating them 36-18 today.
Not anything to do with NZ but Queensland beat NSW 6-4 in the first Origin

The Super rugby is taking a break for a short international season. England
is heading to Australia and Wales are in New Zealand.
Sonny Bill Williams will be leaving the Chiefs after this season (although
going to Rio for the Sevens means he's not playing anyway), and heading to
Auckland after being tempted by a reunion with Tana Umanga. He has
committed to a three year deal. Of further worries to Chiefs supporters is
talk that Liam Messam might now be tempted to Auckland as well.

NZ Rowing got eight medals at the Rowing World Cup in Lucerne this week.
Golds went to Mahe Drysdale, Eric Murray and Hamish Bond, and the
lightweight four of Alistair Bond, James Hunter, James Lassche and Matt

The Waikato/BOP Magic continue their winning run last weekend with a 54-44
win over the Pulse in the ANZ Champs.

Steven Adams and his Oklahoma City Thunder were knocked out of the NBA
Western Conference finals after going 3-1 up but you can't discount the
Stephen Curry effect, and the Golden State Warriors are through to the

In the Rome round of the Diamond League, Valerie Adams got gold with the
throw of the season of 19.69m - however her main two rivals skipped the
*NZ News*
NZ's broadband plan was two fold - and sensibly so, the fibre rollout is
going great in cities and towns and then there is the RBI which has 154
cellular towers serving up 3G & 4G. Now 300,000 homes and businesses can
access RBI with the aim of 99% of NZ being able to get 50 Mbps internet by

This week the political news was all about Labour and the Greens announcing
that they will be doing deals in some electorates and will be working more
closely to try and beat National at the next election. It's all very
interesting with Labour supporters saying that National will be smiling at
the deal and others saying Winston Peters and NZ First will be hoping to
pick up lots of middle ground support of people who like Labour but not the
Greens. And unless things change dramatically (and soon) the Labour and
Greens coalition still won't be able to do anything without NZ First.
*The Numbers Game*
0: degree nights a couple of times in Hamilton, -2 in Taupo
4: people have died on the roads so far this Queens Birthday Weekend
81: # on the ESPN Fame 100 list is Lydia Ko, as one of only eight women on
the list
139: year record of wettest May on the West Coast broken and now 574mm
41,000: beneficiaries were underpaid a total of $23m since 1993
46,000: beneficiaries were overpaid a total of $32m since 1993
276m: $ for the Canterbury Schools rebuild over four years
*Finance NZ Dollar*
GBP 0.4750 (0.0176)
EUR 0.6122 (0.0104)
USD 0.6866 (0.0176)
AUD 0.9439 (0.0128)
*The Weekender NZer of the week*
Douglas Wright
design of dance
*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.
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