The Weekender 04/09/2016

Welcome back. I've had a great trip to Ireland for an awesome wedding, now to figure out what happened while I was away!

The Olympics was on when I left the country and NZ missed out on a number of medals we thought we might get. Our Rugby Seven's team was knocked out by Fiji, after falling to Japan in their first game. The Seven's women were beaten by Australia in the final, and Valerie Adams was beaten by an American who had a surprisingly good throw. But we didn't do as bad as Australia who had their worst outing in years. And then the success stories started coming through. Hamish Bond and Eric Murray won the first gold in the rowing coxless pair, Luuka Jones was a surprise silver in the canoe slalom, Mahe Drysdale defended his men's single sculls, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke got gold in yachting's 49er class, Lisa Carrington won the K1 200m, and got bronze in the K1 500m, Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie got silver in the women's 470 yachting, Alex Maloney and Molly Meech got silver in the 49erFX and Nick Willis won our final medal - a bronze - in the 1500m, as the oldest athlete to win a medal. That left us with 4 Gold, 9 Silver, 5 Bronze, for one of our best medal hauls ever.

The Black Caps started their African tour in Zimbabwe and in the 2nd test won by 254 runs. Then they went on to South Africa. After 1 and a bit days of play there was some rain which ended play for the day. Then despite fine weather for the next two days, the ground was too wet to play on and the match was abandoned. Weird.

The rugby continued through the Olympics with the biggest news being a listening device being found in one of the All Blacks meeting rooms before the first Bledisloe Cup/Rugby Championship game in Australia. But it didn't change the result with the All Blacks beating Australia 42-8. The second game in Wellington was similar with a 29-9 result.
In the other games South Africa narrowly won their first game, but Argentina stunned them in the second game 26-24.
In local rugby, Waikato have had a couple of Ranfurly Shield challenges and have defended the Log o wood so far beating North Harbour and Manawatu 19-10 this weekend. Auckland and Southland were 9-6 at half time before Auckland stepped up for a 51-16 win

The Warriors season was left in tatters after they lost a must win game with a disallowed try on a technicality in the much maligned bunker's system. They didn't recover for the next two games and so their season ended today without making the playoffs.

Tom Walsh has done well after getting bronze at the Olympics with a win in the Diamond League event in Paris, and also set a NZ record. Then in Zurich he won again, and again set a NZ record.

The Silver Fern's kicked off the the Quad Series with a 65-39 win over England, then they beat the Protea's 65-46 after a strong challenge early, and they looked like they had the measure of Australia in the deciding game but the Diamonds finished strongly to edge the Ferns 60-55 and win the inaugural trophy.

NZ News
Labour have promised to pay a chunk of student loans, for people who work in the regions, according to a new policy being developed.

Hawkes Bay had a problem with their city water supply and hundreds of people getting a gastro illness.

Sir Jerry Mateparae and Lady Janine Mateparae have been given a state farewell after five years service as the Governer General.

There was a massive 7.1 earthquake off the East Coast for the biggest shake in the North Island for 20 years this week. Many people were woken up by the 4:37am quake, even as far away as Hamilton and Auckland. There were initial fears of a Tsunami, and the aftershocks have included a normally large 5.5 quake. The quake cut power to 1000 homes and there was some damage but it doesn't seem like there was any serious damage.

The Numbers Game
8: th most liveable city in the world ranking for Auckland, despite property prices and traffic problems
45.1: % support for National after a 1.9% drop, with Labour and the Greens combined on 44.2%
60.3: % support for Phil Goff in the Auckland mayoral race
284: fraud charges against a Waikato woman who supplied fake visas to Filipinos
500: cows stolen from a Canterbury farm
600: migrants a week are settling in Auckland - for the year to June
23,000: students taken out of school for family holidays each school term
4m: $ extra in power spent over the weekend when a cold snap hit the country
Finance NZ Dollar
From 06/08/2016
GBP 0.5479 (0.0008)
EUR 0.6530 (0.0078)
USD 0.7286 (0.0113)
AUD 0.9618 (0.0227)
The Weekender NZer of the week
Ishmael Musa
When Ishmael Musa moved to Auckland's Mt Albert 12 years ago from Kuwait, he didn't like seeing rubbish on the streets, making the area look untidy. So every day, rain or shine, he wanders the community, voluntarily sweeping the streets, picking up litter and sorting recycling from rubbish.
Joke of the Weekender
When asked for his name by the coffee shop clerk, my brother-in-law answered, “Marc, with a C.” Minutes later, he was handed his coffee with his name written on the side: Cark.

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