The Weekender 17/09/2016

Hello, I hope you've had a good week! There has been a bit of rain in central areas this weekend.


Tonight in the Rugby Championship, the All Blacks have beaten South Africa 41-13 to bank their fourth bonus point win in four games. Last weekend Aaron Smith didn't have a good game. In my memory that's his first game for the All Blacks where he hasn't been amazing. He was back to his best tonight and it showed with the All Blacks almost always on the front foot.

Following up last weekend, Australia snapped a year long losing streak (six games) to beat South Africa 23-17 in the Rugby Championship, and it looks like that will continue after scoring three quick tries at the start of the game against Argentina.

In other news former All Black Filo Tiatia has been named coach of the Japanese Super Rugby team the Sunwolves.


At the Paralympics, Sophie Pascoe got her second gold in the women's 100m Backstroke S10, and then another in the 200m individual medley. Liam Malone won NZ's second athletics gold in the Men's T43/44 200m. All of that and a lot more leaves NZ ninth on the medal table with nine golds, five silvers and five bronze, and NZ currently leads the totals medals per capita.


In netball the Silver Ferns have been playing Jamaica, and won the first game 72-34, then on Wednesday won 61-38, and completed a clean sweep winning the final game tonight 66-38.


George Bennett has become the first kiwi to break into the top 10 for the finish of a grand tour. George finished tenth in the tour of Spain.


Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney has replaced Andrew McFadden as coach of the NZ Warriors. Andrew will stay on as an assistant coach. And David Kidwell has been named coach of the Kiwis.

NZ News

The Government has announced an inquiry into the water contamination in Hawke's Bay recently. Around 4,500 people became ill.

The Numbers Game

5.0: and 4.6 richter scale aftershocks this week for the East Coast
26: % for Labour in the latest One News Colmar Brunton poll is bad news a year out from the election - their lowest result since 2014

53: % of people (in a ONCB poll) think the government should make houses in Auckland more affordable, even if it lowers average house prices
1,200: new homes to replace 300 state houses in Northcote with 400 to be social housing, to be completed by 2021

8m: $ worth of drugs resulted in five years in prison for a man after Customs intercepted his packages
35m: $ shortfall for Canterbury District Health Board for the next financial year

3.4b: $ estimate for the Auckland City Rail link, up from $2.8b

Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5541 (-0.0001)

EUR 0.6507 (-0.0041)

USD 0.7295 (-0.0075)

AUD 0.9724 (0.0036)

The Weekender NZer of the week

Craig Hine
A Tauranga truck driver has been lauded as a hero for stopping in busy traffic to rescue an elderly man's mobility scooter which was stuck on railway tracks - moments before a train arrived.

Joke of the Weekender

I once gave my husband the silent treatment for an entire week, at the end of which he declared, “Hey, we’re getting along pretty great lately!”

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