The Weekender 05/11/2016

Welcome to Guy Fawkes! We had some friends over, made smores, went up a hill nearby to eat fish & chip and watched everyone else's fireworks - and I can still hear them going outside.


The Auckland round of the Aussie V8's is on this weekend at Pukekohe with Jamie Whincup winning the first round and Shane van Gisbergen winning the second, so Shane's 148 point lead in the championship is retained nearing the end of the season. Fabian Coulthard finished fourth and Scott McLaughlin 6th, as Scott moved to within 22 points of third place.

The story of the week has to be Steven Adams. It's curious how excited we get when our top All Blacks like Dan Carter earn huge pay days overseas - because they are tiny. Steven Adams has signied a deal with Oklahoma City Thunder for four years, he has jumped everyone on the list. Well jumped isn't the right word. Russell Coutts was the highest with $13m, but Steven will be on $35m with this $NZ140m four year deal. He was already number four on the list at his current rate of $2.8m.

Third on the list will be All White captain and English football Premier League player Winston Reid (go the Hammers) with $12m and Scott Dixon getting $11m from Indy cars. Rounding out the top 10 are Danny Lee & Lydia Ko in golf, Dan Carter & Richie McCaw (non playing but sponsorship deals), James McDonald in horse racing and Sonny Bill Williams. So although there are three rugby players there, it's definitely NZ's minority sports (basketball, sailing & football) leading the rich list.

Interesting that this week AIG renewed their sponsorship of the All Blacks thought to be worth $80m. Oh how cute, Steven Adams could save up for a year or three and buy the All Blacks.

The Wellington Phoenix sparked to life with a 2-0 win over the Newcastle Jets for their first win of the A-League season.

Kirk Penny showed his class with 27 points in the Breakers 119-93 win over the Adelaide 36ers.

Shaun Johnson found his groove again as the Kiwis beat England 17-16 in the Four Nations rugby league competition.

The All Blacks are due to play Ireland tomorrow morning in Chicago, but earlier today the NZ Maori team beat United States 54-7.

One year after losing to King Country, North Otago has turned the tables with a 44-22 win in the Lochore Cup.
The Super Rugby squads were announced for next year and the Chiefs have resigned Liam Messam,Tim Nanai-Williams, and Stephen Donald. 

Last weekend the Black Caps were contemplating a historic ODI series win over India - and then they started playing. India batted first and reach 269 and then Kane Williamson top scored with ... 27, and NZ were all out for 79 - a 190 run win for India and the series win.

Silver Fern Laura Langman has been awarded Netball NZ's top prize for the second year in a row, and next year because she is playing in Australia, she won't be eligible to be in the Silver Ferns!

NZ News

The Labour conference was on this week so they started with a few announcements. They've said if they become the government, they will spend $680m on an early start to the Auckland light rail system. The move was quickly labeled pork-barrel politics by Steven Joyce. Another announcement was that they will provide free training to people who have lost their job due to technology.

Former Labour leader David Cunliffe has announced he won't stand at the next election, he will leave hoping he made a difference.

The Auditor General has finished a report into the Saudi sheep deal and Murray McCully. By the tight definition of legal corruption & bribery has determined that McCully is not guilty. However in the general sense that people mostly understand, it was a pretty dodgy deal and the Prime Minister really should fire him. Ironically the most vocal against the government in this case are not the opposition but the right-wing bloggers.

Gareth Morgan has announced a new political party this week - and even compared himself to Donald Trump as an anti-establishment candidate. His party is called The Opportunity Party.

The Numbers Game

-0.9: degC for Queenstown overnight this week for a mid spring freeze
7m 45s: record for free diver Kathryn Nevatt holding her breath in a Porirura pool
15: people have died on NZ roads in the last seven days
83.3: % of 18-year olds achieved NCEA Level 2 in 2015, up from 77.2% in 2012, and heading toward a Government key target of 85% by 2017
357: kg of methamphetamine has been intercepted by customs at the border this year to September, up from 10kg in 2009, all but 4kg in Auckland
143,109: terrabytes of data used by NZers in the month of June, only 2% or 3,165 TB was on mobile connections
2.1m: $ to be spent on six new classrooms for Wellington and Kapiti Coast

Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5860 (-0.0005)
EUR 0.6589 (0.0056)
USD 0.7318 (0.0181)
AUD 0.9530 (0.0123)

The Weekender NZer of the week

Maurice Wilkins
design of DNA

Joke of the Weekender

When Relatives Attack
There is nothing more awkward than the moment you realize you’re getting a double-cheek kiss.

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