The Weekender 19/11/2016

Hello and welcome from the Shaky Isles!


Last weekend the northern tours for rugby continued with Australia scoring late to beat Scotland 23-22, while England beat South Africa 37-21 for the first win in 10 years. The All Blacks stepped up from the previous week with a 68-10 win over Italy, France beat Samoa 52-8, and Wales beat Argentina 24-20.
During the week the International Rugby awards were announced with Beauden Barrett being voted the World Player of the Year. New Zealand won Team of the Year and Steve Hansen was Coach of the Year.
One funny story from last week was a former Ireland winger saying that the All Blacks lost because they were "arrogant". So does that mean Ireland was being arrogant for the last 111 years?

The Wellington Phoenix overcame a few key people missing to beat the Central Coast Mariners 2-0 for their first away win.

In the Four Nations rugby league Australia beat England 36-18 to set up a trans-tasman final.

The Breakers had a good late 87-86 away win over the Perth Wildcats after Corey Webster slotted the winner. Later in the week they beat the Hawks 100-85 with new injury-replacement American import Dave Stockton starting off a winner.

NZ News

The news this week has all been about the massive earthquake on Sunday night/Monday morning based near Hamner Springs. It was originally listed as a 7.5, and later upgraded to a 7.8. The Waikato is typically pretty geologically stable and Sunday night was the first time I've felt an earthquake in the Waikato. It was felt all across the country and there were two deaths. Kaikoura was probably the hardest hit with the sea bed lifted over a metre, and it has been cut off with both north & south with State Highway One (and the railroad) being covered in a large number of large slips and a huge amount of road damage. Although the inland route to Kaikoura was passable, Civil Defence is shutting the road frequently due to the aftershocks - of which there have been over 1,800 this week.

There were also tsunami warnings, with many people evacuated in the middle of the night, with 2m waves hitting Kaikoura and I think 5-6m waves in other places. A bunch of international warships were due in Auckland this week - including the first American warship for 33 years, but they all bypassed Auckland heading straight to the South Island to help with relief, and helping tourists evacuate from Kaikoura. The ships were also from Australia, Canada, Japan and Singapore.

The biggest earthquake in the last 150 years was an 8.2 in Wairarapa in 1855, and 7.8's in Murchison 1929, Hawke's Bay 1931 and Dusky Sound in 2009.

It is expected that it will cost around $2b for the repairs & was the power of 400 atom bombs.

The Numbers Game

9,000: km and 6 months for a message in a bottle to go from NZ to Robinson Crusoe Island near Chile
69,954: net gain in migration, a 25 year high on permanent and long-term international migration
5m: $ donated to Auckland University by a Hong Kong rich lister

Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5672 (-0.0033)
EUR 0.6623 (0.0024)
USD 0.7025 (-0.0156)
AUD 0.9519 (0.0052)

The Weekender NZer of the week
Douglas Wright
design of dance

Joke of the Weekender

A Light-bulb Moment
To avoid taking down my Christmas lights, I’m turning my house into an Italian restaurant.

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