The Weekender 26/11/2016

Hello, it's been a hot week with a bit of rain & wind - typical spring.


Well there has been lots of international rugby! Wales beat Japan 33-30, Italy beat the Springboks 20-18 for the first time ever, England beat Fiji 58-15, Scotland beat the Pumas 19-16 with an injury time penalty, the Wallabies beat France 25-23, and this weekend Samoa beat Canada 25-23.

But our game of the week last weekend was the rematch All Blacks against Ireland in Dublin. The All Blacks won 21-9, and both teams were unhappy with the ref for unsurprisingly different reasons. The crowd only saw red and tried their best to sway the ref and it seemed to work. Overseas commentators seem to harp on about how the All Blacks get away with stuff but it's quite clearly the opposite. The All Blacks got pinged for things that Ireland had been doing all day, so it was a very one sided penalty count. The Irish all complained loudly about Beauden Barrett's try when there was one TV angle showing he got it down - but that was only shown to the crowd once - and they ignored that he just about had his head taken off in the tackle and it should have been a penalty try and sin bin! Conversely they complained loudly about Sam Cane's tackle, but the other guy ran into him. Cane was cited and was found to be ok, while Malakai Fekitoa was cited and unsurprisingly not allowed to play after a high shot. Additionally the referee's boss admitted that Aaron Smith should not have been sin-binned.

Steven Adams had a career high scoring 20 points for the Oklahoma City Thunder but it still wasn't enough. OKC isn't doing quite so well this year.

The Black Ferns retained their No 1 status with a 20-10 win over Canada, in their tour in Dublin.

The Black Sticks men got a late goal to draw 1-1 with Malaysia in the International Festival of Hockey in Melbourne.

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have been named New Zealand sailors of the year - taking out the top award for the fourth year in a row.

Pakistan are on tour here and the first test was won by NZ. Pakistan was all out for 133, with Colin de Grandhomme taking six wickets on debut. NZ replied with 200 with Jeet Raval top scoring with 55 on debut. Pakistan could only add 171 and Kane Williamson hit 61 leading NZ to an eight wicket win.

In the second test here in Hamilton, Raval top scored for NZ with 55 as NZ got to 271 all out, and Pakistan is currently at 76/5 in reply at the end of day 2. Just for a bit of controversy, it seems that Kane Williamson was incorrectly given out, after Pakistan appealed a not-out decision.

Australia restored typical rugby league order in the universe at the final of the Four Nations, after they thrashed the Kiwis 34-8 to take the title and the No 1 ranking.

NZ News

A man convicted of assaulting a female prison guard has become the first person to be sentenced for a "third strike" offence.

Former Dunedin woman Anna Ross has been named young Australian businesswoman of the year.

The Numbers Game

3: buildings owned by the Wellington City Council will be demolished due to inspections after this months big Kaikoura earthquake
5.6: richter scale quake hit Hawke's Bay
5.7: richter scale quake hit Culverdon
6: hour journey for the army aid convoy to reach Kaikoura
6: months expected time for SH1 from Picton to Christchurch to be out of action after the Kaikoura earthquake
20: % of "injuries" in Auckland hospitals are affected by alcohol
23: ms trans tasman ping time isn't enough of a leg up for Australians. We can download their websites faster than Sydney or Melbourne can according to a TruNet report, highlighting the growing gulf in broadband services
26: buildings have been red stickered in Waiau, North Canterbury after the Kaikoura quake - in a town of 300 people
30: whooping cough cases reported in Rotorua, up from nine in 2015 and 15 in 2014
34.1: degC in Wairoa was the highest November temperature in NZ for 15 years, 33C in Napier broke a 52 year record
56: swing sets around Auckland have been removed after one child was hurt on a 20 year-old set on Waiheke Island
700: lives/yr are being saved by Hospital emergency departments having a controversial six-hour target - according to new research
4,000: aftershocks in the week after the Kaikoura quake
265,000: for a rare Goldie painting at a recent auction
29m: $ to be repaid to 49,000 WINZ clients who were underpaid because of a coding error

Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5644 (-0.0028)
EUR 0.6640 (0.0017)
USD 0.7027 (0.0002)
AUD 0.9454 (-0.0065)

The Weekender NZer of the week

Ernest Rutherford
The creator of modern atomic physics and forerunner of the nuclear age, Ernest Rutherford was one of the 20th century's greatest scientists. An experimenter, inventor and Nelson farm boy.

Joke of the Weekender

Harry Hill on Dog Enthusiasm
Why do dogs always race to the door when the doorbell rings? It’s hardly ever for them.
Harry Hill

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