The Weekender 28/04/2018

Hello, we've had some lovely weather recently but another storm has hit with trees down, rain and lots of wind.


Last weekend in Super Rugby, the Chiefs dealt with the Reds 36-12 - extending the winning streak of NZ teams over Australian teams and the Crusaders beat the Sunwolves 33-11. This weekend the Hurricanes jumped to the top of the table with a 43-15 win over the Sunwolves. The Reds have beaten the high flying Lions but were ahead 27-0 after 53 minutes and only just won 27-22.
Brad Shields seems to have gotten a call-up to the England national team, even though he is still playing for the Hurricanes and has a contract with NZRU which doesn't allow him to play for anyone else, and England has a selection policy of only picking players playing in England. Perhaps England needs another kiwi captain since Dylan Hartley is out for a long break with injury.

The NZ Warriors came to earth with a thud being thrashed 50-10 in the annual ANZAC Day match. It was only their second loss so hopefully, they will bounce back from it.

Steven Adams and the Oklahoma City Thunder have been knocked out of the first round of the NBA playoffs by the Utah Jazz.

NZ News

A story was showing up a few times this week where an American backpacker "blasted" 'Pure New Zealand' as a myth. It's a bit of a non-story, but the funny part was someone retorting that perhaps "America, home of the free" might be questionable as well.

Columnist Matthew Hooton was forced to apologise to former National MP Steven Joyce this week, after a highly critical column where Hooton said the column "could reasonably be understood to suggest that the Hon Steven Joyce had engaged in unethical, dishonest and/or corrupt behaviour during his tenure as a Minister in the previous National Government". Hooton went on to say "Nothing in the column was intended to convey such suggestions, which would be untrue. I apologise to Mr Joyce for any harm caused as a consequence."

The outgoing Counties Manukau DHB chairman has directly contradicted Health Minister David Clark about what he was told about the state of buildings at Middlemore and what happened afterward. At a guess, it sounds like Clark just doesn't listen to anyone, and makes up his own version of the truth.

The Numbers Game

150: earthquake strengthened classrooms in 36 schools have been rebuilt by NZ's Himalayan Trust after the 2015 earthquake in Nepal
300: kg of honey fell of a truck in Northland - it was estimated to be worth about $12m
69,000: more people in NZ at the end of last month than the year before - and despite Labour & NZ First campaigning strongly on drastically cutting immigration, no one seems to care
28b: $ announced this week for Auckland's roads, described by the opposition as a re-announcement of their plans when in government, except with a road toll, regional fuel tax, and national fuel tax.

Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5108 (-0.0034)
EUR 0.5837 (-0.0030)
USD 0.7065 (-0.0157)
AUD 0.9344 (-0.0046)

The Weekender NZer of the week

Sylvia Ashton-Warner
In total Ashton-Warner published five novels, two books of short stories, two autobiographies and two non-fictional accounts of her educational theory.

Joke of the Weekender

Have you heard about those new corduroy pillows? They're making headlines.


Darren Harrison:
The Weekender: mailed weekly (Sunday nightish)
{If these just fill up your junk mail, then send me an email & I'll take you off the list | The Weekender is not a verified news source, sometimes it's even just an opinion}