The Weekender 05/05/2018

We finished the week with some lovely blue sky autumn days but the week started with a thunderstorm watch for Northland and Auckland.


Last weekend the Highlanders pulled out a last-gasp 29-28 win over the Bulls, and the Crusaders beat the Brumbies 21-8 with an ACT winger getting a five-week ban for a high shot on Israel Dagg.
This week the Crusaders crushed the Rebels 55-10 to extend the winning streak of NZ teams over Australian teams - but the Waratahs are playing the Blues this weekend so all bets are off. The Jaguares continued their red-hot run with a 23-19 win over the Chiefs. Things did not go well for Chiefs with questionable decisions and the just couldn't pull anything off.

Lydia Ko won last weekends round of the LPGA - her first win since 2016.

Kane Williamson has led his IPL team to the top of the table with a man of the match performance.

Brendon Hartley finished in the points in Formula One for the first time, when he finished 10th in a crash-strewn Azerbaijan Grand Prix. The last NZer in points in Formula One was the late Chris Amon in 1976.

Despite lots of talk for alternatives, the NZ Warriors club has been sold to their original owners - Auckland Rugby League.

NZ Sailors got Gold, Silver & Bronze at the World Cup regatta in Hyeres.

NZ News

The government has pulled out of cheaper doctors visits, saying coalition funding pressures, saying they will be phased in over time. The two massive Auckland roading projects announced last week are not timed for six or seven years - that's two election wins away.
On the ongoing "it's not a new tax because we promised no new taxes" - but really it is, the Government announced the so-called "Amazon tax", for taxing all low-value online purchases from overseas. Hamilton has joined Christchurch in putting it's hand up for a regional fuel tax of 11.5 cents.

But the biggest news of the week was a huge foot in the mouth for whoever is running the media side of the Labour Party. It seems they have orchestrated the Police Commissioner coming out with a statement that they were not investigating PM Jacinda Ardern's partner Clarke Gayford. Now a couple of things. The first was that I think everyone in the country (except those working in media and politics), said "What rumours?". A few reports made out that everyone knew the rumours but no one does. The second point was that the Police are supposed to be politically distant - but in this case, they certainly weren't.

The Numbers Game

2: days in rough seas in a broken down boat for a father & daughter, finally found both OK
8: months of average rain for Christchurch in the first four months of the year
100: Auckland kindergartens have to have training in tree climbing before they are allowed to supervise kids climbing trees
820,000: $ more spent on pokies in Northland over last year
3.3m: $ cash injection for Hamilton for the inaugural Hamilton Sevens

Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5179 (0.0071)
EUR 0.5866 (0.0029)
USD 0.7019 (-0.0046)
AUD 0.9317 (-0.0027)

The Weekender NZer of the week

Ian Axford
design of astrophysics

Joke of the Weekender

I couldn't figure out why the baseball kept getting larger. Then it hit me.


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