The Weekender 09/06/2018

Welcome along. After a lovely sunny Saturday ride last weekend, the rest of the long weekend was very stormy, but later this week we've had some amazing blue sky days with frosty mornings. 


Super Rugby takes a break for the international window but last weekend the Crusaders out-muscled the Chiefs 34-20 for a 10-game winning streak.
Table: Crusaders* 54, Hurricanes 45, Highlanders/Lions* 40, Chiefs 37, Waratahs 35, Jaguares 34, Rebels 34, Sharks 28, Brumbies/Stormers* 25, Bulls 24, Reds 19, Blues 17, Sunwolves 10. Four NZ teams in the top five (on points). Thirteen games except for 14*.
Brad Shields has been fast-tracked into the England squad and is on the bench for the first test against South Africa.

Scott Dixon had his first win of the IndyCar season last weekend, making it four top-five finishes in the first seven races. He is second in the championship.

The White Ferns have broken the men and women's ODI highest score record. Ireland put them into bat and they scored 490-4 and they went on to a 346-run win. Captain Suzie Bates and Maddy Green struck centuries with Bates now having the most runs for NZ women.
The successful Black Caps coach Mike Hesson is standing down after six years in the role to spend more time with his family.

Ryan Fox has grabbed a spot on the US Open next week.

The All Whites beat Chinese Taipei 1-0 for their first win at the Intercontinental Cup in Mumbai. They followed that up with a win over India 2-1.

Tom Walsh has won the shot put in the latest round of the Oslo Diamond League.

NZ News

Last weekend the Queens Birthday honours were announced and former Prime Minister Bill English was knighted, as did singer John Rowles, while Annabel Langbein was made an Officer of the Order of Merit for services as a food writer. 

The speedway is leaving Western Springs after 90 years, and the ground will become a cricket ground - at the end of the 2019-20 season.

Phil Goff (mayor of Auckland) has defended not giving councillors full access to a $1m "pre-feasibility" report on a potential $1.5b downtown stadium.

The teachers union is planning industrial action after the offer by the Ministry of Education fell short of their expectations. It hasn't taken long for the unions to flex their muscles with this government. 

The Numbers Game

42.7: % support for Labour in Radio NZ's "poll of polls" (average of three polls), down from 44% and showing no bounce from the budget
86: # ranking for Steven Adams in the Forbes' annual list of the world's top hundred highest-paid athletes
113: more plants classified as "threatened" - including Kauri from the die-back disease
122: reviews initiated by the government costing an estimated $114m by the opposition (those are things the now-government had 9 years to work on in opposition)
150: m from sea-level snow in Dunedin during the week
9,000: km away from NZ is South Georgia island where kiwis have led the world's biggest rodent eradication project
32,000: $ bill for taxpayers for former US President Barak Obama's three-day visit to NZ recently
1,000,000: babies that Sir Ray Avery is planning to save with his LifePod incubators
10m: $ clean up in Tolaga Bay after the recently flooding

Finance NZ Dollar

For years I've used the OANDA rates, but this week we switch to a free API service I've found to make it easier, it's now a one-click process. The price differences are from the new service from last week.
GBP 0.5250 (+0.0017)
EUR 0.5978 (-0.0008)
USD 0.7037 (+0.0053)
AUD 0.9254 (+0.0029)

The Weekender NZer of the week

Jean Batten
design of flying

Joke of the Weekender

What's ET short for?
He's only got little legs.


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