The Weekender 16/06/2018

Hello, how are you this Fieldays Week! Next weekend we have a family get together, so I'll be skipping the Weekender, catch you the week after. 


The All Blacks kicked off their international games last weekend, with a 52-11 win over France at Eden Park. But the first half was a bit rusty in their first game of the season and at halftime were behind 8-11. Rieko Ioane got a double with Beauden Barrett, Taylor, Ben Smith, McKenzie, Laumape and Ardie Savea all scoring tries and three Barrett brothers starting the game.
The Australian and South African teams may well be struggling in Super Rugby but the national teams helped provide a trifecta of wins over their northern hemisphere counterparts. Australia ended Irelands 15 month run, beating them 18-9, and the Springboks fought back from a great English start to win 42-39. Hurricanes captain Brad Shields has been handed a start for the English team for this weekend.
The Black Ferns won the final round of the World Series in Paris, beating Australia 33-7 in the final.
The NZ under 20 side won't be defending their World Championship title after they were beaten 16-7 by France in the semi-final.
Jono Gibbes will become the Director of Rugby for French Top 14 Club La Rochelle at the end of the year. And Julian Savea has reportedly signed a two-year deal with Toulon.

Last weekend Shaun Johnson inspired the Warriors to a 34-14 win over Manly in his 150th NRL game. This weekend, captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck returned from injury to help the Warriors to a 23-16 win over the North Queensland Cowboys.

Surfer Paige Hareb has had to withdraw from the next two Championship tour events after breaking her ribs after she hit a rock.

The White Ferns continued their dominance over Ireland with a 306-run win at the start of the week, and for three games scored over 400.

Haydon Paddon finished fourth in the Rally Italy in Sardinia - a good bounce back from previous results.
Scott Dixon won his second race in a week in IndyCar with a win in Texas putting him onto the top of the championship.
Brendon Hartley appears to have received backing from Red Bull after rumours that he was about to be replaced. He hasn't had a good start to the season but hopefully, he can start doing a bit better.

Evie Corrigan has broken two world records to claim gold at the 2018 World Classic Powerlifting Championships.

NZ News

Although the commentary had been around a close race, the Northcote byelection was won comfortably by National with a 1,362 majority. It was a safe seat for National but obviously would have been a boost for Labour if they'd been able to pull off a win.

The government seems to have gone shy on announcing yet another review after they quietly set up an advisory group to replace National Standards.
There were confusing announcements this week around justice with the government seeming to indicate they were no longer going to repeal the three strikes law which they've talked over & over about repealing. However, it seems New Zealand First forced their hand, with the opposition saying it "underlined cracks in the coalition".
The Prime Minister has left to have her baby, leaving Winston Peters in charge - with everyone wondering what will happen. Especially with an announcement the same day that Winston Peters was pushing forward in suing former ministers Paula Bennett and Anne Tolley but also the Ministry of Social Development, its Chief executive and the State Services Commissioner for $450,000. So he is currently acting Prime Minister and he is suing his own government. What a bizarre set of circumstances.
Green MP and Minister Eugenie Sage has come under fire from her own party after she allowed a Chinese-owned company to expand its water bottling plant. She really has done the right thing, but it is weird considering Greens campaigned strongly against any foreign companies having rights to sell NZ water.
Police Minister Stuart Nash has been quizzed after he admitted he didn't bother to read official advice on options for phasing in 1,800 new police officers over five years. He said he doesn't read those papers because of the coalition promise. How unbelievable.
You'd think that would be enough for the week but no, National has a voice message indicating that under fire Health Minister David Clark tried to gag public servants, offering them jobs in return for their silence over the issues at Middlemore Hospital.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff has had more problems this week with councillors penning a letter of no confidence with his recent handling of the downtown stadium.

The weather has been causing a bit of havoc recently and nowhere more so than Lemons Hill SH 11 in the Bay of Islands. They had another slip on the road a day before it was due to be opened after clearing a previous slip. 

The Numbers Game

3.5: % of Aucklanders use mobile phones according to a survey
5.06: $ the average price for an Avocado at the moment
44,000: $ cost for fixing tracks with the derailed train at Britomart

Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5230 (-0.0020)
EUR 0.5988 (+0.0009)
USD 0.6949 (-0.0088)
AUD 0.9336 (+0.0082)

The Weekender NZer of the week

Clarence Beeby
design of education

Joke of the Weekender

Why aren’t koalas actual bears?
They don’t meet the koalafications.


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