The Weekender 07/07/2018

Welcome along, it has been another cold week. 


Last weekend in Super Rugby, Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd was rather annoyed as his team lost 24-12 to the Brumbies, while the Chiefs thumped the Highlanders in the first half in Suva and held on to win 22-45, even though it wasn't a bonus point. With that, they jump the Highlanders on the table. This weekend the Highlanders were on the wrong side of the same scoreline after they were beaten 45-22 by the Crusaders who look to have secured home games for the rest of their season. The Chiefs need to beat the Brumbies to overtake the Hurricanes for second place in the NZ conference and are leading 17-0 at halftime. In the second half, they lost a man to the bin and the Brumbies scored twice to get close but the Chiefs held on for a 24-19 win. They are level with the Hurricanes but the Canes are about to play the Blues.
Table: Crusaders 58, Hurricanes*/Chiefs 45, Lions 41, Highlanders 40, Waratahs* 39, Jaquares* 38, Rebels 35, Sharks* 32, Brumbies 30, Bulls*/Stormers 25, Reds 23, Blues* 22, Sunwolves* 14. 15 games, * = 14 games. Four of NZ's five teams in the top five.

The Tall Blacks beat China 67-57 in their World Cup qualifying match.

The White Ferns were beaten in the tri-series Twenty20 final by England.

The Warriors have been thrashed 36-4 by Penrith missing a chance to get back into the top four.

Scott Donaldson has become the first person to kayak solo across the Tasman, arriving in New Plymouth this week after 62 days at sea. His last attempt was abandoned only 80 km offshore. It may take up to a year for him to physically recover from the mission.

Tom Walsh has won the Lausanne Diamond League shotput event.

NZ News

The primary teachers and principals have decided to strike next month. Senior doctors employed by ACC are to strike over contract negotiations.

The latest advice given to the Government is that the prison population will rise by 4,100 over the next 10-years. They found out just after announcing that they were scaling back the previous government's plans to expand Waikeria.
The government announced the salary cap for those that can apply for Kiwi Build houses - and it's a massive $180,000. As another commentator noted - this is looking more & more like middle-class welfare.

Auckland is looking at adding a "toilet tax" to their petrol tax, to help pay for a $1b sewer tunnel.

National leader Simon Bridges has claimed that there was a conflict of interest with the appointment of Wally Haumaha as the countries top Policeman. He had previous ties to New Zealand First and was almost a New Zealand First candidate. 

The Numbers Game

0: degC for Auckland - a rare frosty night for them
2.30: $/L for petrol in Auckland after the governments 11.5c fuel levy was introduced - one of the taxes the government said they won't introduce in their first term
10: years since the Mangatepopo Canyoning tragedy which killed six students and a teacher
99.1: kg southern bluefin tuna for a record-breaking tuna at Waihau Bay for Helen Horrocks
122.9: hours of sunlight in Hokitika for June, well above the average of 98.7, Christchurch had 80.4, down on their average of 117.1
2.1b: $ of NZ assets have been sold to foreign investors in the first five months of the year

Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5147 (+0.0021)
EUR 0.5817 (+0.0026)
USD 0.6840 (+0.0070)
AUD 0.9201 (+0.0061)

The Weekender NZer of the week

Godfrey Bowen
design of the wool clip

Joke of the Weekender

It's hard to explain puns to kleptomaniacs because they always take things literally.


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