The Weekender 28/07/2018

Hello, how are you today? 


Last weekend in Super Rugby, the quarter-finals continued. The Crusaders were clinical beating the Sharks 40-10, while in South Africa the Lions beat the Jaguares 40-23. The Highlanders were 17 points ahead of the Waratahs at halftime but ended their season with a poor second half losing 30-23.
In Rugby Sevens, last weekend in San Francisco, the women beat a tough challenge from the hosts 26-21 to make the final, going on to beat France in the final, while the men beat Fiji 22-17 to make the final, then went on to beat England 33-12 in the final for a great Sevens double.

Hayden Paddon is near the front at the halfway mark of the WRC Rally of Finland.
Scott McLaughlin extended his lead in the Aussie V8's after winning at Ipswitch last weekend.

The NZ Warriors lost 12-6 to the table-topping Melbourne Storm in Auckland last weekend, but they did raise $70,000 for four charities.

The new Wellington Phoenix coach has signed up two former Socceroos as he plans for an improvement from the club. 

NZ News

Wellington commuters faced big delays last week as they had to contend with not only the return of school but also industrial action. While nurses are expected to accept the new offer from the DHB's - but then they were also expected to accept the last offer, and apparently there are still plenty of negative comments about the new offer.

There has been a call for Labour and NZ First MP's to follow suit after the Green Party stepped up to their ideals of an open government, and released the diaries for all their MP's. It allows people to see who they are spending time with and is in contrast to their coalition partner Labour, who has come under fire for withholding information about meetings that opposition MPs have requested.
Treaty negotiations minister Andrew Little has announced he is ready to sign a deal with Hauraki, however, it isn't all rosy, with claims by the iwi infringing on Tauranga iwi land.

It has been a difficult week for the Green's after their conservation minister was forced to explain why given the government has moved to halt new mining, two large areas of the South Island have just been opened for prospecting. They have also had to "swallow a dead rat" and vote for the Electoral (Integrity) Amendment (or waka-jumping) Bill which they were strongly against - but failed to mention in coalition negotiations.

So Sir Ray Avery has a plan to save 1,000,000 babies with a great invention called the Life Pod. He could still do it, but he planned a fundraising concert at Eden Park, and although it was widely supported, there were a few very vocal opponents headed by former Prime Minister Helen Clark. This week Eden Park cancelled the concert with Helen Clark having the gall to say she was relieved. Sir Ray Avery was obviously gutted saying "I got up in the morning and tried to do something that was wonderful. I thought that all of New Zealand would get behind it and 91 per cent of them did." 

The Numbers Game

5.2: Richter scale earthquake 25km northeast of Picton with over 8,000 people noting it
100: kph speed limit for the Waterview tunnel in Auckland - although it will drop if necessary at times
123: year old piano seized by DOC after being imported to NZ because of Ivory importing rules
173m: $ pay settlement for mental health and addiction support workers to bring them inline with care and support workers
8.4b: $ spent by tourists in Auckland this year 

Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5179 (-0.0012)
EUR 0.5828 (+0.0022)
USD 0.6792 (-0.0020)
AUD 0.9169 (-0.0002)

The Weekender NZer of the week

NZ Police
Well not all of them today, but some Counties Manukau officers certainly. They received three 1-1-1 calls from a four-year-old boy who had wanted a police-themed fifth birthday party. He had told his mother he wanted them to come but she didn't think he would call them. Anyway, they turned up for the party, even bringing a toy police dog. The police arrested his friends, let him play with the siren and even the police helicopter did a fly-over.

Joke of the Weekender

Q. What’s the difference between ignorance and apathy? 
A. I don’t know and I don’t care.


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