The Weekender 04/08/2018

Hello, this has been delayed a bit to bring you the Super Rugby final result - currently 0-0 down in Christchurch between the Crusaders and the Lions. 


Last weekend in the Super Rugby semi-finals, the Lions beat the Waratahs 44-26 to reach the finals for a third time, while Richie Mo'unga had a brilliant game to lead the Crusaders to a 30-12 win over the Hurricanes.
And the winners for the second year in a row are the Crusaders 37-18 over the Lions with a man of the match performance from Richie Mo'unga.
In 23 years of Super Rugby we have now had: 
- 3 SA wins (all Bulls)
- 4 Australia wins (Brumbies x2, Reds, Waratahs)
- 16 NZ winners (Crusaders x9, Blues x3, Chiefs x2, Highlanders, Hurricanes)

The Blacks Sticks drew 1-1 with Australia in the women's hockey World Cup in England but were knocked out of the competition by Argentina in a 2-0 loss.

Last weekend the NZ Warriors lost to the lowly Titans after looking good at halftime but having a horrible second half to lose 36-12. This weekend they made a big step in the right direction with a 12-18 away win over the Dragons.

Joseph Parker suffered his second straight defeat in a points loss to British fighter Dillian Whyte, but the promoters are looking at appealing the result after the judges appeared to miss a headbutt which resulted in a knockdown and change in fortunes for Parker.

Danny Lee had his best finish of the season in a tie for sixth at the PGA Canadian Open.

Hayden Paddon finished fourth in the Rally of Finland last weekend.

NZ News

Australia is certainly keen on exporting their criminals. This week though, they had to back down after trying to send one to New Zealand. The crim was born in New Zealand but only because his pregnant mother became ill while on a trip to NZ.

Macleans College (NZ's fourth biggest school) have joined a growing number of schools who are abandoning NCEA Level 1 after being scared off by the government's proposed reforms.

The government seems to be ignoring a massive drop in business confidence, labeling it as "junk" and "bias", as an ANZ survey shows confidence at it's lowest levels since mid-2008 - during the GFC. They are saying they are "expanding beyond the traditional narrow measures of economic success" and have planned to create a new list of 100 environmental, social and economic indicators. In other words, despite their election promises, they are all about the Spin.
NZEI announced this week that Primary school teachers had voted to strike for a full day the week after next. 
The reign of Winston Peters (as acting Prime Minister) is over for now with Jacinda Ardern returning to the role. Winston showed his class on the final day when Speaker Trevor Mallard was warning Gerry Brownlee after a robust debate and Winston was heard to say "throw fatty out". All class.

The Insurance Council has slammed the government after they set up a new tribunal to settle Canterbury claims quicker. The problem they claim is that it is one-sided with only policyholders able to bring cases, and not insurers.

I noted last week about the government's issues with treaty claims, and this week it escalated with clashes outside parliament as Ngai Te Rangi representatives protested the Pare Hauraki settlement. 

The Numbers Game

4.3: % unemployment in Hawkes Bay after drops, with more jobs announced
5: of 11 major storms in NZ since 2000 have hit Northland meaning it has one of the highest proportions of people affected by weather disasters
40: NZ firefighters are heading to California to help battle the 15 deadly wildfires
3,000: PSA workers at IRD went on strike this week 

Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5189 (+0.0010)
EUR 0.5831 (+0.0003)
USD 0.6747 (-0.0045)
AUD 0.9117 (-0.0053)

The Weekender NZer of the week

John Britten
design of speed

BJ beside the Britten at Te Papa last month.



Joke of the Weekender

Did you hear about the semi-colon that broke the law? He was given two consecutive sentences.


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