The Weekender 11/08/2018

Hello, it's looking like a great weekend for weather - although it's packing in for work on Monday.


With Super Rugby finished and the Rugby Championship still on its way, the news this week was around England coach Eddie Jones who wants former All Black coach John Mitchell to join his coaching staff.

The Warriors took another step towards finals with a 20-4 win over Newcastle last night.

Shane van Gisbergen claimed a thrilling win at Winton under lights in the Aussie V8's cutting Scott McLaughlin's lead in the championship.

George Bennett has finished third on the latest stage of the Tour of Poland.

NZ News

One thing I missed the other week was the bill signed by American President Trump which has been called "The KIWI Act" which makes it easier for Americans and Kiwis to invest and trade. Standing right beside President Trump for the photo opportunity was, of course, Kiwi Chris Liddell, Trump's Deputy Chief of Staff.

An Australian who was rescued from Mt Aspiring last week was also rescued in a major helicopter mission in 2013. Comments from other climbers have indicated he doesn't really know what he is doing - but he keeps on doing it.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern welcomed the nurses' signoff on their pay deal, but many nurses questioned the entire voting process and aren't happy with a very similar deal as last time even though the Nurses Organisation released the voting totals.
The Prime Minister also had the answer for dropping business confidence - she simply brushed it off, pushing back against suggestions there is a crisis of confidence. She said one survey does not reflect a true picture (don't tell her there have been more!).
The government announced this week that single-use plastic bags would be banned by July 2019.

There has been a lot of talk of free speech vs hate speech in the last few weeks, kicked off by a couple of right-leaning Canadians who were first blocked by Auckland's Mayor Phill Goff and then their second venue cancelled on the day of the event (I think after a bomb threat from a left-wing person). Then former National leader Don Brash had his talk at Massey University cancelled - against because of threats of violence from left-leaning people. Many have attacked the University for not standing up for free speech. Auckland University hosted a free speech debate with Don Brash which was packed out and had vocal opposition for both sides of the debate. As with many places, the left support free speech as long as you believe what they do - otherwise, watch out! 

The Numbers Game

45: % support for National, unchanged, Labour down one to 42%, Greens and NZ First both up 1 to 6% & 5% respectively
50: more firefighters heading to Canada to help with wildfires
60: mm of rain in 12 hours at Arthurs Pass the other night
65: stock stolen from a West Otago farm - worth about $130,000

Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5154 (-0.0035)
EUR 0.5762 (-0.0069)
USD 0.6581 (-0.0166)
AUD 0.9012 (-0.0105)

The Weekender NZer of the week

Thomas Brydone - design of export
New Zealand has long been heralded, mythologised (and of late, analysed) as a country that ‘rode to fortune on the sheep’s back’. The $4 billion+ export food industry of today might never have happened were it not for the innovation and wisdom shown by a group of legendary settlers of the 1880’s led by William Davidson and Thomas Brydone.

Joke of the Weekender

Correct punctuation: the difference between a sentence that’s well-written and a sentence that’s, well, written.


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