The Weekender 01/09/2018

Welcome to spring! Today was a great spring day - a lovely day for a family ride. 


Following up on the rugby last weekend, even after a week, it was still a great game by Beauden Barrett. But anyway, the Puma's also had a good game, building on a solid showing their first-up loss to the Springboks. This time the Puma's had the home advantage and made the most of it beating the Springboks 32-19 denting the Boks plan.

Shane van Gisbergen continued his run of form with another win, making inroads to Scott McLaughlin's series lead.
Scott Dixon finished with a third in the latest IndyCar round and has a lead of 26 points in the championship with two races to go.

The NZ Warriors finished the NRL regular season with a gritty 20-16 win over Canberra to put the icing on the cake of Simon Mannering's 300th game - he was the first Warrior to reach the milestone.

NZ won three silvers in one hour at the Canoe Spring World Champs, followed up with a gold for Lisa Carrington winning her sixth successive K1 200m title.

Lydia Ko finished tied for eighth at the Canadian Open in Saskatchewan.

George Bennett finished fifth on stage two of the Vuelta a Espana (the Spanish cycling tour), and then improved four places to be 13th overall after stage four.

Netball NZ announced this week their new coach Noeline Taurua.

Tom Walsh won the shotput Diamond League final in Zurich winning $75,000. 

NZ News

Immigration NZ was forced to stop deporting all except the riskiest immigrants after they blew the budget and ran out of money earlier this year.

The government has had a rough week with PM Jacinda Ardern refusing to release the Austen report into the allegations of sexual assault at the Young Labour summer camp. The government seems to be trying their hardest to be less and less open. One of the victims spoke up slamming the lack of transparency and even former PM Helen Clark weighed in saying she would have done things differently.
This week has had pressure over the Clare Curran incident after she only got a slap on the wrist for her second serious offence but during the week MP Meka Whaitiri was stood down while there is an investigation into an alleged altercation with a staff member. It came to light that her office has had a high staff turnover in the last 10 months and she is considered difficult to work with.
This week on Tuesday the Prime Minister announced a proposal aiming to improve business confidence. It was a new group to advise her and the champion for small business was announced as Air New Zealand Chairman Christopher Luxon - not quite the "small" business champion that many had hoped for. And then ANZ released a business outlook saying that business confidence fell a further 5 points in August. So the government continues to claim there is no problem (ignoring the facts) - and if there is they can fix it with a working group. 

The Numbers Game

6: died and 13 injured on the roads in 32 hours
62: years after he died, SAS soldier Adrian Raymond Thomas has been brought back to NZ from Malaysia
430: homeowners are being forced to reapply after the Auckland Council mucked up their consents
2,300: firearm-related offences recorded by the police in the last five and a half years
16b: $ transport package unveiled by Transport Minister Phil Twyford, including $4b for road safety 

Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5105 (-0.0097)
EUR 0.5694 (-0.0050)
USD 0.6617 (-0.0065)
AUD 0.9202 (+0.0080) 

The Weekender NZer of the week

Robert Burchfield
Dr Robert Burchfield was a world-renowned scholar. Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “the greatest living lexicographer”, he played a crucial role in the study of the sources and development of the English language.
Born in Wanganui, New Zealand, in 1923, he was educated at Victoria University College, Wellington and then at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. At Magdalen College, Oxford, he studied under C.S Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Burchfield was enthralled:
“There I was … talking to world-famous people. And I had the privilege of just talking to them, hearing their reaction to what I was saying. I knew I had arrived in some sort of paradise.”

Joke of the Weekender

I woke up this morning and forgot which side the sun rises from, then it dawned on me.


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