The Weekender 29/09/2018

Welcome along, the weather here continues to be up and down. There have been recent snow storms down south but some beautiful days. Don't forget if you are contacting people in NZ, that tonight we switch to daylight savings time - spring forward 1 hour. 


The All Blacks take on the Pumas at home around 11:30 am Sunday morning. The Pumas are playing well but I suspect the All Blacks will want to bounce back from the loss to South Africa and tie up the Rugby Championship title. We all know the All Blacks don't like losing, but in general, I haven't heard anything negative about the All Blacks loss the other weekend. Most comments have been that it was good for the game.
Tony Brown has been confirmed as the coach for the Sunwolves after Jamie Joseph stepped down to focus on the Japanese national team.
In the NPC Auckland had won six in a row but were upset by Championship low-flyers Otago 31-26 last night. Waikato has so far continued to retain the Ranfurly Shield with a challenge by Southland this afternoon where Waikato won 42-11.

The Silver Ferns may have lost 60-55 to Australia but they had a good game and showed they are getting back on track.

The NZ Under-16 men's football team have defended their OFC title beating the Solomon Islands 5-4 in a shoot-out.

Cyclist Patrick Bevan picked up a bronze as part of the American BMC racing team who finished third at the men's team time trial at the World Road Champs in Austria. He then picked up eighth in the men's individual time trial.

Warriors captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has become the first Warrior and the third Kiwi to win the Dally M medal.
The NRL proved they have double standards when they allowed legend Billy Slater to play in Sunday's NRL Grand Final after he did a blatant shoulder charge in the previous game. I think the results would have been different had it been a Warriors player doing the same thing.

Former Black Cap Jeetan Patel has led his English county side Warwickshire to the division two championship title.

NZ News

Government officials announced this week that their estimated cost to NZ of banning new offshore oil and gas exploration will be $7.9b. The opposition has labelled it an economic wrecking ball through regional New Zealand.
The opposition hasn't held back as Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters takes over again with Jacinda Ardern in New York for the week, but Winston Peters has conveniently forgotten details after National questioned who invited him to the celebration of under-fire Police Deputy Commissioner Wally Haumaha last year. I think the basic idea is that he's dodgy and he got the job because of a connection to NZ First and perhaps even as part of the secret coalition agreement, and National are trying to confirm the links. But it's a bit hard to get past an "I have no recollection of the events" defence. Peters also provided phone details to show he didn't make calls that had been suggested - but the official channels to get the lists of calls hadn't been used, so something seriously dodgy went on there.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has had to insist that she didn't mislead parliament over contact with Derek Handley, while Grant Robertson was forced to correct an answer he gave in parliament when he was given advice from Clare Curran which didn't fully disclose her email exchanges with Handley. Now the government has released a large bunch of documents related to the failed appointment and it clearly shows that the Prime Minister and her staff were more closely involved in the appointment than they've ever admitted. We've also found there were "What's App" messages which the government seems to have tried to hide. One point of correction was that Derek Handley had already planned to move his family back to NZ, so it wasn't just for the job.
The electoral freedom in NZ might be taking a hit in the next release of the index after the organisation in charge of it noted that the government's so-called "Waka jumping bill" would be a negative if it was adopted. Later on, in the week, it was.

Primary Teachers and Principals have rejected the government's latest offer of settlement after a secret online ballot.

The mass illness at schools in Carterton last week, was most likely caused by nearby compost. 

The Numbers Game

2.40: $/L for petrol in some places as Auckland regional petrol tax and other increases start to hit
30: kph speed limit is being proposed for Auckland CBD
300: m (snow down to) this week in the South Island
518: people murdered in NZ over the last 11 years - with the rate dropping
29,000: $ from a new speed camera at a Bay of Plenty hot spot in its first month of operation
320,000: $ live savings lost by a Canterbury person through an online bitcoin/cryptocurrencies scam
1.6m: $ spent by the government on the two-day Criminal Justice Summit and it seems to be climbing - almost $1m spent on consultants alone
2.6m: $ in fines from the countries most 'productive' speed camera in Northland - if only there was a way that people could avoid getting caught!

Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5080 (-0.0033)
EUR 0.5695 (+0.0014)
USD 0.6619 (-0.0068)
AUD 0.9162 (-0.0012)

The Weekender NZer of the week

Kyle Mulinder was out kayaking off the coast of Kaikoura and really was just in the right/wrong place at the right/wrong time when a seal popped up, with an octopus and slapped him in the face with it. Hilarious. 

Joke of the Weekender

Don’t you hate it when someone answers their own questions? I do.


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