The Weekender 06/10/2018

Welcome to Bathurst weekend! With Kiwis doing well in the Aussie V8 championship I'll be keeping a close eye on the results of the Great Race tomorrow. 


in the Rugby Championship, the Wallabies failed to recover from a first-minute brain-fade by Kurtley Beale going down to the Springboks 23-12. While the All Blacks won their third straight championship when they beat the Pumas 35-17. There was an interesting write up on all the strange calls by the ref. A shoulder charge that wasn't, a double movement TMO call that was ignored and a late hit that was ignored.
The All Blacks have their final game of the championship against South Africa early tomorrow morning.
In NPC rugby Waikato thrashed Northland 71-28

The Sydney Rooster thrashed the Melbourne Storm in the NRL final last week 21-6.

Sarah Walker has had her first top-three finish in seven years after a horror run of injuries.

The NZ Breakers warmed up to their season by heading to the USA to play the Phoenix Suns and while they didn't win they certainly did themselves proud losing only 91-86.

Brendon Hartley will start from sixth on the grid of the Japanese Grand Prix - a career-best start.

NZ News

One interesting follow-up story on PM Jacinda Ardern's trip to New York was about how she hired (well we paid for it) an Ad agency to photograph and film the trip. Previously, Prime Ministers have simply had a staff take a few photos, but it seems she wanted a more professional job done - perfect for adding some spin I guess. She got elected saying she was going to do things differently - but she failed to mention it would be worse, not better. Her reply to the question was "It was cheaper and made more sense to have someone on the ground". Well, that is a load of rubbish. There is no way it would be cheaper, and it's obviously a play purely for ratings, which the taxpayer paid for. There are also questions around whether the company made a donation by charging a lower rate - something Labour hasn't been upfront about.

Labour has also had an issue this week with their coalition partner New Zealand First after deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters said that they would push for a law change to make migrants "respect New Zealand values". Labour has backed away from the idea.

And more bad news for the government with teachers voting on rolling strikes across New Zealand. The strikes will start in Auckland on Monday and 'travel' through the country ending up in Wellington on Friday. 

The Numbers Game

3.5: c/L petrol tax increase nationwide this week, hot on the heels of the new Auckland regional fuel tax
16: year high of car crash-related injuries
64: year-old Auckland activist Penny Bright died in hospital this week
1,200: St John ambulance synthetic drug-related callouts so far this year 
42,000: $ repair bill left by tenants with the landlord saying the law doesn't protect investors
160,000: $ owed by former Maori party leader Marama Fox after the collapse of her consultancy business
5m: $ donated by NZ for the quake and tsunami in Indonesia along with a Defence Force Hercules loaded with supplies

Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.4910 (-0.0170)
EUR 0.5585 (-0.0110)
USD 0.6442 (-0.0177)
AUD 0.9129 (-0.0033)

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