The Weekender 27/10/2018

Welcome along, we've had some lovely spring weather this week but the rain has come back right now. 


Last night the mighty Waikato bounced back into the Premiership after only a year in the Championship after they got revenge for losing the shield by beating Otago 36-13. In the Premiership final, Canterbury had won nine of the last 10 titles but were beaten in an extra-time thriller 40-33 by Auckland who won their first title since 2007.
The All Blacks are taking on Australia in Japan in the final dead-rubber Bledisloe Cup game tonight and the All Black lead 37-20 with only a minute or two to go.

The Black Ferns Sevens beat the USA 33-7 to win the opening leg at the Colorado Sevens.
Joe Moody has re-signed with NZ Rugby and the Crusaders through to 2022. Ben Smith has reportedly signed a short seven month deal with Pau in France.

Last weekend in league Australia withstood a great challenge from Tonga in Auckland, winning 30-14.

The NZ Breakers were thumped 101-78 by the Sydney Kings last weekend.

The Wellington Phoenix got off to a good start in the Australian football league with a 2-1 over the Newcastle Jets.

Eddie Dawkins got silver in the men's keirin at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Paris.

Lydia Ko has been doing well at golf's LPGA in Shanghai producing a great round to jump up to a tie for second.

NZ News

The Primary School teachers have voted for rolling strikes across the country in the week starting 12th November.

There was a story recently about how the NZ Taxpayers Union (a group trying to stop wasteful spending in local government and all government), had to resort to using bogus identities when requesting information from the government-funded Callaghan Innovation organisation because they had been stonewalling their official information requests. Well, the stories were mostly around how it was terrible they were using bogus identities - while I thought the stories should be around why they had been stonewalled with requests covered by the Official Information Act. So this week an inquiry has been launched into the OIA requests by Callaghan Innovation. Great news.

After a terrible week of news for National last week, the stories have mostly dropped off this week, although rogue MP Jami-Lee Ross was picked up by the police and taken to a mental health facility during the week. The polls responded but only barely with a drop of 2% for National, but National leader Simon Bridges dropped again.

Former ANZ Chief economist Cameron Bagrie has urged the government to give small business a tax cut as the government continues to increase costs.
The socialists amongst us (ahem Jacinda) must be revelling in the news that NZ's education system is becoming more equal - unfortunately, it's because the well-off families have slipped more than poorer students. But they won't let the truth get in the way of spin.
Then during the week, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern seemed to randomly announce that regional fuel taxes wouldn't be allowed anywhere except Auckland. It was a huge shock for Hamilton and Wellington councils who had already applied, and regional development MP Shane Jones who seemed surprised. National claimed Labour was making up policy on the fly. And despite Transport Minister Phil Twyford saying not telling Jones was a "glitch", the Prime Minister continued to blame everyone else saying everyone should have known.
There was also news of another government policy backfiring in education, with Statistics NZ showing that partly because of the government's fees-free tertiary education, the highest-spending households (i.e. the richest) had the lowest level of inflation. Or as ACT Leader David Seymour said: "the data showed the policy primarily benefited those who didn't need government assistance."

The Numbers Game

1: # most beautiful large NZ town award for Taupo
1: # most beautiful NZ city award for Dunedin at the 2018 environmental awards
3: of the Black Ferns team have been nominated for World Rugby Women's Sevens Player of the Year - all of the nominations
4.4: Richter scale earthquake shook Seddon in the South Island
5: deaths on the road during Labour Weekend

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The Weekender NZer of the week

Leslie Comrie
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Joke of the Weekender

If I got 50 cents for every failed maths exam, I’d have $ 6.30 now.


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