The Weekender 03/11/2018

Welcome to November! Fireworks are on sale around the place, building up to Monday night! 


The Black Caps fell to a two-run defeat in their first Twenty20 match against Pakistan, then in the second Twenty20 NZ posted 153-7 and Pakistan hauled in the total with two balls to spare (and six wickets).

The Silver Ferns have won the Fast5 Netball World Series title in Melbourne for the seventh time.

Lydia Ko finished in a tie for sixth at the Swinging Skirts LPGA tournament in Taiwan.

The NZ Breakers had a great performance from Finn Delaney leading the Breakers to a 114-94 NBL win over the Adelaide 36ers, but up next is an away game against the Perth Wildcats.

The Kiwis Rugby league team are touring in England and they let the lead slip to lose the opening match 18-16.

NZ News

The Royals have been on tour this week with Meghan and Harry in the country. They appeared to have a great time in Wellington and Rotorua and thanked New Zealand when they left.

So a year into the government's KiwiBuild programme and this week the first houses were sold - in fact the first house went a soon-to-graduate doctor and Marketing manager. The salary cap is $180,000, and it seems more & more likely that the government is spending this huge amount of money to subsidise middle class to wealthy people.

The rest of the 14 articles I have are all about the government's huge mess about the immigration of convicted drug-smuggler Karel Sroubek - or whatever he is calling himself these days. The Czech arrived in NZ on a false passport - and a judge discharged him without conviction. Four years later he was jailed in 2016 for five years and nine months after being convicted of importing 5kg of MDMA. Apparently, he told the government that some corrupt cops were after him and Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway granted him residency rather than kicking him out of the country.
After a day of investigation, a newspaper discovered that he had gone back to the Czech Republic twice - not something that someone who was wanted would do. The government closed ranks with Winston Peters claiming it was "responsible", and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern backed her minister, while others pointed out examples where law-abiding useful people were denied the chance to stay.
Apparently, the minister is looking into it. 

The Numbers Game

3: rd most generous country in the world according to an annual giving index
6.2: Richter scale earthquake in the lower North Island - there were no reports of damage
7: NZ nominations for the World Rugby awards: Beauden Barrett, Rieko Ioane, and Black Ferns skipper Fiao'o Faamausili (along with the four Black Ferns Sevens players)
14: years of prison for synthetic drug-dealers being proposed by New Zealand First and supported by National - enough to get it through
6.5m: departure cards filled in annually in NZ will no longer be required from Monday - saving travellers 100,000 hours 

Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5128 (+0.0053)
EUR 0.5845 (+0.0145)
USD 0.6657 (+0.0145)
AUD 0.9233 (+0.0049)

The Weekender NZer of the week

Major General Sir Andrew Russell
The Kiwi forces were led by a remarkable man from Hawke's Bay whose name and memory is revered by the townspeople of Le Quesnoy.
They were in northeastern France in a small town called Le Quesnoy which had been the centre of a remarkable assault on November 4, 1918 by Kiwi troops to oust the German forces which had occupied it. A remarkable and successful assault.

Joke of the Weekender

I wrote a song about a tortilla. Well actually, it’s more of a wrap.


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