The Weekender 10/11/2018

We've had some good weather up here but down on the West Coast it's been much worse with roads closed and one woman swept to her death in a flooded river. In general, through NZ, we've had high humidity, lots of rain and high temperatures. 


The All Blacks had a number of players head straight to England to acclimatise, but the players they left behind in Japan still beat Japan 69-31. It was good to see a good performance from Richie Mo'unga and a return of Dane Coles, while George Bridge scored with his first touch of the ball.
The big game against England is overnight tonight.
The Black Ferns crushed USA 67-6 in Chicago last weekend and had a scrappy 14-0 win over France.

England took heart from two wins in league and rugby last weekend but both were close games with dodgy ref calls. In rugby, England beat South Africa 12-11 after the ref ignored a no-arms illegal tackle from Owen Farrell which would have given South Africa a kickable penalty. In the league against the Kiwis, England wrapped up the series with a 20-14 win, while England's George Burgess clearly and purposely did an eye-gouge on Kiwis captain Dallin Watene-Zelezniak. The ref should have given out a red card, which would have changed the game. The ref and the video ref both checked it and negligently ignored it - proven after Burgess was later given a four-match ban.

The NZ Breakers have beaten the Cairns Taipans 104-81 in Auckland last night, but have two games this weekend so need a quick turnaround.

The Wellington Phoenix were beaten 2-0 by Melbourne City last night.

The White Ferns were beaten by India in their opener for the Twenty20 World Cup by 34 runs. 
The Black Caps won their first ODI against Pakistan by 47 runs. The Black Caps wobbled early but were steadied by a 130-run fourth wicket partnership between Ross Taylor and Tom Latham to reach 266-9. But Pakistan never recovered from a Trent Boult hat-trick in his second over.
And then Pakistan levelled the ODI series against the Black Caps. We could only manage 209 and Pakistan cruised to the win in 41 overs.

Scott McLaughlin has restored his narrow lead at the top of the Aussie V8's championship after a win at Pukekohe last weekend with one race to go in the season. Fellow Kiwi Shane van Gisbergen had beaten him in the first race to close the gap.

Kiwi MMA star Israel Adesanya had a record-breaking fourth win with a first-round TKO last weekend.

NZ News

This government hasn't learned their lessons about attacking business. The Prime Minister kicked things off by delivering a stern warning to the banking sector saying they need to "lift their game" (to avoid regulation) and now Shane Jones is saying he wants the banking sector to pay a levy of $100m a year for their "extravagantly privileged position". The banks have probably already started secretly charging us extra, to pay for this levy in case it ever comes in - thanks government.

The bad news for the government on immigration continued this week - well granting residency to convicted drug-smuggler Sroubek. And interspersed with the bad news, the Prime Minister continued her inability to make hard calls, saying she doesn't blame officials or Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters partly stayed on the script by not blaming the minister but suggested the blame lies with the Immigration NZ officials.
Things got worse later in the week when Iain Lees-Galloway said he made the decision within about an hour and didn't even read the whole case file. The Prime Minister said she "still" has confidence in the Minister. 

The Numbers Game

45: % average increase over three years for Wellington properties
1,100: midwives have voted to strike after rejecting the DHB's pay offer
115,000: ha pest-free Banks Peninsula agreement
7.1m: $ extra for Bay of Islands hospital 

Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5195 (+0.0067)
EUR 0.5945 (+0.0100)
USD 0.6739 (+0.0082)
AUD 0.9323 (+0.0089)

The Weekender NZer of the week

Gus Hutt
A fisherman who pulled a baby from the ocean at Matata Beach says it wasn't the baby's time to go.
"As he floated past I thought he was just a doll," said Gus Hutt.
"So, I reached out and grabbed him by the arm; even then I still thought it was just a doll.
His face looked just like porcelain with his short hair wetted down, but then and he let out a little squeak and I thought 'this is a baby and it's alive'."

Joke of the Weekender

Some people just have a way with words, and other people … oh … not have way.
Steve Martin


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