The Weekender 24/11/2018

Hello, we've had some great weather this week, but down South has been almost winter-like and rain finally hit us today. 


So last weekend Ireland beat the All Blacks 16-9 after the All Blacks were held try-less for the first time in more than four years. That certainly makes things interesting for next year's World Cup, who knows what will happen - the top four teams are certainly all pretty close.
It wasn't just the men, with the Black Ferns having a surprise loss to France 30-27.

The Black Caps were all but written off before the final day of their first Test cricket match of the season. Pakistan needed just 176 from their second innings and needed 41 runs with six wickets in hand. But then NZ debutant Ajaz Patel stepped up and got five wickets for 59, with Pakistan bowled out for 171, for the closest test result in 13 years.
The White Ferns finished their dead-rubber Twenty20 cricket world cup match against Guyana with an eight-wicket win.

Hayden Paddon has had his best result of the season claiming a second in Rally Australia last weekend.

The NZ Breakers haven't had a great week. Last weekend they were well beaten 100-87 by the Sydney Kings, then they were beaten 108-101 by Melbourne United in Invercargill. The coach Kevin Braswell was fined $500 for comments about a lop-sided penalty count against the Breakers. And then the Breakers lost 98-93 to the Perth Wildcats in overtime and Braswell again made comments when his team had a 35-18 foul count against them and Perth made 43 trips to the free throw line.

The Football Ferns have beaten Tonga 11-0 at the OFC Women's Nations Cup in New Caledonia. They then beat Cook Islands 6-0 to secure a semi-final.

NZ News

Auckland Transport has been caught out with their business case for cycle-ways. A week ago there were reports that the forecasts for the cycleways were well over the numbers using them. But AT's reply was that the estimates were for 2026. Well, this week they have admitted that the numbers were actually for 2016. It seems they purposely overestimated the numbers, so they could get more funding from the government. Dodgy as.

NZers are now more concerned about housing, petrol prices and living costs than they are about healthcare or poverty.

There have been more questions about the government's KiwiBuild this week after it came to light that Labour under-costed the plan by $18 billion. The cost was estimated at $2 billion, but a PwC report claimed the $2 billion would only build 1,000 homes a year, not the planned 10,000.

The road deaths aren't slowing down with four motorcyclists killed in three separate accidents last weekend, and six people died from eight major crashes. There were two more in a crash near Foxton and some in the South Island building to twelve people in five days. 

The Numbers Game

2: cars have been driven into Rotorua's Blue Lake this week
30: $ more per week on average for renting compared to last year, National is blaming Government policies
30: % increase in house prices in Hamilton with the latest property valuations out
4,000: $ raised by selling Sam Cane's All Black jersey, raising funds for cancer treatment for a Napier woman
16,000: customers in Taupo without power
41,700: students have signed up for fees-free study, costing the Government $236m but total numbers of students have dropped
10m: $ committed by Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters to prevent the spread of polio in PNG
20m: $ promised by the Government for a new health centre in Westport

Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5292 (-0.0066)
EUR 0.5982 (-0.0041)
USD 0.6785 (-0.0094)
AUD 0.9375 (-0.0008)

The Weekender NZer of the week

Russell Coutts
design of match-racing

Joke of the Weekender

My friend and I often laugh about how competitive we are. But I laugh more.


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