The Weekender 30/03/2019

Autumn is definitely on us, but today was still warm enough for the kids to want to bounce on the trampoline with the sprinkler underneath. 


Last weekend in Super Rugby the Chiefs won their first game in style, beating the Bulls 56-20 in Pretoria, and the Hurricanes came from behind to beat the Stormers 34-28. The Crusaders still seemed a little shell-shocked from recent events and were beaten 20-12 by the Waratahs.
This weekend in the Super Rugby clash of the round, the Crusaders easily beat the Hurricanes 32-8. Captain Kieran Read was playing his first game of the season but was forced off halfway through the match with a right leg injury. Last night the Waratahs were humiliated 31-29 by the Sunwolves at home.

Last weekend the Warriors dropped off the top of the table (!) with a 34-6 thrashing by the Wests Tigers led by Benji Marshall.

In not-quite-sports-news Dame Valerie Adams has given birth to her second child, a boy named Kepaleli.

NZ News

In news relating to the Christchurch attacks, Facebook has announced new measures to stop live video being used like it was that day. They removed millions of copies of the video as events unfolded but many claimed it wasn't enough. They are looking at limiting who can actually use Facebook Live and also investing in building better technology to quickly identify violent videos.

Winston Peters was responsible for the biggest muck up this week. The Turkish President was looking to boost his profile and played footage of the Christchurch attacks at his political rallies, claiming that NZers had attacked Muslims. He even went so far as to warn New Zealanders heading to Gallipoli that they would return in coffins like their grandfathers. So in Australia, the Turkish ambassador was hauled over the coals demanding an apology etc. but it seemed like New Zealand was going to do more. PM Jacinda Ardern had some strongly worded talk (with reporters) saying Winston Peters was going to Turkey to do roughly the same but in person. But instead, Winston Peters didn't even talk to the Turkish President and seemed to fall asleep in the meeting of top Islamic leaders (with photos!). Back home again and Jacinda Ardern completely backed down saying he had done what he went to do, and Winston said he was in a state of "deep contemplation". Oh is that what he calls it. Regardless, they obviously don't care what Peters said because after Peters had left Turkey the President was again showing the video.

The West Coast had been warned of up to half a metre of rain during the week, but it was worse, with Cropp Waterfall recording 1086mm of rain in 48 hours. A bridge has been left in ruins and a 66-year-old woman died after she got out of her car and tried to cross flood waters on foot. Westland declared a state of emergency.

Serial rapist Malcolm Rewa was jailed for life for the 1992 murder of Susan Burdett. The case has spanned 27 years and five trials and saw the innocent Teina Pora jailed for the murder for 22 years, based on a false confession. 

The Numbers Game

27: parliamentary staff have resigned since the end of last year costing taxpayers around $250,000 after a restructure
48: % of Auckland suburbs now have a median price of above $1m, up more than three times from five years ago
3,127: staff being inducted since work began in spring 2015 on the Huntly section of the Expressway
1.9 million: work hours spent on the Huntly Expressway
4.4 million: cubic metres of earth shifted for the Huntly Expressway

Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5215 (+0.0008)
EUR 0.6056 (-0.0020)
USD 0.6802 (-0.0076)
AUD 0.9599 (-0.0113)

The Weekender NZer of the week

Finn Brothers
design of anthems
The brothers began making music together at a young age; later, when Neil was 18, he was invited to join older brother Tim in Split Enz. Neil would go on to write one of the band's biggest hits, "I Got You". Tim released his first solo album Escapade before leaving Split Enz, and the band folded soon after. Neil started his own group, Crowded House and subsequently recorded two solo albums after Crowded House split in 1996. He reformed Crowded House in 2007 and two albums have so far followed, with another solo album due in 2014.

Joke of the Weekender

If people say they just love the smell of books, I always want to pull them aside and ask, To be clear, do you know how reading works?


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