The Weekender 06/04/2019

Welcome along, we were told this weekend would be cold and wet all across NZ, but we had quite a nice day. 


Last weekend the Chiefs had a last gasp 27-30 win over the Jaguares with a last minute try. This weekend Ardie Savea scored two long-range tries to help the Hurricanes beat the Highlanders 31-28. The Brumbies had their best 40 minutes of rugby for a while to be leading the Crusaders 0-7 at the break, but that was as good as it got as the Crusader ran out to a 36-14 win.
Aaron Smith has re-signed with NZ Rugby until 2021, and Israel Dagg is retiring with his knee injury not coming right. He is 30 years old and played 66 tests with the All Blacks and 89 games for the Crusaders.
The Hong Kong Seven's has started and the All Black Sevens started well with a 40-19 win over Australia and a 36-0 win over Kenya.

Last weekend the Warriors were thrashed 46-12 by Manly, but this weekend they bounced back to beat the Titans 26-10.

The Wellington Phoenix have continued their great run beating Newcastle 4-1.

Mahe Drysdale's dream of a third straight Olympic single scull appears to be over, but the 40-year old is joining Hamish Bond in the eights, so that will be interesting.

Scott McLaughlin defied the odds and sickness to win at Symmonds Plains for his sixth win out of seven.

NZ News

Business owners along the route of the new Auckland $3.4b City Rail Link are on the edge of financial ruin as well as having to deal with a heavy personal toll. There is disruption from dust, deafening noise and road closures which have been going on for two years and will drag on until the end of next year. There wasn't anything in the $3.4b for compensation and none has been paid. The Auckland Mayor and the Transport Minister both looked to the ground or the sky and mumbled that it was someone else's fault.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had 24 hours in China in an attempt to patch things up. It seems it might have been successful but well overhyped, and digging deeper shows things aren't as rosy as the government might suggest.

Winston Peters (verbally) attacked an Australian politician this week. To be fair that particular Aussie politician is an idiot, but the funny part was that the Aussie talked about how he agreed with comments that Winston Peters had made a few years ago - you know, back when he was anti-immigration.

The Thames Council has voted against signing a pact to do more on climate change. Students have been protesting but I recently read an interesting point of view that this generation is the worst ever as far as wasting resources go, being driven to school, requiring air conditioning, it went on and on. 

The Numbers Game

1.9: % of Year 10 students smoke on a daily basis (survey of 29,000) - down from 15.2% from 20 years ago, 81% haven't smoked at all
24: people killed on the roads last week - the worst week for sixteen years
77: % of people infected with measles in the latest outbreak have not been vaccinated
90.2: % of submissions on the End of Life Choice bill have been against the proposal
25,000: people got the Winter Energy Payment by accident costing taxpayers $3.4m
50.9m: $ of speeding tickets were issued to Aucklanders last year, out of $110m for all of NZ - Auckland is 33% of NZ's population
55m: $ trade training school to be built at Manukau Institute of Technology
300m: $ the new expected cost of a gun buyback programme - up $100m from the previous estimate - the Mongrel Mob have said they aren't handing in any guns
2.7-6.8b: $ the expected cost of implementing the Capital Gains Tax according to Business NZ calculations

Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5165 (-0.0050)
EUR 0.5995 (-0.0061)
USD 0.6734 (-0.0068)
AUD 0.9475 (-0.0124)

The Weekender NZer of the week

Sean Fitzpatrick
design of captaincy

Joke of the Weekender

We get it, poets: Things are like other things.


Darren Harrison:
The Weekender: mailed weekly (Sunday nightish)
{If these just fill up your junk mail, then send me an email & I'll take you off the list | The Weekender is not a verified news source, sometimes it's even just an opinion}