The Weekender 27/04/2019

Welcome along, next weekend I'll take a break as the family is having a holiday over to Great Barrier Island, it should be fun.


The Black Fern Sevens had some trouble in the Japanese leg after they let their winning record slip with a draw against Russia and then lost to France for the first time in the Seven's series.
Last weekend in Super Rugby, the Highlanders got their third win of the season beating the Blues 24-12, while in South Africa the Brumbies beat the Stormers 19-17.
This weekend, former Chief Sevu Reece got two tries to help the Crusaders to a 36-10 win over the Lions in a replay of last year's final, while the Highlanders hit top gear thrashing the Sunwolves 0-52 with a dominant forwards performance.

The Warriors have had a bad couple of weeks. Last weekend they were beaten 17-10 by North Queensland, and this weekend for the ANZAC day match against Melbourne Storm, they put up and amazing fight and were leading near the end until the Storm were given a penalty despite a knock-on to level the score and then they got a miracle drop goal to win the game 13-12. The Storm are a great side, and it doesn't hurt that they get more than their fair share of 50-50 calls.

In the World Cup Series sailing regatta in Genoa, Paul Snow-Hansen and Dan Wilcox won the 470 medal race to complete the triple with Isaac McHardie and William McKenzie taking silver and Peter Burling and Blair Tuke getting the bronze in the 49ers.

Last weekend Roy Krishna had a record-breaking hat-trick to give the Wellington Phoenix a late 3-2 win over Melbourne City. The Phoenix have missed out on a home semi but I think are pretty safe to make the playoffs.

Four White Ferns have been selected to play in the Women's Twenty20 Cricket Challenge in India next month, alongside the men's IPL finals.

NZ News

The story of the week was without a doubt the helicopter crash near the Auckland Islands. A Southern Lakes helicopter and it's three crew were tasked with flying to the Auckland Islands (half way to Antarctica). They were to stay on the island for the night while bad weather passed, and then pluck a man needing medical attention, off a fishing boat and take him back to Invercargill. Nothing about that sounds simple but things went worse when two minutes out from landing on the island the helicopter went radio-silent. Southern Lakes prepared for the worst and rolled a rescue operation into gear. The four helicopters didn't find anything and then the bad weather rolled in. The next day a fishing vessel discovered helicopter wreckage off the coast of the island. But a little later a helicopter found the three walking along the beach. I guess everyone on those sorts of flights always have full emersion swimming suits on, but those three did. One got briefly knocked unconscious during the crash, but he was pulled free and the three of them swam in complete darkness and freezing water to the island where they were found. Wow.

The information coming out of Sri Lanka is confusing but the attack which killed 253 was known about 10 days before and apparently referenced as retaliation for the Christchurch attack. There was also media reports of an alleged terror plot to attack the Gallipoli ANZAC service in response to Christchurch.
This week Prince William paid a visit to Christchurch to meet some of those affected by the attack, and he also attended an ANZAC day ceremony.

A story has come out this week that the Australian military is rejecting ex-pat Kiwis on the grounds that they could pose a security threat. A 2001 law change saw Australia remove access to permanent residency - which is a legal requirement for joining the military.

The Numbers Game

1: # most trusted brand in Australia is ... Air New Zealand
3: people died on the roads over Easter, four fewer than 2018 but still three too many
4.8: Richter scale earthquake hit the lower North Island with a short and sharp jolt

Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5158 (+0.0013)
EUR 0.5968 (+0.0023)
USD 0.6663 (-0.0024)
AUD 0.9467 (+0.0124)

The Weekender NZer of the week

Sir Keith Park
The Kiwi who saved the world.
I've always been a big fan of Sir Keith, but this week I saw an interesting dramatised documentary on his exploits.
Read about him below.
Also, today he is being honoured in his home town of Thames with a bronze statue, I'll have to go for a look one day.

Joke of the Weekender

A Canadian psychologist is 
selling a video that teaches you how to test your dog’s IQ. Here’s how it works: If you spend $12.99 for the video, your dog 
is smarter than you.


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