The Weekender 11/05/2019

Welcome back. We had an awesome time out at Great Barrier Island, staying at Orama for a lovely break.


So Super Rugby didn't wait for our holiday! Three weeks ago the influential All Black trio helped the Hurricanes to a 47-19 win over the Chiefs.
Last weekend the Blues couldn't quite do it against the Brumbies, beaten 26-21, and the Chiefs stole a last-minute 31-31 draw against the Highlanders. Ben Smith injured his knee and that might be the last time he plays for the Highlanders. The Hurricanes beat the Melbourne Rebels 29-19 and the Crusaders didn't play too well but scored after the final hooter to draw 21-21 with the Sharks.
Last night Richie Mo'unga stared as Sevu Reece scored a hat-trick as the Crusaders beat the Bulls 13-45 and the Hurricanes beat the Blues 12-22.
Sam Whitelock has re-signed with NZ Rugby until 2023, but he will take the option of a sabbatical. Waisake Naholo will be leaving NZ rugby at the end of the year to join English club London Irish.

The NRL admitted that the ref cost the Warriors the game in the ANZAC Day 13-12 loss to the Melbourne Storm. That didn't help the following week as the Warriors were beaten 36-18 by the Newcastle Knights. But they did get some good news during the week with Kiwis halfback Kodi Nikorima announcing that he was leaving Brisbane to join the Warriors immediately, in a huge signing for the Warriors.

Brendon Hartley continues to remain busy after F1, with news that he is replacing Fernando Alonso at the Toyota World Endurance Championship.
Scott McLaughlin added another win in the Aussie V8's, this time under lights in Perth.

NZ News

News about the shoddy mess that KiwiBuild is, continues to surface. Two weeks ago it was the Minister of Housing, Phil Twyford telling everyone he was "surprised" to learn that officials were carrying out KiwiBuild assessments verbally. If he didn't know about it, then he certainly isn't responsible for the mess ... right?

The government is underplaying their plans for decriminalising drugs, in fact, they aren't even referring to that as being what they are doing - but they are. They are pushing through the Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill making drugs a health issue rather than a criminal issue. The bill even goes so far as to block the Police from prosecuting unless "it is in the public interest" to do so.
It's staggering to me, given the clear and obvious issues. Let's just take the road toll which continues to rise. The Waikato Police recently advertised the causes of fatal road accidents. Alcohol was 22% and Drugs 24%. Even with some of those being both a factor in a single accident, that is a sizable chunk of our road deaths caused by both of those drugs - and they want to relax the rules?
National leaked the options that the government is using for the referendum, saying that there are huge gaps in the options. They point out that the Cabinet paper clearly says smoking marijuana is detrimental for the development of under 25-year-olds, but they are recommending a legal age of 20 with no explanation.

The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford have announced their engagement.

Health Minister David Clark has sacked the board of the Waikato DHB and appointed a commissioner.

The Numbers Game

1: # most trusted politician by Australian's, is NZ's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
8: Queensland fruit flies found in Auckland over the past three and a half months
10: years since the legendary "always blow on the pie" video was filmed - the classic Kiwi cop's stalling tactic
11: guns were taken from a police station after they left the door open, they were quickly recovered and a man arrested
18: months after the Census, Stats NZ will finally begin releasing the data, the government has promised $6m to "fix" the bungled Census
150: dead on our roads this year, up from 137 at this time last year, and sixteen people died on Taupo roads in 34 days
4,958: people were admitted to hospitals because of dog bites between 2004 and 2014, jumping from 8.3 per 100,000 in the 1990s to 11.3, and above 12 in the last two years
1m: $ spent by the Corrections Department to buy 193 slushy machines for the prison guards, people are rightly upset at the total cost, but did anyone note that is $7,300 each!
2b: $ cost for a school reform according to a group of Principals opposed to the changes

Finance NZ Dollar

Since 27/04/2019 (14 days ago).
GBP 0.5074 (-0.0084)
EUR 0.5869 (-0.0100)
USD 0.6594 (-0.0069)
AUD 0.9419 (-0.0048)

The Weekender NZer of the week

Lawrence Mabey
One of the greatest air gunners of the war - according to the American Guinness Book Of Records.
If you don't know the stories of Lou Mabey then this article makes for some good reading.

Joke of the Weekender

Here’s some advice: At a job interview, tell them you’re willing to give 110 percent. Unless the job is a statistician.

Darren Harrison:
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