The Weekender 18/05/2019

The nights are getting colder, but the days are still lovely.


In Super Rugby, the Hurricanes dropped their first ever game to the Jaguares after they let them get away to an 8-21 half time lead and the Jaguares retained the lead to win 20-28. Last weekend the Highlanders hung on to just beat the Jaguares 32-27, and for the Chiefs, stand-in captain Brad Weber played his socks off as the Chiefs beat the Sharks 29-23.
Finally, in good news for the Chiefs, Sam Cane is back from his neck injury, seven months after the injury against South Africa.

The NZ Warriors backed up last weekend's win with a win this weekend over the Penrith Panthers10-30. It was a good game for new signing Kodi Nikorima. Last weekend the Warriors beat the Dragons 18-26.

In Football's A-League, Phoenix player Roy Krishna was named the Best Player.

The Black Ferns Sevens have bounced back in Canada to win the round and extend their lead in the Championship.

Casey Kopua had her final home game with the Waikato/BOP Magic as they won 61-52 over the Northern Mystics in the ANZ Netball Premiership.

In the IndyCars, Scott Dixon lost the lead on the second to last lap in Indianapolis. He also moves from third to second on the championship. As he prepares for the Indy 500, he hit a speed record of 380 kph and was second quickest on the second day of practice.

NZ News

The government announced a $3.8 billion package over 30 years for public transport in Wellington. But it is pretty clear what this government thinks about roads, vehicles and their drivers when the Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter used the term "car fascists". It is expected to be 60% of the $6.4b estimated to address congestion problems in the city.

The measles outbreak in Canterbury is officially over.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was in Paris this week for the Christchurch Call to Action, urging governments and tech companies to agree to tackle violent online content in social media. Facebook pre-empted the meeting with an announcement the night before and the US and China didn't turn up, but it was a well received.

The Primary School teachers are pretty angry. The Ministry of Education has been running a continuous media campaign against the teachers, but the teachers are booked in for a mega-strike (Primary and Secondary) on Wednesday the 29th. In fact, the teachers were discussing just booking in continuous strikes every second Wednesday until the end of the year. 50,000 teachers aren't happy.

Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters said it was a sad day for New Zealand after Fonterra sold the "Tip Top" brand to European giant Froneri. He probably wouldn't have liked Fonterra falling over with lack of capital either. And he didn't mention anything about a kiwi conglomerate buying Vodafone NZ.

The Numbers Game

3: days an Invercargill cleaner spent looking for a traveller's lost diamond before finding it when it glinted in the light
4,500: $ in costs and declined leave to appeal from the Supreme Court in favour of National over copyright to the Eminem song "Lose Yourself"
2.2m: $ announced by the government to help combat unemployment in the Bay
200m: $ spend by the government on housing for 2,700 long-term homeless
1b: $ in cuts to 'low-priority' spending from the government, including canning the Education fees-free policy saving $200m
1b: $ in tax from tobacco, alcohol and gambling just from Maori in 2018

Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5129 (+0.0055)
EUR 0.5841 (-0.0028)
USD 0.6523 (-0.0071)
AUD 0.9506 (+0.0087)

The Weekender NZer of the week

Maurice Wilkins
A Nobel Prize winner in Physiology and Medicine in 1962 for his contribution to the discovery of the structure of DNA – the very essence of life itself – and a New Zealander by birth, Maurice Wilkins is among our greatest achievers.

Joke of the Weekender

So what if I can’t spell Armageddon? It’s not the end of the world.


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