The Weekender 06/07/2019

It was a lovely morning for an early (ripper) rugby game this morning, the sun came out and warmed things up nicely.


Last weekend in the Super Rugby semi-finals, the Crusaders outlasted the Hurricanes 30-26 in a game that looked over in the first half but roared back to life in the second half. For the final, the Crusaders will have Ryan Crotty and Scott Barrett out injured - a pity for them because they always win when Ryan Crotty is playing.
Just following up the allegations against a couple of Crusader players when they toured South Africa - the independent investigation found that the allegations were either not substantiated or not upheld.
The Crusaders and Jaguares have just started the Super Rugby 2019 Final.

In the cricket world cup, the Black Caps were well beaten by England but snuck into the semi-finals after Pakistan needed to score something like 500 runs to get a higher run rate.

Last weekend Joseph Parker had a solid win over Australian Alex Leapai with a TKO in the eighth round.

Wellington Phoenix player Sapreet Singh has confirmed a move to German super club Bayer Munich. The deal is thought to be worth $750k - $1m.

Patrick Bevan has been announced as a rider for the next Tour de France - becoming the fifth NZer to race in three or more events.

Hayden Paddon is returning to the WRC for the Rally of Finland. Hyundai signed someone else for Rally Finland so Hayden realised they weren't going to ask him to come back so he called the M-Sport team and within two days had arranged a drive in the M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC car.
Aussie V8 Championship leader Scott McLaughlin became the first driver in a decade to win seven consecutive races when he won the Saturday race in Townsville today. It was his 13th win of the season as he hunts down Craig Lowndes' record of 16 race wins in a season. Lowndes also holds the record of eight straight wins from 1996.

NZ News

The government's ban against single-use plastic bags came into effect this week, but one Indian takeaway showed just how narrow and ineffective the law was. The law specifically stated that the bags had to have handles, so they carried on (temporarily at least) using their plastic bags - they just cut the handles off.

The Waihi mine was planning an extension that would have provided jobs from 2028 to 2036 and despite the government tightening rules, the submission was approved by the Overseas Investment Office. Then it went to David Clark as Associate Finance Minister - who cleared it. But then it went to Green MP Eugenie Sage as Minister of Conservation and Minister of the Environment, and the deal is canned. Surely she had good reasons? She cited a Brazilian mudslide as she explained it's too dangerous. I'm surprised she didn't say a lahar from Mt Ruapehu might run amok in the Waihi mine.
This is the same week that information comes out about how business confidence is at a 10-year low, and it seems to show how the government is anti-business. Like with Taranaki, where they canned a $28b project that provided 3,000 jobs and tried to roll in as superheroes when they announced a $26m Clean Energy Centre. It only adds up if you don't know anything about business (i.e. a Labour MP).

The Principal's continue their fight for better pay. They have announced a six-week ban on working with the Ministry of Education unless they get a better pay offer.

The Numbers Game

4: out of the last five years have had the first week in May as the most dangerous of the year based on ACC claims - the first week of kids sport
4: times as many Aucklanders are suffering from flu-like symptoms this season
16: km of median barriers have been installed - the government promised to install 198km by mid-2021
28: new cases of measles - caused by eight people arriving from overseas
45: $ extra per year for a car with the new 3cpl tax increase in Auckland that started this week
61: news schools planned by the Government by 2030, but only one has been funded so far
78: driving infringements issued in Wellington in two hours - left Police "shocked and disappointed"
150: $/child grant for school camps and schools can charge - after it was looking like the government's new no-charge rule would rule out all school camps
100,000: kiwis have signed a petition heading to Parliament to improve support for cancer medicine

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The Weekender NZer of the week

Emma Rigby
The day after the London Riots stopped, former Rotorua woman Emma Rigby said she was going to make her community better.
That's exactly what she did and this week she became the first New Zealand Citizen to receive a British Citizen Award at the Palace of Westminster in London.

Joke of the Weekender

There’s no “I” in denial.


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