The Weekender 27/07/2019

Hi, we are certainly powering through July!


Last weekend New Zealand again played England in a world championship, this time Netball, and this time beating them 47-45, making it to their sixth straight final against Australia. And a day or two later they played the final and beat Australia 52-51, reversing their 1-point loss from round play. It was a great game for the Silver Ferns and a number of their older players like Maria Folau, get to celebrate a world championship in probably their last game. The turn around is due to coach Noeline Taurua.

In their Rugby Championship opener, the South Africans beat Australia 35-17, while the All Blacks beat Argentina 20-16 in Buenos Aires. The All Blacks have started playing the Springboks in Wellington for tonight's game.

The Warriors have had a finals blow with a 24-22 loss to the Paramatta Eels, with the refs starring for the Eels with a backwards pass ruled forward and a 9-2 penalty count to the Eels.

NZ News

The Government has pushed out the unveiling for the KiwiBuild reset until late August. Perhaps they should commission another working group.

The Numbers Game

3: times the amount of roads the government plans to make "safer", but it's just bandaids really, rather than fixing the roads
135: electric vehicles registered in the government's fleet of 15,500 since Labour took office - National says the government is telling people "do as I say, not as I do"
1,110: new homes targetted for Ohinewai, just north of Huntly, as Sleepyhead plans a new factory and community
25,000: $ per Silver Fern after Sky TV, ANZ, MYOB and Puma contributed so they got some sort of bonus for winning the World Cup - but nothing for wonder-coach Noeline Taurua
17m: $ treaty settlement with Ngati Rangi

Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5360 (-0.0051)
EUR 0.5953 (-0.0068)
USD 0.6636 (-0.0128)
AUD 0.9600 (-0.0009)

The Weekender NZer of the week

Nancy Wake
The White Mouse
Nancy Wake was the Allies’ most decorated servicewoman of WWII, and the Gestapo’s most-wanted person. They code-named her ‘The White Mouse’ because of her ability to elude capture. When war broke out she was a young woman married to a wealthy Frenchman living a life of luxury in cosmopolitan Marseilles. She became a saboteur, organiser and Resistance fighter who led an army of 7,000 Maquis troops in guerrilla warfare to sabotage the Nazis. Her story is one of daring, courage and optimism in the face of impossible odds.

Joke of the Weekender

Why is there so much pressure to spend Independence Day with other people?


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