The Weekender 31/08/2019

Welcome to a lovely winter weekend after a bit of a wet week.


The All Blacks announced the squad for the Rugby World Cup this week and with all the talking points of people who made it (like Brad Webber), the biggest talk was around those who missed out. Specifically, dropping 108-test Owen Franks, Liam Squire and Ngani Laumape. The Chiefs are the second most represented Super Rugby team with 8 players, behind the Crusaders with 11.

The Black Caps have levelled the cricket test series against Sri Lanka after they bowled them out for 122 runs to win by an innings and 65 runs on the final day of the rain-affected test.

In their second race ever, the women's rowing quad has qualified for next years Olympics.
Lisa Carrington won her third K1 200m title at the ICF Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe World Champs in Hungary, winning the final by almost two seconds. Lisa then picked up a second gold in the K1 500m winning by 1.63 seconds.

The Warriors had their last home game last night, losing 10-31 to the Rabbitohs, to finish with only three wins from 10 games at Mt Smart.

Scott McLaughlin had back-to-back wins in South Australia to equal Craig Lowndes record of 16 wins in a season back in 1996.

Former NZ defender Danny Hay has been announced as the new coach of the All Whites.

Tom Walsh had a stunning performance in Paris to win the Diamond League shot put with a throw of 22.44m.

George Bennett has climbed six places in the latest stage in cycling's Spanish Vuelta to be sitting on ninth.

NZ News

The government announced a free school lunch trial next year to feed 5,000 children and they expect to eventually feed 21,000. So you might think they are trying to help children, but not for children who haven't been born yet. They are also pushing to remove almost all limits around killing those children.

Labour MP Clare Curran has announced she won't re-stand at the 2020 election. She was sacked from Cabinet a year ago.

I haven't heard the final result but Mark Lundy's final bid to overturn his conviction has been going on this week in the Supreme Court. Update: The Supreme Court has reserved its decision.

National has said they won't be supporting the second round of gun law reforms saying that it was targeting the wrong people.

The Numbers Game

3: men escaped from police custody the other week in Levin. This week the second man was arrested, one to go
16: % drop in popularity of Jacinda Ardern for Prime Minister
29: days of rain in Auckland during August - a new record for the most rain days in a single month
849: cases of the measles so far this year, making it the worst measles epidemic in 22 years - 300 students sent home from Manurewa High School because they hadn't provided proof of immunisation
44,728: $ worth of domestic travel for Shane Jones in three months April to June. He was of course defended by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern who spent $40,341
400,000: $ worth of e-scooter injuries as their popularity explodes. Auckland surgeons now are operating on more e-scooter injuries than motorbike injuries
1m: $ of fraud from Canterbury DHB has been admitted by a former employee

Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5192 (-0.0023)
EUR 0.5734 (+0.0036)
USD 0.6313 (-0.0091)
AUD 0.9369 (-0.0114)

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

My neighbour is in the Guinness World Records. He has had 44 concussions. He lives very close to me. 
A stone’s throw away, in fact.


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