The Weekender 28/09/2019

Welcome along, it has been a cold stormy blustery week!


Unlike most other teams, the All Blacks had a big game first up taking on South Africa on Saturday night. South Africa had a lot of possession & territory but in a seven-minute period, the All Blacks scored 17 points to win 23-13. It kind of seemed to me that the All Black just did what they needed to.
In other Rugby World Cup games, the big upset of the week was Uruguay beating Fiji 30-27, effectively knocking Fiji out. Italy beat Canada 48-7 and Manu Samoa had their first win at a RWC beating Russia 34-9. Wales beat Georgia 43-14, after being ahead 29-0 at half time, Ireland beat Scotland 27-3 and England beat Tonga 35-3.

Patrick Bevan was soo close at the 2019 World Road Champs in Yorkshire finishing 2.16 seconds behind the third place.

NZ News

NZ First MP Shane Jones has apparently told the forestry industry that they need to vote for him or miss out on the billions he's handing out for provincial growth.

PM Jacinda Ardern had a quick visit to Japan to see the All Blacks and then went on to the US for the UN General Debate including a quick side meeting with President Donald Trump. Ardern was so effective in her communication (not) as she discussed with Trump how NZ was implementing our gun buy-back scheme that the following day, Trump ditched gun reform. Also pointed out was that despite Ardern's strong rhetoric in the UN about climate change, she didn't even mention it to President Trump.
The Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced this week that the decile-based funding system will be abolished by 2021 or 2022.

The Numbers Game

1: # award from the North American rail industry for the team repairing the earthquake-damaged railway between Picton and Christchurch - the first entry outside North America to win
13: people arrested for laundering money in a sophisticated phone scam
15: years in jail for a Frenchman who imported 24kg of cocaine
500: fog cannons have been installed in small businesses, part of a (previous) government-funded safety initiative to reduce the risk of aggravated robberies - robberies have fallen 40% since April 2017
3m: $ in assets seized from organised syndicate by Police in a major crime bust
4,699,755: NZ's official population in 2018 - jumping by 457,707 since the previous census in 2013 - the largest growth by number since 1961
8.7m: $ deficit for ACC as interest rates plummet - I think we should be prepared to pay anything to avoid the litigious landscape of USA

Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5131 (0.0113)
EUR 0.5764 (0.0083)
USD 0.6307 (0.0049)
AUD 0.9323 (0.0078)

The Weekender NZer of the week

Arthur Lydiard
New Zealand running coach Arthur Lydiard has been honoured by the International Athletics Federation.

Joke of the Weekender

A doctor told his patient, “There’s good news and bad news. The bad news is, you have partial short-term memory loss.”
The patient said, “Oh no, Doctor. What’s the bad news?”


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