The Weekender 05/10/2019

Welcome to October!


In the Rugby World Cup, the All Blacks beat Canada 63-0. The three Barrett brother all started and also all scored tries. In other games the Springboks have crushed Italy 49-3, Ireland beat Russia 35-0, Fiji beat Georgia 45-10, and Scotland beat Samoa 34-0. There were two big upsets during the week. Australia was beaten 29-25 by Wales and Ireland lost 19-12 to hosts Japan.

NZ News

NZ First MP Shane Jones went a little crazy when called out for politicising a Forestry Awards evening and telling everyone they needed to vote for NZ First or risk missing out on millions in funding. He went so far as to vow revenge on those who called him out. Apparently the Prime Minister told him off but that seems about as effective as not doing anything - and given her track record of disciplining MP's (i.e. not), the likelihood of Jones being punished as he should, is pretty slim.
That wasn't the end of the bad news for New Zealand First with their president quitting less than a year into the job and then telling everyone why. He wasn't given appropriate information on party donations and expenditure and refused to sign the documents due to his moral and business practise values.

The Ministry of Transport has apologised to National leader Simon Bridges after more than 1,000 submissions opposing the clean car free-rebate scheme, were blocked as spam.
The Labour Party were forced to pull an information brochure after it was found to have at least 50 pieces of unattributed plagiarism - and this isn't the first time this has happened to them.
The government has announced some changes to electrical pricing, but everyone is scratching their heads because it seems like most people will have to pay more. They are going to ban electricity companies charging less for people who pay early (60% of us), and they are banning electricity companies from offering discounts to customers who are leaving for a better deal. Labour's business sense seems to be as good as usual, stopping companies from charging us less and hoping it will result in a lower price.

The Numbers Game

400: Takahe our endangered flightless bird - the first time there have been this many in a century
13,000: people on the waitlist for public housing - a new record

Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5130 (-0.0002)
EUR 0.5762 (-0.0002)
USD 0.6327 (0.0020)
AUD 0.9344 (0.0021)

The Weekender NZer of the week

Colin McCahon
“McCahon was the artist who gave New Zealand a powerful visual identity and for that, he is revered in his homeland. That he went further, to explore and communicate through the medium of painting the universal questions and concerns of humanity, is why we, in other parts of the world, must recognise him as a great modern Master.”

Joke of the Weekender

My memory is getting so bad, I asked the pharmacist, “Do you have any Acetylsalicylic acid?”
“You mean aspirin?” asked the pharmacist.
“That’s it! I can never remember that word.”


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