The Weekender 12/10/2019

Welcome to Bathurst weekend! We take a short break in RWC coverage to glance over the ditch to the great race.


On Thursday Scott McLaughlin broke the lap record for Bathurst but was confident that he would be able to go even faster before the weekend was over. He made it into the Top 10 shoot out in Provisional Pole which runs in about an hour. The main race runs for six hours tomorrow afternoon.

Ok so the RWC has still been on, and here is what's happened. Japan beat Samoa 39-19 to be on the verge of reaching the quarter-finals. The All Blacks didn't back away from Namibia beating them 71-9, although it was only 24-9 at half time. Wales beat Fiji 29-17 to knock Fiji out and book their own quarter-finals spot.
This weekend a few games have been canceled because of a Typhoon including the All Blacks vs Italy, so the two points from the draw put us at the top of our pool. Other results are a bit more difficult to pin down with Scotland threatening legal action because they need a win to get through.

Tom Walsh only missed out by 1cm but had to settle for third in the shotput at Doha this week.

In UFC, kiwi (but Nigeria-born) Israel Adesanya knocked out Australian (but NZ-born) Robert Whittaker in the second round to become the UFC's undisputed middleweight champ.

In the NRL the Roosters won back-to-back titles, beating the Canberra Raiders 14-8 last Sunday.

NZ News

The Prime Minister has said that Green MP Eugenie Sage won't lose her Land Information portfolio even though the government has overturned her decision on foreign investment in Waihi. It's almost a game now, how will the PM defend her failed PM's next?
The government also had to comment on a blowout in the DHB deficits after it was announced the Health Boards are $1b in debt - $700m more than the forecast in May. And what they've done is blame National - two years into their term!
It didn't stop there, a damning report on NZTA concluded that it had failed in one of its major responsibilities - and so the government blamed National.
The Treasury had another data blunder in recent months after the Government's financial statements appeared on their website days before their official release. The Finance Minister says he "expects better".

As with their light rail and KiwiBuild promises, the government has now backed down on their EV promise. They had said that all government cars would be emissions-free by 2025, but given that since this government has been in power the percentage of government-owned EV vehicles has actually dropped, they had to do something and I guess they couldn't blame National this time - but they probably talked about it.

The local body elections finished up today so lots of results are starting to come through, but nothing definite yet - except that Tim Shadbolt is back as mayor for Invercargill.

The Numbers Game

5.2: M earthquake shook Gisborne early this week
24: degC in Hawke's Bay cities this week - higher than the 22 in Rarotonga
1,400: cases of the measles in Auckland as the outbreak has peaked and is starting to decline
650m: $ owed to DHB health workers after a Holidays Act error
7.5b: $ surplus - the biggest since the 2008 GFC - but still no sign of tax cuts - very socialist of them, "we will take all your money and we will do what is best"

Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5007 (-0.0123)
EUR 0.5740 (-0.0022)
USD 0.6334 (0.0007)
AUD 0.9324 (-0.0019)

The Weekender NZer of the week

Te Rangi Hiroa / Peter Buck
Aotearoa Anthropologist
Te Rangi Hiroa/Sir Peter Buck’s achievements are astonishing for their diversity, reading more like a list of possible careers than a biography – a pioneering and internationally renowned anthropologist, the first Maori medical doctor, a politician, administrator, soldier, sportsperson and leader of the Maori people. Through exploring the Maori/Pakeha cross-cultural advantages of his birth, and exercising a scientific rigour that was largely self-taught, Peter Buck extended the edges of knowledge. His honorary doctorate from the University of Hawaii recognised his “Contribution to the knowledge of mankind” and likewise his honorary doctorate from Yale University lauded him as:
“First among those who know the peoples and cultures of the Polynesian world, medical doctor, warrior, ethnologist, author and poet, you have brought many races of people to greater understanding and peace.”

Joke of the Weekender

You know it is going to be a bad day when the letters in your alphabet soup spell D-I-S-A-S-T-E-R.


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