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All well in world for rugby fans . . .

Opinion Piece

A glorious All Black win ended a week of concerning news, and was coupled with a rare burst of real winter weather for the Gisborne District.

Keeping the Australians scoreless and maintaining the amazing record of wins at Eden Park would have warmed the hearts of a large part of the population on Saturday night, but there was enough bad news last week to keep others on edge.

The debacle of the failed Census reached a climax with Stats NZ boss Liz McPherson falling on her sword and resigning.

Credit to her for that and also the way she has gone about leading the effort to fix as much of the mess created by the reduced number of responses, especially of Maori and Pacifika, as possible.

She could be followed by the Corrections boss after it was found that letters written by the alleged gunman in the Christchurch atrocity had appeared on web pages popular with white supremacists.

Overseas fears of a recession are at their highest level for 11 years, with a third of fund managers saying one is likely in the next 12 months. The Dow Jones fell 800 points after 10-year Treasury notes dipped below the two year ones — known as the curve inversion, this has predated all seven recessions of the past 50 years.

These fears spread to the New Zealand stock market which dipped, while Fonterra reported writedowns of $860 million and signalled its second annual loss in succession.

Continuing turmoil in Hong Kong as police and protesters battled and China threatened to intervene were not encouraging economically or politically. Meanwhile the costly tariff war between the world’s biggest economies, China and the United States, continued.

At the Pacific Forum nations clashed with Australia which they accused of not doing enough about climate change, which is a huge threat to the Pacific nations.

It led to Sydney radio shock jock (and former Wallabies coach) Alan Jones suggesting Aussie PM Scott Morrison “shove a sock down” Jacinda Ardern’s throat, for which he was later forced to apologise.

But by Sunday morning all was well in the world for rugby fans ?. . . that is until the World Cup starts in Japan next month.