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Eyewitness News - Bob Jones punches reporter Rod Vaughan Television – 1985 News/Current Affairs

Eyewitness News - Bob Jones punches reporter Rod Vaughan

Television – 1985 News/Current Affairs

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In July 1985 New Zealand Party leader Bob Jones and president Malcolm McDonald surprised many by announcing the nation's then-third most popular party was taking an 18 month recess. TVNZ went searching for comment, and after chartering a helicopter, found Jones fishing near Turangi. Jones was not amused; he infamously punched reporter Rod Vaughan, arguing later he would fight any charges in court, since the journalists had subjected him to intolerable harassment. When fined $1000, Jones asked the judge if he paid $2000, could he please do it again?

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Jones moved like lightning out of the undergrowth and punched Vaughan on the nose.
- Deborah Coddington describes Jones' movements in a 2009 NZ Herald profile