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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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we need more politicians like this

 Stan Chun

Stan Chun

If I had a trout at the end of my line and lost it because a paparazzi type reporter did not respect my privacy I think I would have punched him in the nose too. We can be too 'polite' and some take advantage of this especially the press as they need a story. Well they certainly got one that time. Jones does not mince words and cannot tolerate idiots. The reporter was lucky he was not thrown in the river as well.



Well Rod, it did make for good television I suppose.
Would have have been funny if you had of clocked him first.
You saw it coming right?



Bob Jones fooled a lot of people at the time. He formed a political party for his own ends, ( just to rid the country of Muldoon) and many people were taken in. A friend of mine worked very hard in that party believing it to be a real political party and then suddenly they were all dropped when he achieved his aim. He had not been honest. Granted, it was intrusive to follow him with a helicopter but he deserved it. His reaction shows what sort of person he is. I have absolutely no respect for him. He appears to have very little self-knowledge or compassion. The real mystery is that he has such a lovely, talented, compassionate brother in Lloyd.



LOL. You should have left him alone. Maybe call him for an interview instead of landing a chopper to corner the guy. If you're going for a hostile interview, you might want to wear your gloves.

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Jones moved like lightning out of the undergrowth and punched Vaughan on the nose. 
As we arrived overhead he left the river, and we landed on the river bank. But before we could speak to him, Mr Jones ran out of the trees and towards the camera. 
Piss off!