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Newsnight - Rastus the Cat

Television (Excerpts) – 1994

This excerpt from mid 90s show Newsnight features the extraordinary story of Max Corkill and his motorcycle-riding cat Rastus. After having Rastus dumped on him as a kitten while he was motorcycling around Canada, Max took him along on the road. Quickly becoming comfortable on the bike, Rastus would stand on the handlebars as they drove along. Back in New Zealand, the pair became community favourites, and regularly raised money for the local SPCA. They passed away on 20 January 1998, after being involved in a head-on collision with a drunk driver.

It took no teaching really. He was a natural. I put him on and he loved it from day one.
– Max Corkill, on the cat's bike riding ability

Key Cast & Crew

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Irene Gardiner

Producer

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Julia Leonard

Director

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Alison Mau

Presenter

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Ingrid Leary

Reporter

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Heaton Dyer

Executive Producer