Kings Arms' musical matriarch Maureen Gordon dies aged 86

A fixture of the New Zealand music scene, Maureen Gordon, has died aged 86, her family says.

Ms Gordon was the well-known publican of Auckland's Kings Arms Tavern for more than 40 years, and had only recently decided to sell the venue to developers.

She had suffered various health issues in recent years, including cancer, but was reluctant to talk about her problems with others.

As the proprietor of the Kings Arms, Ms Gordon gave many famous New Zealand acts their start, including The Datsuns and many others.

Tributes are flowing in from many who have known her or worked with her.

"Love you Maureen for all the years you would give me a pink lady (lemonade and raspberry) the nights you would look after me when the olds were having a blast ... you shared your love with my own children over the years you were truly one of a kind love you always," one person wrote.

The Kings Arms Tavern in Auckland
The Kings Arms Tavern in Auckland. Source: Google

"I've been going to the KA for around 16 years, my first gig I was only 14 and the bouncers wouldn't let me in ... she happened to be walking out and saw how disappointed I was, and said 'You can come in, but I'm going to watch you, and if I see you drink your out' ... That was my very first gig ever, never forget that," said another.

Maureen Gordon of the Kings Arms Tavern
Maureen Gordon of the Kings Arms Tavern Source: Kings Arms/Facebook



Watch: Meet the breakout te reo music stars Maimoa Music as they drop hot new single

How many pop hits can you name that are sung entirely in Māori?

Moana and the Moahunters were the trailblazers, but more recently Maimoa Music had a breakout hit with their song Wairua.

It stayed on the charts for weeks and the video has over 5.9 million views.

Seven Sharp’s Tamati Rimene-Sproat found out what motivates the group to stay true to Te Reo Māori in the video above.

Maimoa Music were one of the breakout bands of 2017 with their song Wairua. Source: Seven Sharp

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Watch: Do you agree with older viewer that this Old El Paso advert is 'horrifying' and promotes violence?

An advert for Old El Paso tortillas has drawn criticism from an older viewer who labelled the Danny Trejo fronted commercial as "very disturbing" and "horrifying".

Trejo is known for portraying tough guy characters on film and screen, in the Old El Paso advert he pulls a tablecloth from a dinner table and says "amigos, it's time to ditch the dull dinners".

His demeanour has led to a complaint being put forward to the Advertising Standards Authority by a 70-year-old who wants the advert removed from air.

An advert featuring has been described as "menacing", "horrifying" and "very disturbing" in a complaint to the (ASA).

"It appears to me that had the man been home in a setting he may have been on drugs e.g. methamphetamine," the complaint says.

"It doesn't promote community standards for dining together; rather it suggests it could be a violent occasion to be avoided.

"It promotes violence, undue aggression, and menacing or horrifying elements likely to disturb and may encourage anti-social behaviour."

"As a 70-year-old I found it very disturbing."

After looking at the complaint the ASA ruled that the advert relies on humour and no one else in the commercial is concerned with the actions of Trejo's character.

The ASA concluded the ad was unlikely to support or encourage unacceptable violence or cause serious or widespread offence.

Therefore, the Chair ruled there were no grounds for the complaint to proceed. 

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Who is South Auckland's rogue zebra crossing painter?

A mysterious pedestrian crossing painter has struck again after a rogue zebra crossing popped up outside a South Auckland school - the second such occurrence at the school over the past year.

Patumahoe Primary School principal Jade Tawhiti spoke to TVNZ1's Breakfast this morning about the latest incident.

"The first one was in, I think it was November last year and it was quite a good job, that one - looked like a mini roller, pretty good white lines," he siad. "And they were actually good from the footpath when you're viewing them, but when you drove down the road, they were all over the show.

"It was quite funny at the time, but sort of when you thought about the safety implications of that, it wasn't so funny."

Mr Tawhiti said after the first incident, "Auckland Transport came rushing here (and) tore shreds out of our staff, sort of thinking that we did it".

He said Auckland Transport painted over the lines with blank paint, but the second time "someone's gone and used a spray can and spray painted the zebra lines".

A pedestrian crossing does need to be installed outside the school, the principal said, explaining that there are "a few variables" in place making it difficult to cross the road safely.

"(There's) high speeds from locals and passersby and there's a couple of funny corners and bends which create low visibility, and a few issues for kids crossing and parents," he said.

However, he says homemade paint jobs could be dangerous for students due to the confusion over whether or not it is safe to cross.

"At the end of the day, it creates confusion, so if you've got white lines and kids assuming it's a legal, proper pedestrian crossing, they're going to walk," he said. "As it stands now, it's what they call a care crossing, which actually has to be manned by patrollers or monitors, and we have the swinigng arms."

Auckland Transport spokesperson Mark Hannan said a real zebra crossing will be installed outside Patumahoe School by March or April of next year.
 

Patumahoe Primary School principal Jade Tawhiti spoke to Breakfast this morning about the incident. Source: 1 NEWS


Woman, 72, charged after bus crash that left two pedestrians dead in South Auckland

A 72-year-old woman has been charged over a fatal bus crash in April that left two people dead in Papatoetoe, Auckland.

Taylor Charles King, aged 23, from Papatoetoe and 34-year-old Jeremy Tokotai Kaukasi died after the crash on Puhinui Road in Papatoetoe at about 6.50pm on Saturday, April 14.

The men had just picked up a meal in Papatoetoe when they were hit and killed. Source: 1 NEWS

The two men were crossing the road at the time.

Police say the woman has been summonsed to appear in the Manukau District Court on October 25 to face two charges of careless driving causing death.

A pair of pedestrians were crossing the road when they were struck by the bus at 7pm last night. Source: 1 NEWS