Simon Barnett's wife Jodi in recovery after having successful operation on two brain lesions

Jodi Barnett, the wife of radio personality Simon Barnett, is in recovery after having a successful operation on two brain lesions last week.

Jodi was rushed to hospital on Thursday April 29 after being afflicted by a "massive fit" at her Christchurch home.

Since her admittance to hospital husband Simon has taken leave from his popular More FM breakfast show to be by her side.

This week the show's producer Samantha Baxter took to the air to let listeners know the latest on Jodi's condition after her operation last Friday.

"Simon let us know on Friday evening that (the operation) was a complete success, that it went as well as it could have gone.

"There are still further tests to be done to figure out where to go from here, but so far it was gone really well," Baxter said.

She said the news came as a relief after a tough time for the More FM team.

"It has been pretty hard to be on-air laughing and talking about stuff when we know our best friend is in a really tough spot."

Simon and Jodi have been married for over 25 years and have four daughters together.

Fans divided by decision to fast forward 18 months of Coronation Street episodes - 'About time'

The decision to jump forward 18 months in Coronation Street episodes in order to catch up with the UK has divided the adoring fans of the long-running soap.

From June 11, viewers will be able to watch Coro nearly in sync with the UK with the renamed 'Coronation Street 2018' to air one week behind the UK on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evening at 9.30pm.

Viewers who want to watch the episodes from the missing 18 months will be able to see them on weekdays at 1pm on TVNZ 1.

Both versions - Coronation Street 2018 and Coronation Street Catch-up - will be available on TVNZ OnDemand.

The decision was greeted with derision by some on Facebook while others were delighted to be able to watch more current episodes.

"About time TVNZ. Great," Stephanie wrote.

"Finally catching up," Elaine wrote.

The Coronation St decision has divided fans. Source: 1 NEWS

"Cannot wait. Being up to date on the cobbles is fantastic," Sarah wrote.

There were plenty, though, who were unhappy with the change.

"Sorry but why can't you just leave it as is," Deb wrote.

"Who do you feel you have to??? Why not leave it alone. Or have it on 7 days a week until we are close. I have only been watching this program for the past two years and don’t mind just leaving it as it is I really don’t care if we are 18 months behind as we have program re-runs older than Coro lol," Susan wrote.

Others had suggestions on how the catch-up process should work.

"Put it on 5 days a week at a reasonable hour, wed (sic) soon catch up," one woman wrote.

Join the conversation and have your say on the Coronation Street fast forward on our Facebook page.

In an unprecedented move, Coro is leaping ahead 18 months and will screen here only a week after it goes to air in Britain. Source: Breakfast


Reggae musician and Herbs member Carl Perkins dies aged 59

Reggae musician Carl Perkins has died, aged 59, after a short battle with bowel cancer.  

He was a member of pioneering Aotearoa reggae group Herbs in the early 80s, starting on percussion with the band when they were recording their second album Light of The Pacific. He had a hand in writing the hit ‘Long Ago’ and many other Herbs songs of that era.

“Herbs were a big inspiration to me being from a small little country town,” he told RNZ in 2014. 

For the last decade he played in House Of Shem, alongside two of his five sons, Te Omeka and Isaiah. The Whanganui based whanau band released three albums.  

He was asked by Herbs to replace Toni Fonoti as a writer and percussionist in 1982.

"Someone just asked me ‘Oh what do you think about joining the band? Can you play percussion?’ and I couldn’t at the time and I’d never ever played of course I said ‘Yeah I can play percussion!’”

He shifted from the drum kit after he “realised there were no reggae guitarists in the country”

He played funk, rock and roll, jazz and reggae. Perkins wasn’t classically taught and he admits he “wasn’t really taught how all genres were different like that” But he credited his father and uncles for showing him how to play across all kinds of music “even heavy metal. I played a bit of Deep Purple.”

Perkins also had stints playing with Dread, Mana, and The Twelve Tribes band, and toured with The Wailers after Bob Marley died. 

"I’d imagined them as being ‘Wow THE Wailers’, I didn’t sort of realise how these kind of people were like me, or like us. So it was a really touching time too to get to know them" Perkins told RNZ. 

The connection led to the 2011 House Of Shem album Island Vibration  and 2013's Harmony being mixed by Errol Brown, who'd worked with Bob Marley, at Tuff Gong studios in Jamaica.  

Born in Raetihi, he told Marae in 2017 of how he often got into trouble at school, and was taken from his whanau and put into Lake Alice juvenile centre, where the children endured inhumane treatment. The Government apologised decades later. 

Perkins often credited music for saving his life. 

House of Shem have posted on their Facebook page.

"Carl will be lying in state in his town he grew up in Raetihi, at Raetihi Paa (Te Puke Marae) 49 Raetihi Ohakune Road from Thursday 10 May where he will be laid to rest at a confirmed Urupa on Saturday 12 May. ALL ARE WELCOME! come and celebrate the life of a Legend."