Cars, campervans and a house bus - Paul's sick of people being directed across his farm by Google Maps

Paul O'Malley is sick and tired of people driving across his remote Central Otago farm.

"It's very annoying, dangerous and I've done my best to try and get it to change," Paul says as he steers his farm ute down his driveway.

There've been cars and campervans. 

"A house bus has come in also," says Paul, laughing. 

Most of the time Paul does not find this funny. He's worried someone may have an accident on his farm and he may be liable.

Ironically, the people driving across Paul's property aren't at fault. They are simply following Google Maps which says Old Dunstan Road, or Dunstan trail as it's known, goes right through his farm before linking back up with the actual road.

"It's weird and annoying," Paul says.

At the kitchen table, Paul shows us the numerous emails he's sent to Google. 

"They did change one road title but it was the wrong road and they gave it the wrong name," he says.

Last year Fair Go received a similar problem after the Coromandel town of Hikuai was incorrectly called Duck Creek by Google. This resulted in an ambulance going to the wrong place when a boy got run over by a tractor.

After Fair Go got in touch, Google did fix Paul's problem. He's happy he can go back to work. 

If you have a similar problem, Google says use this link to report an error.


Thankfully Google has come to his aid, after cars, campervans and even a house bus travelled on his land, thanks to the internet giant's maps programme. Source: Fair Go



Car buyers warned to do background check on their dealer after woman finds 14 decisions against trader

Car buyers are being warned to do a background check on their car dealer before buying their next vehicle, after one woman later discovered 14 decisions against the trader she bought from.

Rebecca Mildren purchased a Mazda Axela from Spot One in Penrose, Auckland, last year. 

However just a month later she rejected the vehicle, after discovering a dangerous fault that forced her off the road.

"It's scary. It did cause panic attacks. To the point where you need to pull over because you don't feel like you're in control," she said.

The cause of concern was a bright, reflective glare off her dashboard.

Ms Mildren says she was told when buying the car that the shine on the worn dashboard was a "pre-purchase wax coating". 

It was only after she started driving the car, that she realised the dashboard was suffering a well-known fault that causes a reflective glare that can distract the driver and impair visibility of the road.

"It causes an obstruction of my vision basically right where I'm trying to see," she said.

The fault has affected around 300,000 Mazda cars in the United States, but the dealer Ms Mildren purchased the car from, Paul Tweedie, wouldn't refund her - so she took a case to the Motor Vehicle Disputes Tribunal.

Ms Mildren won her case against Spot One and Mr Tweedie, but a month after the decision she was still waiting for her money.

"I'm exhausted. Nobody should have to fight this hard for their rights."

Mr Tweedie had told Ms Mildren she was unlikely to see her money as the company was going into liquidation. But it didn't and Ms Mildren instead approached Fair Go.

The company wouldn't comment to Fair Go, but did refund Ms Mildren.

Mr Tweedie also wouldn't communicate with Fair Go about collecting the vehicle - so Fair Go had it delivered back to the Spot One car yard.

Ms Mildren says she was in "disbelief" to discover Mr Tweedie had appeared in front of the Motor Vehicle Tribunal on 19 different occasions, and ordered to refund or repair in 14 of those cases.

"I had no idea that you can search the Motor Vehicle Disputes Tribunal's Decisions page. Should I have searched that I would have found multiple decisions," she said.

Decisions from the Motor Vehicle Disputes Tribunal are publicly available and can be searched here.

Any dealer who sells more than six vehicles a year should be registered to the Motor Vehicle Trader Register.

Mr Tweedie is registered, and the Register's Team Leader of Compliance and Inspection, Phil Sorrell, says consumers should use the website to make sure they know the dealer they're talking to is who they say they are.

"It's so the consumer can actually identify who they're contracting with, and then they can check whatever information they have at the time of negotiating the sale against the information held on the register.

"That will allow them to go back to that person with confidence," he said.

Becky spent $10,500 plus on a car, that has since been revealed to have a dangerous fault. Source: Fair Go

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'I can't stand the massive injustice' - Nelson student simulates plight of Bangladeshi garment workers

A Nelson nursing student is simulating the back-breaking conditions of Bangladeshi factory workers to raise awareness about ethical shopping.

Over the course of this week, Yasmeen Jones-Chollet will have worked 112 hours sewing bags on the city's main street to make her point.

"Basically I can't stand it. I can't stand the massive injustice, the gross exploitation of people and the devastation of the planet," Ms Jones-Chollet told 1 NEWS.

As part of the reconstruction, she can't talk to visitors and only breaks to go to the toilet. But she says the hardest part is not seeing her son.

"They just don't have what we have. And what kind of world are we going to create if a little child can't go home to mum at the end of the day?" she says.

The protest also marks five years since the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh. Poorly built and overcrowded, it killed 1134 people.

"What I'm doing is a stunt. The thing is, when I finish this, nothing will have changed in Bangladesh or India. So what I want people to do is to think about what they buy."

Ms Jones-Chollet is encouraging shoppers to ask stores where their goods are made.

"People will speak to the manager about a hole in their clothing or an unfair price but I think that's a more important question."

FairTrade Nelson Tasman, the only group registered with NGO Fashion Revolution in Australia and New Zealand, is hosting the city's largest 'clothes swap' this weekend.

Organiser John Marshall says people can "bring along up to five items of their favourite clothes and exchange them for five other items".

Yasmeen Jones-Chollet will sell her bags in Nelson on Saturday, with proceeds going towards the cost of her protest.

Yasmeen Jones-Chollet is sewing for 16 hours a day to put a face on those making clothes in poor conditions. Source: 1 NEWS