Fundraising effort underway for disabled man and his brother stranded at Snapper Bonanza after car breaks down

It's Adrian Dunne's love for fishing and his disabled brother John that see the pair make the annual pilgrimage north to Ninety Mile Beach for the World's largest Snapper surf casting competition, but this year they've hit a snag.

With the five day Snapper Bonanza set to finish this afternoon the Dunne's have no way of getting home to Hastings after their four wheel drive broke down and the engine is beyond repair.

Hundreds of people have positioned themselves along 90 Mile Beach for the contest. Source: 1 NEWS

John, in his sixties, is wheelchair bound after he was struck down by a drunk driver at the age of 14.

The brothers have become well known among fellow anglers and featured on 1NEWS earlier in the week for the custom designed wheelchair Adrian built which enables John to enjoy the surf.

Over 800 people are trying their luck at Snapper Bonanza Surf Casting Competition in the Far North. Source: Breakfast

"He loves it, he gets in the water and gives it ago and even catches the odd kahawai," says Adrian.

Adrian who is John's full time caregiver has been bringing his brother to the event for more than a decade and says it's religious.

The men are among more than 800 others this year who have come from all over trying to land the biggest Snapper and take out the $30,000 prize.

For the Dunne brothers, with their "Snapper Chair" in tow, the journey is that much more difficult.

"It's a 14 hour hour trip one way, 12 hours if we don't stop," Adrian says.

The pair save for the annual event during the year and stay at a nearby campground.

But they've been spending more time there then they would have liked since Adrian's vehicle broke down on the beach on Wednesday.

Now he's trying to come up with the money to replace it.

The heaviest fish to be caught so far was reeled in on Wednesday and weighs a little over six kilograms but there's still a full day of fishing to go.

Meanwhile , Adrian and John's priorities have shifted and competitors have setup a Givealittle page to help them find their way home.

The page has raised over $150 as of 7:30 this morning. 

Adrian Dunne and his brother John (background).
Adrian Dunne and his brother John (background). Source: 1 NEWS



Back to work for farmer fresh from setting new world record milking over 5000 cows

It's back to work this morning for farmer Isaac Cook who yesterday set a new world record for milking cows by milking more than 5000 of them at Bulls near Palmerston North.

That's 60,000 litres of milk which is about two-and-a-half Fonterra tanker loads.

"I was out of bed at 3am, milking started at four," Mr Cook told Seven Sharp yesterday.

The 37-year-old had to milk 4000 cows in 12 hours for the record.

Mr Cook had been training for the day for the past six weeks, losing an impressive seven kilos in the process.

The goal of 4000 was left for dust when Mr Cook clocked up his 5000th cow with six minutes to spare before the final 12-hour deadline.

It wasn't champagne but milk that was poured over him as his supporters cheered.

His support crew hopes the endurance of the milker from Bulls will inspire other farmers around the country.

"It's all about promoting nutrition and training to prepare the body for the peak periods or endurance periods like calving," said said Ian Handcock of Fit4Farming. 

"So what we want to do is explore what calories these guys are using, what effect it has on their bodies and try and keep more people in the industry for longer." 

The record-breaker reckoned he couldn't look forward to a beer last night as he had to "do it again" today.

At least this morning's milking is with a few less cows.

Isaac Cook was aiming for 4000 cows, but in the space of 12 hours, he smashed that mark. Source: Seven Sharp

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Watch: Auckland school with just four Polynesian students rocks Polyfest

The annual Polyfest is on in Auckland, and among them is a private North Shore school that has never competed before. 

They have only four Polynesians at their school of about 1600, but that wasn't going to stop them from taking their Polyclub to the festival. 

Kristen School is 67 per cent Pakeha, 26 per cent Asian and less than one per cent Pacifika.

But they're 100 per cent committed to giving it their best shot. 

Polyfest is in its 42nd year, and has over 9000 secondary students from across Tamaki Makaurau performing on six stages. 

Less than one per cent of Kristin School has Pacific Island heritage, but that's not holding them back. Source: Seven Sharp


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