Most read story: ‘Tell her don't be a f***** clever Māori’ – Woman left shocked over car dealer's racist voice message

This story first ran on Monday June 11

A woman has been left shaking and in tears after a car dealer left a racist voice message on her phone calling her a "f*****  clever Māori".

Rotorua nurse Narrelle Newdick had visited the Farmer Auto Village in Tauranga with the hopes of buying a new car.

After taking one of their cars for a test run, Ms Newdick was set on buying the vehicle until she discovered the shocking message from the dealership left accidentally on her phone.

"Your little Māori girl…it keeps going to voice mail," two dealers can be heard saying to each other in the message.

"Tell her don't be a f***** clever Māori.

"Go back to Maketu and dig pipis out of the sand."

Ms Newdick told the TVNZ1's Marae programme she was upset and angry to hear the two minute conversation between the two Farmer Auto Village workers.

"When I received the message I couldn't believe what I was hearing," says Ms Newdick.

The message left her in a state of disbelief.

"What does he even mean by that 'don't be a f***** clever Māori'?

"So because I have a job and I work does that make me a clever Māori in his eyes? I was offended not only for myself but he's lumped us all in that box."

Marae approached Farmer Auto Village for comment on the message and were told that the company was shocked by the remarks.

They have since apologised to Ms Newdick.

"We are absolutely devastated that an employee within our used car department at Farmer Motor Group has made some offensive comments,"  Mike Farmer managing director of the company said in a statement.

Mr Farmer says the company is implementing a cultural and historical awareness programme company-wide following this incident.



Dark, cold night ahead for thousands without power in North Island

Power cuts have hit more than three-and-a-half thousand properties in the storm-battered central North Island, Taranaki and Gisborne  residents are being warned to prepare to be without electricity overnight.

Tony Coutts says there’s been countless discussions with the district council over Gisborne flooding, but "no answers".

Power authorities report 3,592 properties are affected by power outages.

They're in Eltham in South Taranaki, Otamatea in Wanganui, Ferndale and Glen Avon in New Plymouth, Gladstone in Carterton, Okato in rural Taranaki,  Hastings, Napier, Rotorua District including Kinleith and Atiamuri, and the Gisborne District including central Gisborne, the coastal area and Wairoa.

The Broadlands Farm on the Tolaga Bay flats, north of Gisborne, was one of many flooded by torrential rain today. Source: 1 NEWS

Eastland Network says progress is being made slowly on restoring power. 

"We're asking you to please prepare to be without power overnight," the supplier said. 

John Edwards and his dogs were on a mission to rescue sheep between Gisborne and Te Karaka. Source: 1 NEWS

"Our crews are doing everything they can to get power back on to as many people as possible, and will work late into the night, but floods, trees and other issues mean they simply can't access some areas."

A tree down over power lines and blocking the road near Waingake, south of Gisborne. Source: Eastland Network

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Heavy rain closes all road access to Kaikoura, a reminder of the bad old days post-earthquake

Heavy rain has closed all road access to Kaikoura overnight tonight, a fresh reminder of the lengthy closure of the main highway to the town following the November 2016 earthquake.

The New Zealand Transport Agency says due to heavy rain in the Kaikoura District, Inland Route 70 has closed between Mt Lyford and Kaikoura. 

Deteriorating weathers conditions also mean that State Highway 1 north and south of Kaikoura will close at 5pm tonight.

SH1 south of Kaikoura will be closed between the Leader Rd/SH1 intersection to Peketa and north of Kaikoura will be closed between Mangamaunu an Clarence

Access is still available to Mt Lyford from Waiau.

NZTA says safety needs to be the top priority for all road users in the region and it's advising caution given the likelihood of surface flooding, rockfalls and small slips.

An update on the road conditions will be provided by 9.30am tomorrow morning once crews have completed a full inspection of the network. 

Heavy rain is expected to continue into the evening in Kaikoura tonight.

Road users are being asked to delay travel, if possible, until the road conditions are known in the morning or use the alternate State Highway 1 via Lewis Pass for travel between Christchurch and Picton.

The 300 metres of brand-new highway will open in time for the long weekend.
Source: 1 NEWS