Watch: 'I'm going to have a scar' - Christchurch teen attacked by a cheetah in Africa talks of scary experience

A Christchurch teenager who was mauled by a cheetah during a family trip to Africa has found the silver lining to the ordeal, saying it's "quite have a scar from a cheetah". 

The Driver family had the opportunity to pat two cheetahs while on a safari tour during their trip of a lifetime around South Africa this week. 

However, when Isaac was leaving the enclosure, a cheetah viciously attacked him.

The 14-year-old's sister, Eve, told 1NEWS she attempted to grab the animal when it leaped towards her brother. 

"It ripped my shirt but I only had a tiny scratch," she said

"He was straight on the ground and all I could see was him on the ground and it was quite scary."

The siblings' father, Dave, managed to rip the cheetah off Isaac after it started to bite. 

"Isaac said he had the cheetah by the neck and if he hadn't, it probably would have got his face," said Ms Driver. 

Online reviews show the teen isn't the first to be attacked by one of the cats while on the safari tour. 

In July 2016, one reviewer wrote "the cheetah drew blood where it's claws catched my lip and eye".

However, Isaac believes the park shouldn't be shut down after his attack but the tour operators should have safety protocols in place for smaller children.

"I think if a smaller child.. probably should have an age that you can go into see the cheetahs a bit higher."

Ms Driver said her mum "keeps having nightmares" of the ordeal and her family is looking forward to getting back home. 

The father of the 14-year-old ripped the animal off him during the wildlife experience. Source: 1 NEWS

The lure of the supermarket remains, even if you've vowed to give it up for good

Our new columnist Lydia Harvey knew giving up grocery shopping for the year was going to be hard, what she didn't bargain for was the temptations of convenience that would try and lure her back in.

Lydia Harvey and her family are trying to do what seems utterly impossible – live off their backyard for one whole year. Source: 1 NEWS

On New Year's Day this year I make the conscience decision to end my love affair with the supermarket. Not just one of them. All of them.

Now, this idea didn't begin as a whim or a last minute New Year's resolution, but one that had been brewing in my mind for a while and one my family and I had been planning for some time.

New Year's Day was D-Day for our family. It was the day we were saying goodbye to the supermarket and opening the door to a new lifestyle.

We kicked off our supermarket-free year off with a strong start by foraging for fresh foods, painstakingly watching the tomatoes turn from green to orange to red and not letting anything from our garden go to waste.

We bottled everything from our garden we weren't using and stockpiled produce from our generous neighbours.

We were not going to the supermarket and we had enough to live on. We were doing well.

This meant, of course, we had so much to learn there were going to be challenges and temptations ahead.

Surely I have enough will power to walk into a supermarket and get something small and come straight out. - Lydia Harvey

One of those challenges came after a large hiking trip with the family this summer. The kids were exhausted, I was tired and we wanted something to eat.

There was a supermarket nearby and my first thought was: "Surely I have enough will power to walk into a supermarket and get something small and come straight out".

Walking into that supermarket was so hard! I knew in my head the supermarket didn't have control over me, yet I grabbed a trolley and started filling it with items I thought we needed.

I was completely overwhelmed. I literally had to stop and re-centre myself. I then did what I felt I had lost the willpower to do. I returned every single item in my trolley back to the shelves.

At that moment I realised how much we are sold the idea that we need to consume all these products in the supermarket.

The bright lights, the noises, the HUGE specials and the copious amounts of flashy packaging were luring us in.

It was seeing all this and looking at my trolley that I realised that the supermarket needed me more than I needed the supermarket.

My perspective had changed and I saw past all the items I wanted but didn't need and all I could see was plastic packaging and it broke my heart.

I suddenly felt empowered that I was making informed, positive choices and had really changed my mind-set since New Year's Day.

I had changed from being a simple consumer to a conscious consumer.


Lydia has the perfect healthy and delicious appetisers for your next party.

Super Simple Salsa Boats

2 cups of fine chopped tomatoes

2 cups of fine chopped cucumber (skin on or off)

1 fresh lemon juiced

Handful of fresh chopped spring onions

Fresh crushed chilli (to taste)



Combine everything in a bowl at room temperature. Cut and scoop seeds out of capsicum in the form of a "boat".

Place the salsa in the capsicum boat and top with fine chopped avocado.


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