Exclusive: Legendary Pink Floyd rocker opens up about Trump, his childhood, music and coming to NZ

Pink Floyd's former bassist is coming to New Zealand to showcase his first solo album in 25 years. In an exclusive Sunday interview 1 NEWS foreign correspondent Rebecca Wright spoke with legendary rocker Roger Waters about his anti-authority message, his latest tour, and coming to New Zealand.

While he may be 73, it's easy to get the feeling that stepping out on stage never gets old for Roger Waters.

Pink Floyd fans will immediately recognise the towering set, giant inflatable and laser prism in his tour– hallmarks of the Pink Floyd experience of 40-years-ago.

But where once there was Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, now he has a new arch enemy in Donald Trump.

Waters says he was "flabbergasted" when Mr Trump became US President late last year.

"You watch the thing happening and you think, this car-wreck can't possibly be happen... and of course it was possible.

The lunatics have taken over the loony bin. - Roger Waters

"The political system in the United States is completely broken," he said.

So Waters is back to resist, fired up and defiant, at every show on his Us+ Them tour he's sharing his anti-authority message with a new audience.

For one of his American tour shows he invited 12 school children from underprivileged backgrounds to perform with him on his most iconic of songs: Another Brick In The Wall.

Teachers and parents be warned... this will happen on the New Zealand leg of his tour too.

For all of his anger and outrage Waters is a deep thinker who changed the world with one of the most critically acclaimed and successful bands of all time.

Pink Floyd's albums Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall were groundbreaking and much of their distinctly dark vision came from Water's inner musings.

Waters was only five-months-old when his father died at war and a sense of love and loss from this is woven through his life's work.

I imagine myself as a child, and me and the child agreeing with one another that our father would be proud of us - Roger Waters

Pink Floyd's album The Wall was a metaphor for his internal battle with abandonment and grief.

The lifelong desire to make his father proud came crashing down during a random conversation with a fan.

"This older guy, kind of looked at me… and when I went to go back on stage he wouldn't let go of my hand.

"He looked at me directly in the eyes and he said: 'Your father would be proud of you'.

"I just dissolved.

"I just realised that 60 years after my father's death how incredibly moved I was by a complete stranger saying that to me."

The rock and roll veteran is still on the road, his tour is taking him right across America, and appears to be soaking it all in and enjoying what could be his final tour.

There will be one more performance for his Kiwi fans too, when he brings his Us+ Them tour to Auckland and Dunedin in January.

"New Zealand, it's such a beautiful country.

"They were very warm, obviously knew the work really well and the place was full," he said reminiscing on his last New Zealand show.
 



Hundreds feared drowned after passenger ferry capsizes on Lake Victoria in Tanzania

At least 44 people died when after a passenger ferry capsized on Lake Victoria, a Tanzanian official said this morning, and the death toll was expected to rise significantly when rescue efforts resumed at daybreak.

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Lake Victoria. Source: istock.com

Thirty-seven people were rescued after the afternoon sinking, Mwanza regional commissioner John Mongella told The Associated Press.

"I cannot speculate" how many people had been on board, he said.

"Right now our focus is on rescue."

But such ferries often carry hundreds of people and are overcrowded.

The death toll could end up surpassing 200, an official told Reuters. 

The Tanzania Electrical, Mechanical and Electronics Services Agency, in charge of servicing the vessels, urged patience in a statement as rescue efforts began.

The ferry was traveling between Ukara and Bugolora and capsized near the area of Mwanza, the agency said.Accidents are often reported on the large freshwater lake surrounded by Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda.

Some of the deadliest have occurred in Tanzania, where passenger boats are often said to be old and in poor condition.

In 1996, more than 800 people were killed when the passenger and cargo ferry MV Bukoba sank on Lake Victoria.Nearly 200 people died in 2011 when the MV Spice Islander I sank off Tanzania's Indian Ocean coast near Zanzibar.

More than 300 people were on board the ferry on Lake Victoria in Tanzania when disaster struck just metres from shore. Source: 1 NEWS


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Nudes v prudes: Cheeky homeowners' bare-all yard work flusters self-proclaimed small-town, USA

Flustered residents of a Florida neighbourhood are learning the hard way about the limitations of nudity laws there.

Several residents of Stuart, which touts itself as one of the best small towns in the United States, have complained and called police about a neighbour who has found that yard work and chores are less tedious when in the nude.

The problem: Said work is often in the man's front yard, in full view of neighbours and motorists, local media outlets have reported.

"I came out Sunday night to put the trash out, and I look over and he is bent over, winding up his hose, and I'm like that is my view of the neighbourhood," Melissa Ny said with a laugh this week as she talked with TV station WPBF 25.

Another resident had a more angry tone as he pointed out the home sits next to a school bus stop.

But there's not much neighbours can do about it aside from complaining to the media.

Florida law allows people to be nude on their own property as long as they aren't engaging in "vulgar, indecent, lewd, or lascivious" behaviour, and police reckon trimming hedges and washing a car is not considered any of those, the Orlando Sentinel newspaper reports.

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Drum lines set out as hunt begins for shark that attacked Kiwi girl in Queensland

Drum lines will be set after two tourists were critically injured in separate attacks at a harbour in the Whitsunday Islands in north Queensland.

A 12-year-old New Zealand girl holidaying with her father and sister received a life-threatening wound to her leg on Thursday afternoon at Cid Harbour.

Emergency services say the young girl lost a lot of blood in the Whitsunday Islands attack. Source: Breakfast

The attack came less than 24 hours after Tasmanian woman Justine Barwick, 46, was also bitten on her left thigh while snorkelling in the same harbour.

The child was in a critical condition at Mackay Base Hospital but it's understood she will be transported to Brisbane for further treatment.

Ms Barwick was taken to Brisbane on Thursday and her condition has since been upgraded to stable in intensive care at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.

Fisheries Queensland will set three baited drum lines in the harbour on Friday in a bid to catch the shark or sharks responsible.

"It is possible that there's more than one shark involved in these unfortunate events," the department's shark control program manager Jeff Krause told the ABC.

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"We don't normally go out and search for any sharks that may have been involved in a shark attack but due to the nature of these multiple attacks, Fisheries Queensland is going to deploy three drum lines in a bid to try and catch some of the sharks in that area."

Mr Krause said various types of whaler species as well as bull and tiger sharks can be found in waters around the harbour and he advised against swimming in or near Cid Harbour for the time being.

The last attack in the area was eight years ago.

Shark attack expert Daryl McPhee, from Bond University, said while the likelihood of being attacked by a shark is slim, the Great Barrier Reef has a higher population of sharks than other areas.

"That increases the chances of something happening," Associate Professor McPhee said.

"Sharks will bite things that they think are prey and sometimes they consider people prey."


US man charged with putting daughter in game machine to steal prizes

A Massachusetts teacher has been charged with putting his toddler daughter into a game machine at a New Hampshire shopping mall and using her to steal prizes.

Police in Salem say 34-year-old Anthony Helinski, of Lawrence, Massachusetts, turned himself in Wednesday, five days after witnesses at the Mall at Rockingham Park recorded video of a man encouraging the girl to hand out prizes from within the KeyMaster game.

The video then shows the toddler climbing out of the machine.

Andover Public Schools told WCVB-TV that Helinski has been placed on leave from his job as a middle school teacher.

Helinski is charged with theft, trespassing and child endangerment.

A Massachusetts teacher has been charged with putting the toddler into a game machine at a shopping mall and using her to steal prizes. Source: Associated Press