It’s one of the great genres of New Zealand news: the unusual thing that just blocked our main arterial road. Here’s a sampler.
The Timaru sea lion
Not Timaru. A truck carrying untreated effluent crashed into a car.
Obviously and often.
“Orewa’s Grand Liquor owner Heather Cresswell has had customers bleating about goats.”
It got shot.
The road was covered in feathers.
A flock of geese
“Police were on the scene to help the geese safely across the motorway.”
A flapping swan
“No birds or people were harmed during the incident.”
Tbh this one was SH5.
Police said watermelons blocked both lanes for 15 minutes.
A real pane for motorists.
to our journalism!Find Out More
“A witness told the Herald they were devastated to drive past the pile of Steinlager beer.”
Northern Advocate headline: “Truck carrying load of butter rolls.”
“A driver found himself in a sticky situation,” etc.
The Otago Daily Times went with the headline, “Wild oats slowed”.
Join The Spinoff Members for as little as $1 to help us hire more journalists and do more investigations. Or get a free Toby Morris-designed tea towel when you contribute $80 or more over a year.
The Spinoff Weekly compiles the best stories of the week – an essential guide to modern life in New Zealand, emailed out on Monday evenings.