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    • Town/City: Tauranga
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    NZ On Screen – New Zealand’s Screen Culture Showcase has a wealth of old NZ tv footage, much of which is free to watch online.

    This Newsnight TV segment ‘Rastus The Cat’ is one such video available. Click on the link to watch Rastus The Cat.

    Newsnight - Rastus the Cat

    The extraordinary story of Max Corkill and his motorcycle-riding cat Rastus. After having Rastus dumped on him as a kitten while he was motorcycling around Canada, Max took him along on the road. Quickly becoming comfortable on the bike, Rastus would stand on the handlebars as they drove along. Back in New Zealand, the pair became community favourites, and regularly raised money for the local SPCA. They passed away on 20 January 1998, after being involved in a head-on collision with a drunk driver.

    Dave Young
    • Town/City: New Plymouth District
    • Bike: KLX150L, R1200GS
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    That’s a great find, Eddie.

    Here is a short YouTube video of them riding around together in Stanley Park, Vancouver: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DS2TLgQiqR0

    There is an honourable mention of Max and Rastus in Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand: http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/photograph/21807/rastus-the-motorcycle-riding-cat

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