Fire destroys Anzac tour bus

Friday April 27, 2018 Written by Published in Regional

New Zealanders heading to Gallipoli for Anzac Day whose bus went up in flames are thankful to be alive despite many having lost passports, money and other belongings in the fire.


The bus carrying Australians and a group of 15 New Zealanders was making its way from the Turkish city of Izmir to Gallipoli for the Anzac day commemorations.

A New Zealand woman who escaped the Turkish tour bus, said the bus stopped when the back started to fill with smoke.

She said everyone was rushed off the bus quickly, before it burst into flames.

“There’s a lot of people that didn’t really get time to get any of their belongings - passports and cameras, money and everything, wallets – so it’s been pretty devastating but at the same time we’re still alive.”

Whaitiri said the New Zealand Embassy in Turkey had been working with the passengers to help them get emergency passports.

Half a million for time in jail

A beer advert featuring double Olympic gold medallist, Eric Murray, has found to be breaching the Advertising Code.

 Murray – who won gold in rowing at the 2012 London and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games – features in the Beer the Beautiful Truth campaign and has appeared in adverts for brands DB and Lion.

Alcohol Healthwatch laid a complaint about the adverts stating the code for promotion of alcohol prohibits advertising that uses heroes of the young. Executive director Nicki Jackson said Murray appeared in the adverts at the same time as engaging directly with young people through his work in New Zealand schools.

“Prohibiting heroes of the young featuring in alcohol advertisements is intended to protect adolescents from the harmful effects of alcohol advertising. Research shows that the more adolescents are exposed to alcohol advertising, the more likely they are to drink heavily,” Jackson said.

“New Zealanders should not feel assured that the alcohol industry is protecting our young people from the harm of alcohol advertising. I hope the decision will send a strong signal to other celebrities not to engage in alcohol advertising if they also have a strong youth appeal,” she said.

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