30 years ago Bob Jones did what we all want to do, he punched a reporter in the face

Thirty years ago today, Sir Bob Jones infamously punched reporter Rod Vaughan.

In July 1985 New Zealand Party leader Bob Jones and president Malcolm McDonald surprised many by announcing the nation’s then-third most popular party was taking an 18 month recess.

TVNZ went searching for comment, and on July 9, found Jones fishing near Turangi.

Jones was not amused; he punched reporter Rod Vaughan, arguing later he would fight any charges in court, since the journalists had subjected him to intolerable harassment.

When fined $1000, Jones asked the judge if he paid $2000, could he please do it again?

What do you expect when you interrupt a bloke’s fishing. Rod Vaughan is lucky he wasn’t stalking and hounding a hunter.