Media Releases



  • Parents warned over old Suzuki four-wheel drives

    Suzuki four-wheel drives made before 1998 pose a serious risk to younger drivers, according to road safety experts.

    The Dog & Lemon Guide issued the warning after 15 year old Auckland student Richelle Murphy died when she was partially thrown from a Suzuki Escudo four-wheel drive which rolled over.

    Dog & Lemon Guide editor Clive Matthew-Wilson said today:

    “Virtually the entire range of Suzuki offroaders before 1998 has been linked to frequent deaths, often due to rollovers.”

  • Time to end our addiction to oil

    New Zealand must reduce the number of cars coming into the country as a first step to easing our addiction to fossil fuels, says a leading car expert.Clive Matthew-Wilson, editor of the car buyer’s Dog & Lemon Guide, says: “Oil prices are hitting record highs and yet New Zealand is busy importing cars and building roads. That’s a bit like trying to put out a fire with petrol.”

    “Two of the biggest drains on the national purse are cars and oil, yet current Treasury strategies are certain to increase our addiction to oil, not ease it.”

  • Time to end our addiction to oil

    New Zealand must reduce the number of cars coming into the country as a first step to easing our addiction to fossil fuels, says a leading car expert.Clive Matthew-Wilson, editor of the car buyer’s Dog & Lemon Guide, says: “Oil prices are hitting record highs and yet New Zealand is busy importing cars and building roads. That’s a bit like trying to put out a fire with petrol.”

    “Two of the biggest drains on the national purse are cars and oil, yet current Treasury strategies are certain to increase our addiction to oil, not ease it.”

  • Good Read Distracts Driving Doctor

    Road safety campaigners say a South Canterbury doctor busted for reading while she was driving has got off far too lightly.

    The 62-year-old was fined $400 after admitting she found her book just too good to put down on a trip from Timaru to Christchurch Airport.

    The Timaru court heard Rosalind Allen-Narker had been reading a book as she drove at speeds of up to 100 kilometres an hour on the main highway.

  • Good Read Distracts Driving Doctor

    Road safety campaigners say a South Canterbury doctor busted for reading while she was driving has got off far too lightly.

    The 62-year-old was fined $400 after admitting she found her book just too good to put down on a trip from Timaru to Christchurch Airport.

    The Timaru court heard Rosalind Allen-Narker had been reading a book as she drove at speeds of up to 100 kilometres an hour on the main highway.

  • Campaigners Call for Parent Penalties

    Road safety campaigners are calling for parents who supply alcohol to underage drivers to be penalised if something goes wrong.

    Clive Matthew-Wilson of the Dog and Lemon Guide was commenting after a serious weekend crash in Manukau at the hands of a drunk 16-year-old.

    The boy's mother has admitted to regularly supplying him with alcohol.

    Matthew-Wilson says if the mother had supplied her son with heroin or P she would be behind bars.

  • Campaigners Call for Parent Penalties

    Road safety campaigners are calling for parents who supply alcohol to underage drivers to be penalised if something goes wrong.

    Clive Matthew-Wilson of the Dog and Lemon Guide was commenting after a serious weekend crash in Manukau at the hands of a drunk 16-year-old.

    The boy's mother has admitted to regularly supplying him with alcohol.

    Matthew-Wilson says if the mother had supplied her son with heroin or P she would be behind bars.

  • Consumers warned over spare tyres

    Many new car buyers are unwittingly buying vehicles without spare tyres, according to the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide.

    Dog & Lemon Guide editor Clive Matthew-Wilson said today: “Many new European cars are coming out without a spare tyre. Some cars come with a tiny air pump to inflate a flat tyre, and nothing else. If the air pump can’t re-inflate a flat tyre then all you can do is start walking.”

  • Consumers warned over spare tyres

    Many new car buyers are unwittingly buying vehicles without spare tyres, according to the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide.

    Dog & Lemon Guide editor Clive Matthew-Wilson said today: “Many new European cars are coming out without a spare tyre. Some cars come with a tiny air pump to inflate a flat tyre, and nothing else. If the air pump can’t re-inflate a flat tyre then all you can do is start walking.”

  • Car Thieves Getting Smarter

    As cars get smarter so do the thieves targeting them.

    Dog and Lemon Guide editor, Clive Matthew-Wilson, says modern car keys often contain a computer chip which only recognises the car it belongs to - if you do not have that particular key you cannot start the car.

    But Matthew-Wilson says that has prompted thieves to target keys instead of vehicles.

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