Kiwi admits to assault over ad mocking accent

Last updated 20:27 11/07/2012

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Expatriate New Zealander Max Barrett, who lost his cool over an Australian TV ad poking fun at the Kiwi accent, has admitted charges of common assault and using offensive language.

Barrett also pleaded guilty to misusing a telecommunications service when he appeared in Griffith Local Court on Wednesday, a court spokeswoman told AAP.

No pleas were entered on other charges he faces - intimidation,  resisting arrest and intimidating police - and his case was adjourned to August 29.

Barrett, 44, took umbrage at a furniture retailer's ad on the  WIN regional television network featuring two animated kookaburras  saying ''Yeah, bro'', ''Sweet as, bro'' and ''Choice, bro'' with New Zealand accents.

Police say Barrett abused Knockonwood furniture store staff over  the phone on May 25 before turning up at WIN's Griffith offices  where he abused staff and assaulted an advertising executive.

Days later after the story made international headlines, Barrett  called talkback radio host Ray Hadley to issue an on-air apology  for his actions.

Asked by Hadley why he got so cranky over a TV ad, Barrett  replied: ''Just being a pathetic individual I guess''.

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