William “Captain Kirk” Shatner arrives in New Zealand on rocket-Segway PT for MyRepublic

Star Trek’s Captain Kirk actor William Shatner beams down to New Zealand’s screens this week riding a Segway Personal Transporter (PT) in an advert for MyRepublic.

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Watch how William Shatner rolls down his purple spaceship’s gang plank, before engaging thrusters to attain warp factor 9 and leap the front steps into a suburban house in a single bound.

MyRepublic – the new fibre broadband service – launched here this week, and adverts are being broadcast prime time on TV as well as multimedia such as web pages, YouTube, etc. The advert has been edited to a variety of running times, and the full 60 second version can be viewed on YouTube here.

Of course, Shatner isn’t the first to star on a rocket propelled Segway PT. Prior examples include Philip Bendall and performers at the Rugby World Cup at Eden Park, Auckland in 2005….

Jet-powered Segway PTs at 2005 Rugby World Cup (Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand)

Jet-powered Segway PTs at 2005 Rugby World Cup (Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand)

…and a gorilla in Ken Block’s Gymkhana 4 in 2012….

Gorilla on a Segway PT rocket

Gorilla on a Segway PT rocket

…and more recently (2013) actor Billy Zane launches skywards in the music video for pop star Avril Lavigne’s song Rock n Roll.

Avril Lavigne in Rock N Roll with Billy Zane lifting off on a rocket Segway PT

Avril Lavigne in Rock N Roll with Billy Zane lifting off on a rocket Segway PT

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