Bruised by Minister because of missed photo op

The Herald reports:

The incident involving former Government minister and a staff member allegedly left bruising to the upper right arm of the staffer and photos of bruises were produced to the inquiry, a draft report leaked to the Herald shows.

The incident occurred because Whaitiri was unhappy at not having been alerted to a photo opportunity at a media standup with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern during a lunch break at a function in Gisborne.

A missed photo opportunity. How horrific. I guess for this Government, nothing is more important.

The staffer originally told the inquiry that Whaitiri had pinched her arm but changed that to grabbed.

“It was hard and it scared the living daylights out of me,” she said.

In other parts of her evidence, she said: “She was definitely angry, and was definitely mad that I had screwed up. It scared me a lot and I didn’t want to return to that [work environment].”

It was the first week on the job for the press secretary. And she got bruised by her Minister over a missed photo op.
Despite this she remains co-chair of Labour’s Maori caucus. An irony is that I understand the victim is herself Maori. She also remains an MP.
If a National MP had assaulted a staffer, Labour would be demanding they leave Parliament. The unions would be out in force decrying it. Certainly National MPs left Parliament over behaviour that was less significant, such as Aaron Gilmore over big noting at a restaurant.

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