The Herald reports:
The incident involving former Government minister Meka Whaitiri 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].”