Politicians and their pets

Greens co-leader Metiria Turei has saved this snap of dog Axle on her phone as a keepsake while she campaigns away from home.
Greens co-leader Metiria Turei has saved this snap of dog Axle on her phone as a keepsake while she campaigns away from home.
Labour leader David Cunliffe has an adorable spoodle named Daisy. Also part of the family are bees, five chickens, a cat, puppy and two budgies.
Labour leader David Cunliffe has an adorable spoodle named Daisy. Also part of the family are bees, five chickens, a cat, puppy and two budgies.
Te Ururoa Flavell's dog Mokai is very much a family pet.
Te Ururoa Flavell's dog Mokai is very much a family pet.
Meet NZ First leader Winston Peters' dog Beau. A new addition to the Peters' household, Beau was reportedly happy to have his master home earlier this week. We wonder whether that title is used within the party?
Meet NZ First leader Winston Peters' dog Beau. A new addition to the Peters' household, Beau was reportedly happy to have his master home earlier this week. We wonder whether that title is used within the party?
Prime Minister John Key and wife Bronagh and their moggie. The nation's first cat, now 13,  is Moonbeam Smokey Fluffy Key.
Prime Minister John Key and wife Bronagh and their moggie. The nation's first cat, now 13, is Moonbeam Smokey Fluffy Key.

We know them as political animals - backing-biting and barking at each other across the debating floor.

But here party leaders show a softer side and cuddle up to their pets.

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