Cunliffe thinks twice on photo

Last updated 05:00 18/02/2014

Relevant offers


What 'special bond' between Australia and New Zealand? Navigating the United Nations John Key: United Nations failed Syria NZ funds pet projects but not life-saving drug treatment TPPA NZ talks push back deal deadline Vietnam veterans fight against 'broken' Veterans Affairs system Has the Education Minister gone a bit rogue? Private medical information of Kiwis divulged in email blunder Hourly wages rise, but gender gap back to six-year high Below the beltway: The week in politics

Labour leader David Cunliffe has apologised to a media photographer for asking her to delete a potentially embarrassing picture.

Taranaki Daily News photographer Charlotte Curd was photographing Cunliffe's visit to Howard Wright Ltd in Bell Block yesterday.

She asked the Labour leader to pose for a shot by putting his head between two metal plates, Cunliffe said.

He then thought better of it, and asked her to delete the shot.

"I was happy to give it a go, but on reflection thought it looked a bit like gallows humour and thought better of it," he later explained to the Daily News.

Curd, 23, who has been working at the Daily News for three months, said Cunliffe had been very polite and hadn't bullied her in any way.

But she had felt intimidated because of who he was, so agreed to delete the picture.

Cunliffe said he didn't realise it was a "faux pas" and apologised if it had come across as "heavy" as that wasn't his intention.

"It was all pretty spur of the moment. You live and learn," he said.

When asked whether he would have treated a senior photographer in Auckland or Wellington the same, Cunliffe said it wouldn't have made any difference if the photographer had 20 years' experience and worked for a metropolitan paper.

"I wouldn't have treated any photographer any differently," he said.

Ad Feedback

- Taranaki Daily News


Special offers
Opinion poll

Should the speed limit be raised to 110kmh on some roads?



Vote Result

Related story: 110kmh limit moves closer

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content