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.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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