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21 May 2015

TVNZ has recently received a number of speculative media enquiries seeking confirmation the Prime Minister pulled a presenter’s hair.

We have received no complaints about the alleged incident from any employee and have been unable to find any information to indicate that it occurred.

We can only assume the speculation relates to a joke between the Prime Minister and a TVNZ presenter some 2 years ago. In the interest of transparency, we can advise a TVNZ presenter dared the Prime Minister to help style the presenter's hair and the Prime Minister briefly accepted the challenge.

The presenter was completely comfortable about what has been described as ‘a mutual joke between friends’.

TVNZ has no concerns about the light hearted interaction and will not be making any further comment on the matter.


Lenska Papich
TVNZ Communications Manager
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