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New Zealand Climate Minister punched in face

IANS  |  Wellington 

New Zealand's was punched in the face on Thursday on the street while he was on his way to Parliament House.

A 47-year-old man was arrested for assaulting Shaw in Wellington, though the was not seriously injured, the reported. The attacker will appear in court on Friday, the police said.

A described the attack as unprovoked and said Shaw, who suffered a black eye, went to the hospital for a precautionary check-up.

It was unclear if the attack on Shaw was politically motivated, but told the media that the attacker "was shouting things out about the UN".

Talking about the incident, said: "In New Zealand, you just don't expect these things to happen.

"We have an in where are accessible and that's something we should feel proud of. We are after all, here to serve people. But today's events really show we cannot take that for granted," Ardern told reporters.



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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 16:58 IST