The Press reports that Trevor Mallard allegedly slapped or hit Tau Henare after the National MP made references to Mallard’s personal life in the Debating Chamber. Henare yesterday wouldn’t say whether he had been struck or not.
The PM was reportedly unimpressed and commented “both men should look in the mirror”.
Apparently an apology was made and accepted. There’s no excuse for this kind of behaviour particularly from MPs. One might also think that from a political perspective it’s clearly unwise given the imminent Cabinet reshuffle.
UPDATE: Mallard’s statement to TV3 here (video) – “I’ve cocked up badly and I know that”.