The Buzz | New Zealand politician punched in face while walking to work

A New Zealand government minister said he was punched in the face while walking to work in an attack that’s rare in a country where politicians often mingle with the public in stores, bars and sports arenas.

James Shaw, the climate change minister and co-leader of the Green Party, was walking past Wellington’s Botanic Garden just before 8 a.m. yesterday when a man started talking to him before grabbing him and punching him several times.

Two people came along to help and the man jumped in a vehicle and drove away. Shaw suffered a black eye and grazes on his wrist, Stevens said.

Police said a 47-year-old man was arrested.

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