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John Key: Profile of a trichophiliac


trichophilia definition - John Key - cafe waitress


It seems that our esteemed Prime Minister has a certain on-going fascination with other people’s hair. Especially those of girls and young women…

17 March 2014 – it seems that Key’s penchant for hair-touching is not exclusive to young women and little girls, as ex-CERA boss, Roger Sutton, discovered;


trichophilia definition - John Key - hair fetish - Top 10 awkward John Key moments - roger sutton - CERA - Christchurch


7 April 2014 – on ‘Campbell Live‘, at Matakana Village Farmers’ Market, Key copped a quick feel of the little blond girl’s hair;


trichophilia definition - John Key - hair fetish - child - Campbell Live - Youtube

[click on above image to watch  full video on Youtube]


27 May 2014 – from National MP,  Amy Adams’ website;


trichophilia definition - John Key - hair fetish - child - amy adams website


6 June 2014* –  Prime Minister John Key at opening of  Nelson Young Parents School at Auckland Point school last year;

Multiple sources:

Media story

Full image with text (Hat-tip:  Richard Hills)

Establishing date of image (*)




Un-dated – Details unknown, from TVNZ story, 23 April;


trichophilia definition - John Key - hair fetish - child - Minister for Women slammed for ponytail-pulling stance - TVNZ - TV1 News


From a blogpost from an obvious National-Party supporter comes this remarkable story. Remarkable because of the way the father trivialises the matter.

Un-dated – “Political Business“;

My 12-year old daughter watched the TV news last night and exclaimed ‘that’s what the Prime Minister did at Te Papa to my two friends”.

She was talking about the NZ Prime Minister John Key pulling the ponytail of a cafe worker, and previous footage of him touching a young girl’s ponytail.

The issue has gone off the water-cooler scale of local and international talkability.

My daughter’s experience, and my own in seeing John Key’s physical stand-offishness prior to becoming PM, indicates a developing pattern in how this super-confident PM has come to interact with his ‘subjects’.

There is nothing wrong, per se, in having a harmless hair fetish. Many in the population have fetishes – another example of the wide spectrum of human nature and sexuality.

Where the problem arises is when Key has harassed a cafe worker, and is also seen to have some sort of proclivity to touching other peoples’ children’s hair.

This is just not acceptable.

It must stop, or the Prime Minister must step down and seek professional help.

Meanwhile, the consequences of Key’s actions – if he doesn’t resign in disgrace – will be long-lasting. Just one implication of his behaviour, as I outlined in this letter-to-the-editor of The Dominion Post;


from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com>
to: Dominion Post <letters@dompost.co.nz>
date: Thu, Apr 23, 2015
subject: Letter to the editor

The editor
Dominion Post

Every parent in the country will now be keeping a wary eye on John Key whenever he’s around their kids or daughters…

I’m sure teachers will be hovering around in the background, along with journos and photographers. The moment he touches a kid’s hair, a dozen cameras will be going off like machine guns…

For the rest of his career, people’s eyes will be on him – and not in a good way.


-Frank Macskasy

[Address & phone number supplied.]




Fairfax media: Top 10 awkward John Key moments

Amy Adams, MP for Selwyn: Prime Minister John Key jokes with Brooke Coburn about cutting her hair (Hat-tip:  Greg Presland)

NZ Herald: PM Key pulls girl’s hair on Campbell Live last year

Youtube: NZ Prime Minister pulls little girl’s hair

Fairfax media: Minister for Women standing by Prime Minister after ponytail incident

TVNZ: Minister for Women slammed for ponytail-pulling stance

“Political Business” blog: Pulling Tales

Previous related blogposts



it's never ok to touch someone without their consent


This blogpost was first published on The Daily Blog on 25 April 2015.



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  1. Deb Kean
    30 April 2015 at 5:21 pm

    Interesting, thank you Frank! I am forwarding to some friends,

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