Politics Live Blog - April 15-21

Glenn McConnell
Glenn McConnell

Seymour hits back after Luxon rebukes him over Waitangi Tribunal comments

ACT leader and senior minister David Seymour has hit back after Prime Minister Christopher Luxon called his criticism of the Waitangi Tribunal "ill considered".

Luxon said he would ensure both Seymour, and NZ First MP and minister Shane Jones, clearly received his message of concern about their critiques.

Speaking to reporters in Manila, Luxon said he hadn't had the chance to speak to either minister. But he said he wasn't happy with their critiques of the Tribunal when asked if he thought they could breach the Cabinet Manual.

"I haven't had a chance to talk to them, but that message will be underscored to them," he said.

"Those remarks, I think are ill-considered. I think ministers need to exercise good judgement."

Stuff asked Seymour if he accepted the prime minister's message, and if he agreed his comments had been "ill-considered".
But Seymour isn't backing down.

“I’m surprised to hear this, if you have a concern about another leader’s comments you should raise them directly rather than through media, which is what I now intend to do," Seymour said.

Jones was also approached for comment.
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