Watch: Simon Bridges caught with meat pie on face

Simon Bridges showed up to a media interview with pie on his face - prompting a new nickname, "Simon the Pieman".

The Economic Development Minister was talking about the Civil Defence emergency facing the country when a journalist alerted him to the piece of pastry on his bottom lip.

He confirmed it was leftover lunch.

"Yeah, sorry I've just had a pie... It was really good"

After a quick wipe, Mr Bridges asked "Is it gone?

He then carried on talking about how concerned he was about Cyclone Cook.