I'm nothing like Donald Trump, insists Winston Peters

Winston Peters has rejected suggestions there are any similarities between himself and US President Donald Trump.

The comparison was most recently made by UK far-right leader Nigel Farage.

"I know him, and I like him," Mr Farage, formerly leader of the UK's nationalist UKIP, told Newshub Nation in June.

"He was over this year, earlier. I took him to a cricket match. He's a great character... and he finds himself in an extraordinary role in New Zealand politics right now."

Mr Farage suggested New Zealand could head in a Trumpian direction because  of "our own version of Trump" in Mr Peters, who for the past six weeks has been Acting Prime Minister.

Mr Peters however isn't having any of it.

"I don't think he was right about that," he told Newshub Nation on Saturday.

"Nothing's similar about me and Donald Trump. You know that."

Shane Jones, NZ First MP, last year was photographed wearing a hat reading "Make New Zealand great again" - paraphrasing the US President's infamous red "Make America Great Again" hats.