ACT Party leader David Seymour described himself as an "awkward sex symbol" and took part in a round of "shoot, shag, marry" with a reporter for Otago University's Critic Magazine.
The interview is so outlandish the editor prefaced it with a note declaring it all real.
"I just want to make it 100% clear that this is a real interview. All the quotes were actually spoken by David Seymour to Critic reporter Caroline Moratti, in a very awkward interview," the editor wrote at the top of the article.
In the article, Mr Seymour is asked who he would "shoot, marry, shag", out of politicians Gareth Morgan, Winston Peters and Steven Joyce.
"Well, I'd marry Gareth Morgan, for the money, obviously. Well, for his son's money," Mr Seymour is quoted saying.
"I would shoot Winston Peters, just to do New Zealand a favour. And I'd shag Steven Joyce just to see his silly grin bobbing up and down."
When asked whether Dancing with the Stars had made him a sex symbol, Mr Seymour went with the affirmative.
"I'm sort of a symbol for awkward sex, like the kind you'd have in your first O-Week."
Mr Seymour is just the latest party leader to have courted controversy with comments they would be unlikely to repeat in a more formal setting.
Greens co-leader Marama Davidson used the C-word several times at a rally against racism, saying she was reclaiming the word after having it used against her online.
National leader Simon Bridges came in for criticism after he said the Prime Minister's baby would go to school in boys' clothing because of her parents' politics. The comments were made during a Radio Hauraki interview.