National MP Chris Bishop sports mullet for charity, jokingly mocked by colleague

While some Kiwis lined up at midnight to have their first haircut in weeks, National MP Chris Bishop has decided to sport a mullet for a good cause.

Alert level 2 has brought with it the first chance for New Zealanders to head to the hairdressers, with many looking forward to their mop getting a chop.

But Bishop, the MP for Hutt South, has done something different, instead unveiling what he is calling the "Bishmullet". 

For every $1000 Bishop receives via a GiveALittle page, he will keep the long, dark locks for a day. He's aiming to raise $10,000. Since going live on Thursday - prior to the reveal - Bishop has got $2363, which will go to the Good Bitches Baking charity.

"Their mission is to make New Zealand the kindest place on earth by providing those who are going through some tough times with a baked treat to brighten their day," Bishop says.

"From families with children in hospital, to women and children fleeing domestic violence, to residents in hospice, Good Bitches Baking is there to give them a moment of sweetness and remind them that people care."

The MP says the Wildflower salon in Lower Hutt created the mullet for him on Friday morning and he plans to wear it "everywhere" he goes. 

"The Bishmullet will attend Parliament, it will come with me as I get coffee, it will be with me as I take [his dog] Ladyhawke for evening walks along the Petone Esplanade - so long as the money keeps coming in!"

The mullet has already been spotted in the House. Bishop's colleague Brett Hudson isn't a fan though, questioning how the "abomination of a 'do [can] be permitted in the House".

But Bishop isn't the first National MP to recently appear to have a mullet.

His leader, Simon Bridges, looked to have one back in November after someone with long hair stood directly behind him.