Deputy PM Sepuloni blasts Seymour's Guy Fawkes 'joke' about Ministry for Pacific Peoples

ACT leader David Seymour said "we'd send a guy called Guy Fawkes in there [the Ministry for Pacific Peoples] and it'd be all over".

The Deputy Prime Minister has hit out at the ACT leader's comments where he implied he'd blow up the Ministry for Pacific Peoples.

David Seymour told Newstalk ZB on Thursday he would keep his pledge to abolish the Ministry of Pacific Peoples.

"In my fantasy, we'd send a guy called Guy Fawkes in there and it'd be all over, but we'll probably have to have a more formal approach than that."

Guy Fawkes was an English soldier who attempted to blow up Westminster Palace in London in 1605.

Seymour added what he said was "clearly a joke."

Deputy Prime Minister Carmel Sepuloni said the comments were unnecessary.

"This is so typical of David Seymour, particularly with Pasifika and Māori, just constantly race baiting and causing division where it doesn't need to happen," she said.

Government agencies representing certain groups in society are there because "clearly inequities still exist".

Sepuloni argued representative agencies are "really important."

Green Party MP Golriz Ghahraman also took a swipe at Seymour.

"Just a man who received donations from known white supremacists making a 'joke' about his fantasy to bomb brown people institutions," she tweeted.

One Twitter user also jumped on the topic, comparing Seymour's jokes to those of a famous US politician.

"It was [former US President Donald] Trump who used to 'joke' about violence, knowing full well what he was doing."

The comments come after news broke of the Ministry spending nearly $40,000 on a farewell for former chief executive Leauanae Laulu Mac Leauanae.

Seymour blasted the spend, saying "you've got to be kidding" at the time.