ACT Party leader David Seymour crashes electric bike in Parnell, Auckland

ACT Party leader David Seymour had a near escape after falling off an electric bike on Sunday.

On top of the scary moment, Seymour said he received abuse while lying dazed on the road.  

After leaving Holy Trinity Cathedral's Commonwealth service on Sunday evening, Seymour was cycling on Parnell Road when the incident occurred.   

Seymour told Newshub he didn't see an oncoming car, hit the brakes a bit too hard, and cartwheeled over the handlebars.

"I slammed on the brakes and realised I was going to cartwheel over, but I also realised I was still going to hit the car so I slammed on the brakes harder and over I went," Seymour said.   

Seymour said he wasn't injured besides being in shock and a sore wrist, but revealed the abuse he received while sitting on a traffic island.   

"While I'm sitting on the traffic island in a state of shock, some guy comes over and starts filming me. I thought 'that's a bit weird' and then he says in a British accent 'you know what, sometimes you get exactly what you deserve'," Seymour told Newshub.

"He then said 'look what you're doing to Māori, you're just a trust fund baby who's out of touch with reality'.

"I thought 'I am Māori, and I don't have a trust fund'."

Seymour has come under fire by many quarters recently for his Treaty Principles Bill and is also a part of the coalition Government that has told government departments to use English titles ahead of te reo Māori titles.  

Seymour isn't the first politician to come a cropper after crashing an electric vehicle this year.  

Former National Party leader and now Auckland Business Chamber chief executive Simon Bridges was taken to hospital in January after he hit a bump while on an electric scooter breaking his wrist and hurting his face.  

Bridges, who was wearing a cast on his left arm, told AM last month he felt very lucky his injuries weren't worse.   

"I mean the horror stories you hear about people on e-scooters and just the orthopedic surgeons and the stories they tell me," he said.   

"I'm not calling for anything around it, but personally though, as a middle-aged man, I will never get back on one."