Simon Bridges says that Jacinda Ardern should have dealt with Meka Whaitiri such as Key of Clark & # 39; would have.
"What I would have done is pretty simple – I got the minister and asked her what happened," he told The AM Show on Monday.
Ms. Whaitiri has been released from her portfolios while an investigation into a temporary employment is being carried out. Newshub understands that it is claimed that there must be cheating.
"Meka Whaitiri told me that she will fully participate in the research, which will be thorough and carried out as soon as possible," Ardern said Thursday.
Mr. Bridges says there should be no investigation if Mrs. Whaitiri pushes someone.
"I can tell you what Key or Clark would have done – it's pretty simple … I thought it was a fairly simple conversation between Prime Minister and Minister, and it should be possible to resolve it quickly."
He said that there are "always" disputes in the offices of ministers, "pushing, pushing, physical contact is completely different".
"If Meka Whaitiri can not tell the prime minister what's going on, that's enough because a prime minister needs confidence in her."
Ms. Whaitiri is minister of Customs and Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Local Government and Crown / Māori relations. Although she has been relieved of her portfolio for the time being, she remains co-chairman of Labor & # 39; s Māori-caucus.
"In this country we go through certain processes, and they have to go through a process", said Labor Commissioner Maori Willie Jackson on Saturday to Newshub Nation.
"She is still the MP for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti, she is still the co-chairman, along with myself, for the Māori-caucus, and I think all New Zealanders agree that there must be an investigation and a trial go through before we try to close Meka Whaitiri. "