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Answer the question Mr Little: Labour leader gets repetitive, won't answer straight on Ardern link

It seems Labour leader Andrew Little isn't keen to answer questions about the father of one of his MPs that is linked to a hotel deal in Niue that he has criticised.

ONE News reporter Jessica Mutch wanted Andrew Little to explain the link between a hotel deal in Niue and the father of an MP. He didn't. Source: 1 NEWS

Mr Little yesterday came out swinging about the fact that the Scenic Hotel Group was given the contract to run the Matavai Resort on the tiny Pacific island, weeks after the chain's founder gave a donation to the National Party.

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully and Scenic have denied there is anything amiss, but that hasn't stopped Mr Little speaking out about the deal, saying it stinks.

It emerged today that the father of Jacinda Ardern, Ross Ardern, is a trustee owner of the resort, and would have helped appoint the hotel's board of directors, who organised the contract tender.

Mr Little was asked repeatedly by ONE News if his accusations reflected badly on Mr Ardern, but he wasn't biting, giving the same stock answer every time.

"What I care about is the fact that somebody who donated over $100,000 to the National Party, one month later gets a contract to run a hotel, and then several months later gets $7.5m," he said.

"That's got to be investigated."