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John Key, Andrew Little join Big Gay Out festivities

MP's from both sides of the political spectrum have turned up at Auckland' Big Gay Out to show their support for the LGBT community.

MP’S have been out in force to show their support at the colourful Auckland event. Source: 1 NEWS

The community makes up to 10 per cent of the New Zealand population so politicians were keen to get among the festivities that drew hundreds of people to Point Chevalier this afternoon.

"We want to firstly support the community, I mean I voted for gay marriage and was happy to do so," said John Key, who was mobbed when he turned up at the event but later booed on stage.

Labour Leader Andrew Little and his fellow MP's received a much warmer welcome but stressed that their presence wasn't about garnering votes.

"It's not political, it's about showing a bit of support, a bit of tautoku, for the event," says Mr Little.

Those at the event agreed, saying the event was about allowing them to celebrate their identity.

"No-one really cares about their campaigning, it's a day for us," one festival-goer told ONE News.

"It's kind of not the place to bring politics into I don't think," said another.

However, Mr Little did come with a message, saying that more funding is needed to help the Human Rights Commission continue its work to reduce prejudice against sexual minority groups in New Zealand.