Marama Fox of the Maori Party and ACT's David Seymour exchanged frank views on making Te Reo Maori compulsory in schools.
"You don't have the right to commander other people's children to grow your vision of what a country should be like," Mr Seymour said.
The Maori Party co-leader said learning Te Reo Maori was "about growing understanding in this nation".
"The new generation coming up, they don't mind at all."
The ACT leader bit back saying: "I'm not supportive of using some people's children to achieve a political project for people in Wellington, apart from all the practical difficulties we don't actually have enough Te Reo teachers."
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