Prime Minister John Key has further soured relations with Tuhoe by joking this morning that if he had a meal with them he would have been on the menu - taken by some to be a suggestion they were cannibals.
Speaking at the launch of the Government's Budget tourism package, Mr Key said he had earlier this week had dinner with Ngati Porou representatives.
"As I said, the good news was that I was having dinner with Ngati Porou as opposed to their neighbouring iwi, which is Tuhoe, in which case I would have been the dinner," he said to the audience of about 200 from the tourism sector.
Mr Key said he was sure Tuhoe would get the joke.
We're sure that many Tuhoe will have had a bit of a chuckle at Key's remark. But we daresay that the faux outrage on display has more to do with the state of the negotiations between the government and Tuhoe.
We reckon Tamati Kruger and Te Ururoa Flavell need to lighten up a bit. Life's too short to take offence at everything fellas!
UPDATE: Right on cue, The Standard is laying into John Key over this; it's worth going over there just to have a read of the comments. Hand-wringing, humourless lefties are out in force today!