Seymour joined AM on Monday morning and told the show a lot of people like that he “respectfully” stands by his values despite being in a challenging environment.
He used Waitangi as an example, saying “a lot” of the customs and traditions are designed to “intimidate you”.
When pressed about his comment about Waitangi being designed to “intimidate” people, Seymour said from his experience “a lot of the customs are literally challenges”.
“A lot of the tikanga, for example, the laying down of the wero. I mean, that is literally a challenge,” he said.
“A lot of the debates on the marae is really face-to-face, not unlike the set-up that you have in a Parliament,” he told AM.
“So, yes, it is a challenging environment, literally and metaphorically but the message we get is people like that you’ve got a set of values and you clearly and politely articulate them respectfully but firmly.”
The conversation on AM came about after a new political poll showed ACT’s support rising amid the lead-up to and over Waitangi Day.
The latest New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union-Curia poll was carried out between February 1-7, a period dominated by two political events – Waitangi Day and shock resignations inside the Green Party.
The poll results showed a surge in support for ACT – up 5.6 points to 13.7 percent.