Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse has taken a no nonsense approach to dealing with a "redneck" on his Facebook page.

In response to a post on the Dunedin-based MP's Facebook page about a recent conference on immigration, Mark Lambert posted the comment: "Here's a question n answer in one, when are we going to get tough n say no more immigrants? And if yr answer is why then you need to go to specsavers, then remove yr self from my page .... [sic]".

Mr Woodhouse snapped back, pointing out Mr Lambert had in fact posted on his Facebook page.

"I think you'll find you're on my page you redneck," he replied.

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Undeterred, Mr Lambert, who appeared to be a UK resident, attempted a more abusive approach in making his point, saying "F*** you hope I get to meet you real soon f***ing melt.. [sic]".

The cabinet minister responded again only minutes later, saying an encounter was doubtful.

"Mark Lambert, unlikely, NZ has a strict no dickheads rule."

Mr Woodhouse's blunt response drew praise from fellow Facebook users, with dozens liking the comments and one saying "brilliant banter".