When Shane Jones describes National Party frontbencher Paul Goldsmith as being like a dentist, he means it in the nicest possible way.

The New Zealand First Cabinet minister was describing how Goldsmith would get very close to hitting a nerve with the clinical interrogations of Jones in Parliament's Question Time over the Provincial Growth Fund.

It earned Goldsmith respect and a promotion three weeks ago from his good friend and running mate, leader Simon Bridges.

"I used to have a bit of fun with Goldie," Jones told Newstalk ZB last week. "His approach is that of dentist. He is drilling

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