ACT leader John Banks has told a Christian radio station he believes the Bible's account of how life started on earth.
Mr Banks told Radio Rhema on Monday he believed God made the world in six days, with Adam and Eve his last act of creation, the New Zealand Herald reports.
"That's what I believe, but I'm not going to impose my beliefs on other people, especially in this post-Christian era we live in, especially in these lamentable times," he said.
Mr Banks is an associate minister of education and is promoting charter schools - a partnership between the government and private enterprise.
"There are reactionaries out there, humanists in particular, that overrun the bureaucracies in Wellington and state education," he told Radio Rhema.
Bible scholars are divided over whether the Old Testament account of how God made the world is a literal description or an allegory to help people understand how the world came into being, the Herald reported.