NZ First’s president called a sudden party meeting on Saturday to deal with “concerning issues” that were said to involve a rift.
New president Lester Gray flew into Nelson with the party’s judicial officer, lawyer Brian Henry. One source said he was demanding members toe the party line, or face expulsion.
Members across parts of the South Island received an email late on Friday morning, calling them to the meeting the following day.
The members met at a Nelson hotel on Saturday afternoon. There were claims of a rift between senior members, but Gray denied that.
The short-notice invitation from Gray said “this week I have been notified of some potentially concerning issues for the NZ First Party. We have therefore called a special meeting in Nelson for Saturday.”
However, Gray said it was a standard electorate meeting, with the agenda closed to members.
So it was a standard electorate meeting except he called it as President, saying it is a special meeting to deal with potentially concerning issues.
Not a very convincing denial.