Kerekere slams Greens co-leaders

Stuff reports:

Embattled Green MP Elizabeth Kerekere has finally spoken out about the party’s investigation into her, hitting out at the co-leaders.

Kerekere told Green Party members, who will ultimately decide her fate, that she believes the Green co-leaders, James Shaw and Marama Davidson, have made it very difficult for her to continue as an MP.

This is a real escalation. If the members now vote to keep Kerekere in a winnable spot, it is an effective vote of no confidence in the co-leaders.

She also denied calling Chlöe Swarbrick “a crybaby”, saying it was actually a response to another message – and she was talking about herself. That crybaby message, which was accidentally sent to the entire Green caucus, led to the Green Party commissioning its own investigation into Kerekere’s conduct – and other bullying allegations surfacing against her.

Sure, you were referring to yourself when you said “OMG, what a crybaby”.

Kerekere broke her silence during a Zoom call with about 400 Green Party members at 8pm on Friday. Sources who attended the meeting told Stuff that Kerekere criticised the investigation process, and said she’d only received its terms of reference on Wednesday.

If correct, that is ridiculous.

Sources from the meeting said Kerekere directly criticised Shaw and Davidson, claiming they had declined opportunities to de-escalate the crybaby saga. She suggested she felt pushed from the party.

Again, hard to see how this ends well.

UPDATE: Kerekere has resigned as a Green Party MP and will sit as an independent until the election.

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