NZ First's board says beleaguered MP Brendan Horan has relinquished his party membership by declaring himself an independent MP.
Leader Winston Peters issued a one-sentence press release at about 9pm.
That followed a two-and-a-quarter hour board meeting, NZ First board chairman Kevin Gardener, of Nelson, told NBR ONLINE.
"It wasn't all about Brendan. It was just a monthly Skype call and there's lots of other things to talk about."
Earlier today, Mr Horan told Parliament's speaker he should be regarded as an independent MP.
Mr Gardener says under section 10 of NZ First's constitution Mr Horan had effectively terminated his membership.
"That doesn't need to be confirmed, really. He just did it – that's it."
The constitution says membership may be terminated by voluntary resignation.
Mr Peters sacked Mr Horan from the party's caucus last week, over family allegations relating to money apparently missing from his dying mother's bank account.
It has since emerged Mr Horan used his parliamentary-funded mobile phone to call betting agency TAB.
Mr Gardener says the party will carry on with one MP short and there's no need for Helen Mulford, number nine on NZ First's party list, to step in because Mr Horan is still in Parliament.
Does Mr Gardener see Mr Horan's loss as a blow?
"No, absolutely not. It's decisive by the leader and the board stands by his judgement."
Mr Gardener says Mr Peters "intimated" to the board why he sacked Mr Horan last week.
"Compared with prior [controversies], I think NZ First is pretty clean this time. We're making sure we're staying clean."
Leader Winston Peter's press release says: "New Zealand First Board confirmed tonight that Brendan Horan, by his own action in notifying the speaker that he be regarded as an independent Member of Parliament, had in doing so, relinquished his membership of the New Zealand First political party."
Mr Horan has vowed to clear his name and said earlier today more will be revealed in the coming days.
This article is tagged with the following keywords. Find out more about MyNBR Tags
- Xero directors Drury, Winkler and Morgan cash in on 35% share price rally
- Kirk Hope rumoured front-runner for top job at BusinessNZ, replacing O'Reilly
- Dimension Data restructures, top salesman leaves
- Bizarre gay dating app dispute reaches NZ courts
- Tech expert's complaint about 'snake oil' ad upheld
Most listened to
- Campbell Gibson, Nick Grant and Chelsea Armitage chat about the inner workings of New Zealand media
- Paul Brislen discusses the 'snake oil' sales tactics of SalesConcepts
- Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings reveals his ambitious China plan
- UDC Finance chief executive Wayne Percival talks about the company's profit
- Hamish McNicol discusses the latest court stories
- Trilogy International CEO Angela Buglass reviews another bumper result
- Eroad CEO Steven Newman talks about his company's revenue increase
- What do the latest terrorism attacks in Mali and Israel mean? Nathan Smith discusses the latest foreign affairs news
- NZ Windfarms departing director Michael Stiassny speaks out after board exit
- James Mayo talks about SOS Hydration's growth plans after Snowball offer
- Michael Wood on whether he would run in Mt Roskill
- SAFE's Abi Izzard quizzed over protest of a caged hen operation at Pukekohe