Co-leaders James Shaw and Marama Davidson said they were ‘taking this matter very seriously.’
Green List MP Elizabeth Kerekere is under fire from party bosses after allegedly sending the message to a group chat of Green MPs and staff disparaging fellow Green Chloe Swarbrick. In the message she called Swarbrick a ‘crybaby.’
The message was sent to the group chat by mistake while Swarbrick was addressing the House on her proposed Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Harm Minimisation) Amendment Bill last night. As Swarbrick spoke, Green MP Golriz Ghahraman, who was seated behind her, could be seen reacting in shock to something on her phone, with some commentators believing it was a reaction to Kerekere’s errant message.
This seems to be the moment Elizabeth Kerekere messaged a group chat and called Chlöe Swarbrick a ‘crybaby’.
Golriz Ghahraman, shook. pic.twitter.com/MCgKLXYEaq
— Aaron Dahmen (@dahmenaaron) April 6, 2023
A screenshot of the message was leaked to RNZ, and read:
‘Sucks that her bill goes through during list ranking! Please Universe, pick my bill tomorrow…omg what a crybaby.’
When RNZ asked Kerekere for comment on the message she denied calling Swarbrick a ‘crybaby’.
In response party co-leaders Shaw and Davidson decided to launch a full-blown investigation.
In a statement they said:
‘It is not what anyone expects from our MPs, all of whom work tirelessly to deliver positive change for Aotearoa. We have a long history of celebrating our individual and collective successes together. Dr Elizabeth Kerekere’s message appears to go against those values and will be looked into fully.’