New Zealand First's Andrew Williams speaks at an event at
the Kumeu Baptist Church. Photo: New Zealand Herald
New Zealand First MP Andrew Williams has been dumped by
the party after antagonising its hierarchy by publicly
complaining about his demotion in the party's draft list.
The New Zealand Herald can confirm Mr Williams is absent from
the party's list, due for release either today or tomorrow,
and will no longer stand in the seat of East Coast Bays.
This would effectively mean the end his career as a New
Zealand First MP.
Current MP Asenati Lole-Taylor has been dropped to number 16
on the list, which means she will almost certainly not return
She previously embarrassed the party by claiming that the
Reserve Bank of New Zealand was foreign owned.
Party leader Winston Peters hinted at Mr Williams' dumping
yesterday when he said he was "very concerned" that one of
his MPs appeared to have broken party confidentiality by
speaking publicly about the selection process.
Breaching confidentiality was "very serious", he said.
Mr Williams told the Herald last week that the party deputy
leader, Tracey Martin, saw him as a threat and wanted him
He blamed her and her mother, party president Anne Martin,
for his fall from number 3 to 13 on a draft of the party
list, a position so low that his return to Parliament would
be highly unlikely.
New Zealand First's list is decided by a List Ranking
Committee which includes the leader, deputy leader,
president, vice-presidents and directors.
Mr Peters, Tracey Martin and Anne Martin would not comment on
the matter today, citing confidentiality.
Anne Martin said last week that she was disappointed in Mr
Williams, but today would not discuss whether he had breached
party rules by speaking to media about his list ranking.
Mr Williams did not immediately respond to requests for
He was the mayor of North Shore from 2007 to 2010.
He has been a controversial figure and, in 2009, sent a
series of "obnoxious and aggressive" text messages to Prime
Minister John Key. The same year he left a message on the
answer machine of then-Christchurch mayor Bob Parker,
complaining about the city's nightlife and "third world"
Mr Williams blamed his erratic behaviour on prescription
painkillers and a lack of sleep.
He made headlines again in 2010 for urinating outside his
council building after drinking at a nearby bar, then driving
Earlier this year, two New Zealand First employees received
payouts after what they described as "bullying" by Mr
- Derek Cheng of the NZ Herald