NZ First Leader Winston Peters clashed with his former
political protege Brendan Horan during their first time in
Parliament together since Mr Peters threw Mr Horan out of his
Following a meeting last night NZ First's board confirmed Mr
Horan's membership of the party had ended.
Mr Horan was expelled from the NZ First caucus a week earlier
amid allegations he took money from his dying mother's bank
account to gamble.
On his way into Parliament this afternoon Mr Horan said he
found out about the board's decision only from the media this
morning. He said he had suffered a similar fate to that of
former Labour Party MP Chris Carter who was expelled from his
In that case, unlike NZ First last night, Labour followed
"due process'' by giving Mr Carter the opportunity to defend
During Mr Peter's questioning of Prime Minister John Key
about a deal to allow China Southern Airlines' frequent
flyers easier visa requirements when visiting New Zealand, Mr
Horan seized an opportunity to ask a supplementary question.
"Does the Prime Minister agree that natural justice and due
process are relevant in the administration of the Immigration
Act?'' he asked.
Picking up on Mr Horan's line, Mr Key said they were relevant
"and I think it's important to be consistent when one's
"I know that selection of people when they come to New
Zealand is difficult but when there's 171,000 a year that's
challenging, but when it's one of eight you'd think you'd get
it right'' Mr Key said to laughter from MPs across the House.
Mr Horan was one of eight NZ First MPs including Mr Peters
elected to Parliament last year.
The exchange prompted Mr Horan's former caucus colleague
Richard Prosser to tweet a suggestion that Mr Horan's
question had been written for him by National.