NZ First President Kevin Gardener has confirmed the party has
shut down of its social media pages but is downplaying
reports the move is linked to the leader of the party's youth
wing, Curwen Rolinson.
Mr Rolinson reportedly posted on Facebook that the party's
board of directors had tabled and accepted a complaint
against his ongoing membership.
He has also been reported as saying Leader Winston Peters
ordered all of the party's social media pages be shut down
until the complaint is heard.
But Mr Gardener told the Herald, "a lot of that is someone
talking to their keyboard".
However, he confirmed the party's social media pages had been
suspended until after the party's annual conference in
Christchurch this weekend.
That was part of wider considerations of a number of issues.
"We're looking at things is all. Whether Curwen is involved
in that is another story."
Mr Gardener was reluctant to comment further.
"The convention's so close and we don't want anything mucking
Mr Rolinson, a self-avowed "Muldoonist" has courted minor
controversy several times since joining the party, attracting
police attention for his protest against the Government
outside the Parnell cafe where Prime Minister John Key and
Act's John Banks were meeting for their infamous cup of tea
before the 2011 election.
- By Adam Bennett of the New Zealand Herald