Dunedin Act member meeting MPs

Hilary Calvert - the Dunedin woman next in line to succeed Act New Zealand MP Heather Roy should she quit Parliament - is in Wellington and plans to meet party MPs today.

However, Ms Calvert is refusing to say if her meetings will include one with Act party leader Rodney Hide to discuss taking Mrs Roy's place in Parliament.

Ms Calvert is No 6 on the party's list, and would be likely to replace Mrs Roy if she decided to resign following her replacement as Act deputy leader last week.

When contacted last night, Ms Calvert confirmed she was in Wellington on a personal trip, but planned to visit Act MPs at Parliament today and meet "whoever has a moment for me".

She would not say if that would include Mr Hide.

"I have spoken to him in the last few days just to keep me up with the play ... just in case it turns into something I'm more interested in than the average person.

"I will see some of them [today], but it depends how busy they are and what they are up to."

Mrs Roy lost her position as deputy leader on August 17.

She has since been on leave considering her future, surrounded by controversy over the leaking of explosive documents she had prepared to defend herself, NZPA reported.

The notes accused party leader Rodney Hide of being a bully and working to undermine her.

Her ministerial adviser, Simon Ewing-Jarvie, has admitted he leaked the notes to the media.

Mrs Roy's relationship with Mr Ewing-Jarvie is also being questioned, and a Sunday newspaper reported she spent last Friday night at his home.

Mr Hide said yesterday ACT was considering whether there was a way back for Mrs Roy.

"The difficulty she's got is that she has put herself into a position where there are a lot of tough questions to be asked," he said.

"We're very supportive of Heather, but it's a hard time."

Ms Calvert told the ODT she had not spoken to Mrs Roy, but added: "I don't hear anything from Heather that suggests she is about to resign, so your guess is probably as good as mine."

chris.morris@odt.co.nz

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