NZ First leader Winston Peters has expelled MP Brendan Horan from the NZ First caucus, saying he has no confidence in Mr Horan's ability to continue as a member of Parliament.
Mr Peters told Parliament about the decision today, saying he had seen evidence relating to allegations Mr Horan had misappropriated money from his late mother and that needed to be treated seriously. Mr Peters said he had conducted as thorough and investigation as possible into those allegations.
He earlier put Mr Horan on leave and told him to try to clear up allegations about money going missing from his late mother's bank accounts.
Earlier today, Mr Horan's lawyers issued a statement on his behalf, saying he rejected any suggestion he had misappropriated money and was confident a full investigation would exonerate him.
The suspension does not mean Mr Horan has to leave Parliament. He can stay on as an independent MP. Mr Peters said he believed Mr Horan was honour bound to leave Parliament altogether.