Former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig says his future in politics is not over.
He told TV3's Paul Henry programme this morning his fate was up to his supporters and whether they could forgive him for his mistakes.
The party's board all but dissolved yesterday, possibly paving the way for Colin Craig to claim back the leadership in an ironic twist.
Six out of the 10 board members resigned on Tuesday in the wake of Mr Craig's admission of inappropriate conduct with his former press secretary Rachel MacGregor.
"Nothing is over until it's over," he said. "I'm an ordinary person and I don't always get everything right and I've never made the pretence that I do.
"The serious allegations here are false and so, for me, it's about whether or not the supporters can forgive me and support me and if not that's fine I accept that."
Mr Craig said members would not flee the party in face of this week's scandal.
Regional committee members and leaders had already put their hands up to form a "provisional board" to go forward, he said.
"I would be very surprised if there was anyone other than John Stringer left [on the party's board] by the end of the week. Very surprised," he said.
He refused to say whether he had fallen in love with Ms MacGregor, responding: "I fell in love with a wonderful woman 23 years ago...I have always been in love with my wife."