Green MP Julie Ann Genter has publicly apologised to Laila Harre for criticising comments Harre made about her reasons for leaving the Greens in an interview.

Harre had claimed she left her role as issues director with the Green Party because she was unhappy with the way the Greens had handled a rebuffed attempt for a united campaign front with the Labour Party, claiming the Greens had leaked it.

On Twitter yesterday, Genter took Harre to task over that, saying it did not tally with the timing of her departure or Genter's recollection of what happened.

This morning Genter backtracked, tweeting: "Truly sorry @lailaharre for tweets re @TheSpinoffTV i/v y'day - regret any slight to your integrity - hope to put in past. #ChangeTheGovt"


Harre has now re-joined the Labour Party and is considering standing as a candidate in the election, possibly in Auckland Central. The Green Party and Labour are in a more formal relationship after signing a memorandum of understanding.

This weekend Labour leader Andrew Little and Green co-leader Metiria Turei will deliver their state of the nation addresses together in Auckland.