National MP Maggie Barry has been twice investigated over bullying claims this year - including accusations she expected staff to do political party work on taxpayer time, which would be unlawful.

The Weekend Herald can reveal two employees in Barry's four-person office have accused her of bullying since May - one in a personal grievance complaint, and the other during the investigation of that complaint.

Neither staff member now works for Barry, the MP for the North Shore and the former host of Maggie's Garden Show, a once-beloved staple of New Zealand television.

Barry concedes there were issues raised

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