Metiria Turei abandons Twitter account due to 'hasslers'

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 04:  Metiria Turei speaks while James Shaw looks on during a press conference on August 4, 2017 in Wellington, New Zealand. The Green Party co-leader came under fire following her admissions that she enrolled at a false address to vote for a friend. Metiria Turei confirmed she would not stand down as co-leader of the party, but would not be seeking a ministerial position after the general election on September 23.  (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
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Former Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei has announced she will be abandoning her Twitter account due to "hasslers".

Ms Turei was leader of the Green Party before resigning less than two months out from the General Election after admitting that she committed benefit fraud while raising her child during a campaign speech.

She had been active on the platform for four years, and thanked her followers for their support during that time.

"I'm going to have to abandon this TW account because of hasslers. I'm on twitter still but I will come find you. Thank you for your years of hilarity and support."

Responses to the tweet were generally supportive, thanking Ms Turei to her contribution to politics but a little digging can show the "hasslers" she was leaving the platform to avoid.

When Ms Turei tweeted her reaction to the announcement that Winston Peters would be forming a Government with Labour, a user replied to the tweet blaming her for a poor result for the Greens on election night.

"Not sure what you're on, you nearly cost us 5%. Thank f**k for James and his energy to mitigate what you did and bring us back. Go home."

Other users have been replying to unrelated tweets to ask her when she will be meeting with WINZ in regards to her benefit fraud in the 1990s.