National Party refuses to say if women MPs were interviewed in culture review

For weeks, the National Party has been sitting on the results of a review into its culture that was launched to ensure women in the party feel safe.

However, the party is refusing to say if women MPs were interviewed. 

All is hunky dory with National, according to the man at the top. President Peter Goodfellow told Newshub on Tuesday the culture in the party is "very good". 

But Goodfellow has been sitting on the results of a review into the party's culture for weeks. 

When asked if the National Party is a safe place for women to work, Goodfellow said: "Yes, I believe so," but added: "Well, obviously, there are some changes."

Six months ago there was sufficient concern that all was not well, when National leader Simon Bridges made a pledge to women in the party.  

"We'll make sure we're doing everything we can to make sure women are feeling safe in the work place and in National," he said at the time. 

The party interviewed women in leadership and Young Nats as part of the review, but refused to say if any women MPs were involved. 

The soul searching was prompted by the Jami-Lee Ross saga - the former National MP who last year labelled Bridges a "corrupt politician". 

Ross, now an independent MP, told Newshub on Tuesday: "[National] do have a culture problem where staff and MPs are thrown under the bus for the survival of the current leader of the party."

Ross having a crack over the employment dispute between Bridges' office and a staffer - allegations he harassed women, which he denies, and bullying he's apologised for.

Bridges blamed a staffer for taking down a controversial United Nations migration pact petition from the party website in the wake of the Christchurch terror attack. He branded them an "emotional junior staffer". 

When asked why he called them that, Bridges said on Tuesday: "I've answered that."

Asked if the individual was a junior staffer, he responded: "I've made quite clear to you what the position is - it would be quite wrong for me to do so."

Bridges' office had initially misled media, saying the petition had been archived weeks earlier.

"I cannot talk about employment matters," Bridges said. 

National says it's waiting on Parliament's big bullying and harassment inquiry which is due late this month, before it releases its review. 

But with yet another National staffer levelling serious complaints, perhaps it's time to release the report and take action. 

Instead, it risks looking like its burying its head in the sand.