Twitter users - including the former Leader of the Opposition - have questioned an odd tweet from a new high-profile Labour candidate's account
Dr Ayesha Verrall gained prominence for a critical report on New Zealand's contact tracing ability during the COVID-19 lockdown and recently gained a high spot on Labour's list.
On Wednesday morning, in response to a RNZ tweet about unemployment in Hawke's Bay, a tweet appeared from Dr Verrall's account.
"I think think we should have a good chance to talk talk to you about about it and then we can talk about it tomorrow and then we can talk about it tomorrow tomorrow morning and and then then we we we can talk tomorrow tomorrow."
The tweet included a GIF of Mariah Carey clapping.
It has since been deleted and when Newshub contacted Dr Verrall she said it was a "pocket dial".
The bizarre message quickly got users' attention.
"What?" tweeted The Spinoff writer Alex Braae.
"Ummmm. Hello?? What??" wrote former National Party leader Simon Bridges.
"I think Labour's star candidate might be broken…" said Kāpiti Coast District Councillor Gwynn Compton.
Dr Verrall this week was revealed as having a high position on the Labour Party list. At 18 she is one spot below Health Minister Dr David Clark.
"I'm determined to use my skills and experience in health to make sure New Zealanders get the best health care they deserve in any capacity I can," she said at the list announcement.