Green MP Dr Elizabeth Kerekere 'considering options' over leadership position

Green MP Dr Elizabeth Kerekere is "considering options" when it comes to the party's vacant co-leadership position.

The List MP told Newshub she was planning to put out a statement after a caucus meeting on Tuesday. She said she was "still considering options".

Dr Kerekere, an LGBTQ+ activist and scholar of Māori descent, entered Parliament following the 2020 election. In her maiden speech, she said her main priority was to end discrimination and prejudice against takatāpui and rainbow communities.

Earlier this year, Dr Kerekere was stripped of the Greens' COVID-19 spokesperson role after breaching pandemic rules by catching a flight to Wellington from Tairāwhiti after a member of her household tested positive for the virus. 

"I apologise profusely to my constituents, whānau, and colleagues for my mistake, and to everyone who is making huge sacrifices to follow rules that are designed to keep us all safe," Dr Kerekere said at the time.

"I have discussed my mistake with the Green Party caucus and our co-leaders, and apologised to them also. I should have known better."

Newshub has contacted each Green MP for their thoughts on the leadership position, which became vacant over the weekend when more than 25 percent of delegates voted to reopen nominations. 

Ricardo Menéndez March is refusing to throw his support behind Shaw for the co-leadership role, instead wanting to let the process play out.

Eugenie Sage told Newshub she "strongly supports" Shaw as leader and won't stand for the position. Golriz Ghahraman also confirmed she won't stand for the role.