National's independent review into Sam Uffindell allegations to be kept secret, Christopher Luxon says

The National Party-commissioned review into bullying allegations against Tauranga MP Sam Uffindell is "private and confidential" and the report won't be made public, leader Christopher Luxon says.

Last week, Luxon announced the independent review and stood down Uffindell pending its findings after serious bullying allegations from his younger years emerged. 

The review is being carried out by Maria Dew QC.

But, speaking to AM on Wednesday, Luxon said the review would remain confidential.

"I want this to be private and confidential because, given the nature of the allegations, it's really important that everybody gets to come in and input in a safe way, and to be able to do that privately," he told host Ryan Bridge.

"I've been really clear up-front; we're going to keep the report private and confidential because it's important given the sensitivities that are in there."

However, Luxon said he would outline his decision on Uffindell's future and how that decision was reached.

"You'll be under no illusion about my decision when we get to the end of it."

Sam Uffindell following his by-election win in Tauranga.
Sam Uffindell following his by-election win in Tauranga. Photo credit: Newshub.

The review was launched by Luxon after allegations emerged from a former flatmate of Uffindell who lived with him in 2003. 

She detailed aggressive behaviour and excessive drinking by Uffindell at university, prompting Luxon to stand him down pending the independent probe. 

Uffindell denied those allegations but earlier admitted being a bully while at high school, after revelations he violently assaulted another boy while attending Auckland's King's College. 

It's not the first time the National Party's selection process has been scrutinised in recent years. It came under fire following multiple high-profile departures of MPs including Hamish Walker, who leaked COVID-19 patient details to the media, and Andrew Falloon, who sent unsolicited sexually explicit images to young women.  

Candidate Jake Bezzant also left the party last year after serious allegations emerged from an ex-girlfriend.

However, Luxon has denied the National Party has a "systemic cultural problem".