As it happened: Green co-leaders front after Golriz Ghahraman resigns over shoplifting allegations

  • 16/01/2024

The Green Party's co-leaders are fronting after MP Golriz Ghahraman resigned over three shoplifting allegations that were levelled against her.

On Tuesday Ghahraman apologised for letting "a lot of people down" and said her "mental health is being badly affected by the stresses relating to my work".

Ghahraman, who first entered politics in 2017, stood aside from her portfolios last week after allegations emerged she had shoplifted from Scotties in the Auckland suburb of Ponsonby on December 23.

Two more accusations have since emerged - including a second alleged incident at Scotties and a third at Wellington store Cre8iveworx.

Green Party co-leaders James Shaw and Marama Davidson are fronting media in Auckland at around 1:30pm. 

Earlier they said Ghahraman has been "the leading voice in Parliament for human rights, truly independent foreign policy, and electoral reform for six years. Her political achievements are significant.

"Green MPs are expected to maintain high standards of public behaviour.

"It is clear to us that Ms Ghahraman is in a state of extreme distress. She has taken responsibility and apologised. We support the decision she has made to resign.

"We are deeply sorry to see Ms Ghahraman leave under these circumstances and we wish her all the best for the future."

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