Labour MP Chris Carter has been sent home and told to think about his future over his handling of questions about his expense claims.
A clearly angry party leader Phil Goff made it clear just now that Mr Carter's refusal to acknowledge he had let the public down and spent too much on travel had jeopardised his ranking in the caucus.
While he would not be expelled he may be stripped of his remaining portfolio after an outburst as he dodged media questions today.
Oh dear. Has Chris got a bit precious then? Perhaps he needs to go and have a chat with Shane Jones about humility. I wonder if he's keeping someone in New York appraised of developments.
And here's something we never expected to be saying here; full marks to Phil Goff for giving Carter a yellow card. It's just a shame that it didn't happen a long time ago.
UPDATE: From Chris Carter:
"It is quite clear to me that a public apology is both demanded and required in regard to my expenses when travelling overseas on government business on the taxpayer expense," said Mr Carter.
"I unreservedly apologise to the New Zealand public.
"This has been a very difficult time for me and it has been difficult to choose the right words to be said when under intense pressure from journalists."
"I acknowledge that my temperament when under pressure can make me appear as if I am not contrite or embarrassed. I assure the New Zealand public, I am.
"I pledge hard work and commitment to my electorate and to the New Zealand Labour Party, and I wish to put this matter behind me."
UPDATE #2: Phil Goff responds:
Labour leader Phil Goff has put conservation spokesman Chris Carter on indefinite leave despite an unreserved apology from the Te Atatu MP.
"This is the minimum step that I demanded. He now has to prove himself to me. For the time being he is on leave but when he comes back I expect him to behave in an appropriate way," Mr Goff said.
He would stay on in the conservation role in the meantime "but he is on notice".
"I have told him he is on leave at my insistence for however long it takes. I expect when he comes back he will have thought thought the consequences of his actions and I expect to see a different behaviour."
It seems to us that there is a power struggle going on in the Labour Party, and for once, it's not all about Chris Carter. So who's pulling the strings?