Opportunities Party leader Gareth Morgan has told one of his top election candidates to resign because she's "a pain in the arse".
Jenny Condie, who was TOP's tax spokeswoman, posted the offensive email herself and said it was in response to her asking questions about the party's future direction following its failure to get any MPs into parliament.
She was also concerned about Mr Morgan's reaction to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's cat being killed on the road.
He caused a stir after asking why it had been allowed to wander outside.
"Please just resign from the party - you're a pain in the arse," Ms Condie was told, according to her post.
Soon after that Mr Morgan cancelled Ms Condie's TOP email address.
Numerous other posts denounced Mr Morgan for sending the email, but it's not clear whether they're from party members.