Opposition leader Simon Bridges has been kicked out of the House after asking the prime minister if she was ducking for cover over the Karel Sroubek "fiasco".
During Question Time, National leader Simon Bridges was asking Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern a series of questions relating to the case of the jailed drug smuggler.
He asked when Sroubek would leave the country and if she believed there would now be a long court case.
He asked if she had entirely washed her hands of anything to do with the Sroubek fiasco and if she was ducking and diving to get out of his way.
Speaker Trevor Mallard then told him to leave the house and also asked Shadow leader of the house Gerry Brownlee to leave.
It is understood Bridges said: "Here comes the protection".
As Bridges left, Nick Smith said loudly, "talk about bullying".
The opposition side of the House is now almost empty as MPs followed their leader in an act of solidarity.
Education Minister Chris Hipkins said Bridges wasn't kicked out for the question, it was an off mic comment to the speaker, he said.
Was just kicked out of the House. PM won’t answer serious questions on Sroubek. The Speaker leapt to her protection and I called him on it.— Simon Bridges (@simonjbridges) December 5, 2018