Green MP Golriz Ghahraman has been accused of shoplifting from Scotties Boutique in Ponsonby, Auckland.
She has stood aside from her parliamentary portfolios while the allegations are investigated.
Neither Ms Ghahraman nor anyone from Scotties Boutique responded to RNZ's requests for comment.
In a statement, a Green Party spokesperson said they were "aware of the allegations" and were in contact with Scotties Boutique to "better understand and address the situation".
Politics lecturer at Victoria University Te Herenga Waka, Bryce Edwards spoke with Charlotte Cook.