Green MP Golriz Ghahraman has been stood down from her portfolios amid allegations she shoplifted from an Auckland boutique store.

A Green Party spokesperson said it was aware of the allegations regarding Ghahraman and was in contact with Scottie’s Boutique – where the alleged offence took place – to “better understand and address them”.

“Green MPs are expected to maintain high standards of public behaviour. Ms Ghahraman will stand aside from all portfolio responsibilities until the matter is resolved.

“The Green Party and Ms Ghahraman will not comment further at this time.”

Scottie’s Boutique – a shop in upmarket Auckland suburb Ponsonby – declined to comment when approached by 1News.

The police said in general, police were unable to respond to requests which seek to confirm or deny whether a named individual is under police investigation.

Before entering politics Ghahraman was a human rights lawyer and was the first MP with a refugee background to enter Parliament.