Green staff turnover

Another significant change in Green party staffing today with the announcement that chief of staff Andrew Campbell is leaving.

While Campbell says that he had planned to leave after the 2014 election he stayed on longer when Russel Norman announced his retirement to assist with the leadership transition.

This sounds quite plausible, but it is the third significant staff member loss.

Stuff: Green Party’s chief of staff becomes latest to resign from party

The Green Party’s chief of staff has announced his resignation – becoming the latest in a series of high-profile departures from the party.

Campbell had been with the Greens for nearly six years, and was promoted to chief of staff after James Shaw became the party’s new male co-leader in 2015.

The party’s communications and policy director, David Cormack, resigned in March – just six months into the job.

Chief press secretary Leah Haines has also announced her resignation to spend more time with her family. She will leave after the party’s AGM in June.

Whatever the reasons and however coincidental the resignations this creates some challenges for the Greens as they work towards next year’s election.

In response to the announcement journalist Toby Manhire tweeted:

Wow. Huge loss.

A triple blow for the Greens at a time that they seem to be struggling to get any significant publicity or traction.

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  1. I’m sure there are really good reasons for these people leaving.

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    • They all have valid reasons for leaving. But it makes for challenging times for the Greens with several new people in key positions.

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      • For sure. Cormack left because he was terrible at his job (that’s insider goss). I haven’t known the others or had anything to do with them but I would suggest that the… direction… The Greens have gone in on certain issues is an issue for the more ethical and people focused Greens.

        I don’t think anyone is certain what the Greens stand for anymore.

        Red Peak – forced a flag onto the ballet through sheer manipulation of people combined with a formidable social media propaganda unit. This isn’t a slight on those who liked the flag (to clarify).

        And on and on it goes. The table Alan posted yesterday was extremely telling! 43% activists and unionists. Activism in this country is…. Specious at best and often incredibly political.

        When DP broke I’ll never forget Marama Davidson defending people doxing Slaters purported home address with comments that suggested utu was an acceptable response to what had been revealed. I defended Mr Slater and his family on principle alone and made many enemies for using my platform to do so.

        As for Shaw, one look at the mans eyes tells you all you need to know.

        The Greens should rename themselves to the Social Justice Warrior, White Knight, anti-Free Speech, Pro-Smiling Judas party.

        I often find myself feeling sorry for Mr Slater but there will be a day when the genesis of DP and those involved in it comes out.

        There are NO heroes in that story.

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        • Clemgeopin

           /  26th April 2016

          “there will be a day when the genesis of DP and those involved in it comes out.
          There are NO heroes in that story”

          Why not now? If not now, when? In 50 years?

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    • Corky

       /  26th April 2016

      Yeah, a change of direction they don’t like. You can’t serve Gaia and Mammon at the same time. The leader is moving Mammon’s way. Pity Materia can’t read the smoke signals.

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      • I agree with you Corky. I had a soft spot for the Greens for a long time because of Mojo. That time has recently completely passed with some information that was provided to me by a disaffected Green. It’s sad but it is what it is, huh?

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        • Corky

           /  26th April 2016

          Is it that bad?

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          • I can’t begin to convey to you how utterly disgusted I am now by The Greens.

            See, I might not like people like Slater and Co for what they do but they are upfront and honest about who they are and what they represent. There’s smoke and mirrors about funding and orgins of information, sure, but Slater has the balls to play rough and he generally is what he is. So he’s honestly unethical.

            Being dishonestly unethical while portraying yourself as some sort of saviour of the planet and defender of goodness is far, far worse.

            See me complimenting Slater above?

            Yeah, it’s that bad.

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            • patupaiarehe

               /  26th April 2016

              Please elaborate Ben

            • Pickled Possum

               /  26th April 2016

              @ Ben kia ora
              Yes I was once a Green Party follower … but with Norman of ‘I want to be CEO of Greenpeace’ fame and then the slide to what his name and where the Party is going … seems to be a bit of course lately and why couldn’t Metiria buy hemp beautiful jackets to fit in with the kaupapa of what she was saying?
              Our rivers are polluted e-coli ridden … stock still have the last say …. herbicides pesticides … huge cuts at the border …. fishing comps in the breeding season … the list goes on and Green Party are NO where to be seen
              Slowly but surely politics and keeping up with the other silly buggers has done them like a dogs dinna for me.

            • Iceberg

               /  26th April 2016

              So you have nothing but innuendo and your desire to appear more knowledgeable and relevant than you actually are?

              Spare us the amateur theatrics.

  2. Kitty Catkin

     /  26th April 2016

    I suppose that it’s better that they leave now than leave it until nearer the election. But I must confess to a certain lack of interest.

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  3. This is for the lovely and agenda-laden Iceberg. It’s quite long so apologies for that.

    I sent my videos to Slater because I was disheartened and disgusted by the state of politics in NZ. It appeared that so much was kept hidden from the public, on all sides, that I felt that people could do with some informing. Slater, to his credit, even published the Nats one. The reason I stopped is that I was between jobs and my families advice was that I needed to focus on either upskilling or getting a new job. Fair call. When I saw some time later that Slater was pushing a new media vehicle I was really interested because the state of the MSM here is terrible in my opinion. There aren’t many if any non-politically biased journalists. Yes for sure I knew Slater was going to be biased but, very foolishly of me, that if I got into such a venture I could act as a brake on shitty journalism.

    I come from the Barrett Brown school of journalism – even down to extremely recklessly threatening law enforcement and politicians. BB is an extraordinary thinker and writer and shouldn’t have been imprisoned for what he has been. That said, he writes very well from inside the prison system and I’m sure he will be a more balanced person for his experiences.

    I’ve had such small successes as showing that ex-CIA agents work for the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Information that was heretofore not known, discussed or analysed. I am not anti-US but I believe the task of a journalist is to hold power to account and to reveal what power does not want to be revealed.

    I am also relatively well connected within the wider hacktivist and digital activism community. I prefer not to discuss that side of things but needless to say some of my skills and knowledge there were what attracted Slater, and the Police, to talking to me and getting information. Having never operated in this country, I reached out to Rangi Kemara BEFORE I was speaking to the cops and tried to get some understanding of the local scene from a guy who, I believed, had a good understanding of it. This was my first mistake.

    As time went on, and the job offer with Freed turned into a fuckaround (to be fair who would want to hire an alcoholic with all the wrong friends), I became more and more fucked up mentally. My second mistake was not cutting ties with all parties involved and walking away to focus on my sobriety and rebuilding my life.

    In December of 2014, I noticed a ‘friend’ was getting harangued by the Twitterati for slighting one of their number. Because that person (the Twitterati) was actually a victim of me, I choose not to name them. They became a victim because I used information that a journalist gave me about their identity to ‘dox’ their alter ego. Yes, I was with my dying grandmother at this time. Yes, it was already somewhat known who this person is. However I betrayed myself and my code of conduct by striking against them. The person I thought I was defending? Dave McCormack, Hooton acolyte and now former Greens staffer. Outing her was my third mistake and firmly moved a large group of people against me. Namely the SJW and anti-bastard crowd. It was a dick move by me and I’m sure I’ll be paying the cost for some time. And good.

    Also in that time period, I sent pictures of a journalist to Mr Slater. That journalist had been the person I leaked the Hager raid to and she later got Reporter of the Year largely due to my giving her the scoop. Things between her and I got very messy when the line between professional and personal was crossed. This journalist had also ruined the lives of men who had figured out who she was as a person. I knew this and even on one occasion had ridden out in her ‘defence’ against this dude who she had told me had done terrible things to her. It is cruelly funny to me that I became the next target but I understand now what a trial by media means. It means a one sided populist attack. It means not being able to defend yourself. It means the end of your reputation. My forth and fifth mistakes were outing the Hager raid to her (given I was a police operative) and sending the pictures to Slater when, for whatever drunken reason, I believed that was a good idea. Regardless of what kind of person she is I most definitely am an utter bastard for doing that.

    After both my grandparents died I was unable mentally to continue doing work for the Police. I was broken, afraid and very aware that I was a child in the deep, deep end. I met my handler at the Auckland War Memorial and asked to come out from the cold and give evidence on everybody. After some to and fro, I went in for an interview under caution at the Manukau Police Station without a lawyer. That was my sixth mistake.

    The Police were given the full and unredacted Threema files. That means they knew I had sent the pictures to Slater. I have never lied to the Police and continue to respect the justice system such as it is.

    Mr Slater has since confirmed that he told the journalist I had sent pictures to him. I didn’t know this until recently but it was quite a blow…

    If she knew, why weren’t people talking about the origins of the photos sent to LF? I knew a large swathe of former allies had deserted me in Jan/Feb of that year but I thought it was because they were scared of Slater and Co. I didn’t judge them. Now I find out that all that talk about the Press Gallery knowing etc? Possibly someone was telling them what I had done re the photos. It’s even possible they were in wide circulation which makes me, and the person who forwarded them, an utter bastard worthy of nothing but contempt and derision. Not realising how far some will go to destroy others was my seventh mistake.

    When I was trying to get media interest and political support from the Opposition I faced a total brick wall. I couldn’t understand it! I’ve got the goods right here I said. I’m not a liar and I can prove it, I said. No one exhibited an iota of interest. The man whose party I defended, Mr Little, was nowhere to be seen. However, Mr Prentice had hosted some details of how to send me money up until LF dropped the pictures that Monday after The Nation on Sat/Sun. So there had been some support and for that I will be forever grateful.

    Clearly some people knew about the pictures and also what information I had gotten from that journalist about Left people. They judged me as more of a threat than Mr Slater and went all out to destroy me. They succeeded and destroyed who I used to be. I don’t recognise myself anymore, in a good way, and I’ll see all of this through.

    No one asked, after Ngs piece, how did Rachinger get the photos? What was their relationship? When did she know? Why would she turn on a source? These things all plagued my nightmares for months. Why would Ng write a hit piece on me, give me no right of reply, and fail to even posit such basic questions? It fucking baffled me that no one was asking. I’m a terrible person for sending the photos, I know, but I thought people would look past that at the bigger picture. Right? That was my eight mistake. Not dropping all the information I had gotten from her and the proof I was the source. And you know what? I don’t think I ever will. The people who failed to ask those questions and ripped my life, reputation and relationships apart will live lives of misery, self-contempt and unhappiness. Such is their karma.

    Ng – Green
    Cormack (who was on the Twitter panel the day of The Nation broadcast and didn’t even comment) – Green
    Journalist – Green
    Most of the people who attacked me – Greens.

    All I want is for the whole truth and nothing but the truth to come out. I’ll say this much though…

    For all the betrayal, dirty politics and lies that have been done by the various factions? I still believe in the goodness of normal Kiwis. I still believe in the People. I still believe we deserve better. I will fight for us forever and a day.

    (I’m hugely limited in my narrative legally and also want to limit the exposure of this blog. Done my best and wrote this as a stream of consciousness).

    Thanks for the helpful prod, Iceberg. My relevance is none. I am nobody. My amateur theatrics are the symptoms of a man bound to silence, in a state of fear, after losing all that I have.

    The hardest part is that almost all of that is because of my own actions and a faction of Lefties.

    That is why I feel sorry for Mr Slater. I know what it’s like now. Still, we must all own the consequences of our actions. I thank Mr George for having me here and for the friends I have made. Some of you have improved my mood and life immeasurably.

    Onwards 🙂

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  26th April 2016

      Ben, probably no-one has succeeded without first having failed, sometimes many times. The intelligence to learn and the courage to keep going are the necessary ingredients. You have discovered who you cannot trust. Now you have to find those you can. Start with yourself. I think you have. When you are trustworthy to yourself and others you will find similar souls. Then do good with them and rewards will come. In the meantime face the past honestly and deal with it as you must. But don’t put yourself down as a terrible person just because you did something wrong that you regret. That is human and you are just like all of us making mistakes but carrying on determined to do better in future. Be kind, to yourself as well, but be clear and discerning.

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    • bl@cksocks

       /  26th April 2016

      The reason no1 supports u is because u have turned on every1. No xceptions. Silence and patience are unknown to u. Too late for u. Best 2 hope for is 2 find a life outside of all of this. Overseas maybe…? U have already dragged PG down. Not that u can explain that 2 any1 here. Stop. Not onwards. Go. Now. Go!!

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      • Pickled Possum

         /  27th April 2016

        blacksocks
        Take your own advice and
        Far Cough And Dye
        or more commonly known
        e kai nga tutae e mate.

        Hold on to your Hate and twisted way of looking at things but vent it over at your fave site!
        Oh no that’s right you will get rant REMOVED for the good of your community.
        Just like you coming here dropping little splats of shit on OUR community …. so the above 2 little dittis now rings a little OTT as Not many if Any of this community would agree with you I would be coloured pink if so and an explaination to follow.
        You Have No right to tell some one what to do Who are you some smelly rugby sock telling a young man of a great intelligent mind who is trying to craw some of his self back and to stop looking for the message in the bottom of a bottle. Cos it’s never there!
        Your have No right to allude to something bad will happen if he doesn’t go overseas? fuck off this young lad is a New Zealander and will stay where ever he wants! cheek of it.
        So blacksocks your un-agreeabe talk is not my most favorite read this morning.

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    • Clemgeopin

       /  26th April 2016

      @Ben Rachinger :

      I don’t understand a lot of what you are saying or the complete background, but I can sense that you are in great turmoil, sadness and disappointment. I hope things will work out well in the end for you and the truth and nothing but the truth will be revealed to all.

      If things are still in the legal land as I understand, may be you need to be careful of what you do write.

      My good and best wishes to you for your peace and happiness.

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    • Iceberg

       /  26th April 2016

      I’m not sure I’ve read such a bunch of self serving “poor me” drivel for quite some time.

      “Agenda laden” oh please, stop boxing at shadows.

      Your innuendo about the Greens was uncalled for and unsubstantiated (by definition I guess), that’s why I called you on it. Disguising it with some cry baby nonsense is pathetic.

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  4. Blazer

     /  26th April 2016

    credit to you there Ben.You’re still a young man with the undoubted advantage of acquired cynicism political and otherwise.Life is short,enjoy it…the best is yet to come.

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  5. patupaiarehe

     /  26th April 2016

    Thanks Ben, for giving an honest account, from your perspective. I don’t expect it will go unchallenged………

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    • I wouldn’t want it to go unchallenged. I dream of the day those named are prepared to go head to head with me, under their own names, in the place of their choosing. I can back up everything I have said with meticulous evidence. I kind of feel bad about starting the whole screenshot trend there for a while, but I am the King of Screenshots.

      Has no one ever wondered why none of these people have gone head to head with me under their own names? None. Of. Them. It sure isn’t because I’m a fantasist. It really surprised me that people weren’t willing to be forthright and apologise for their own actions. Isn’t that how we learn and move on?

      Thanks to everyone for their comments, including Iceberg, I feel a great weight has lifted off me now! Huge week ahead, full of great things, and I plan to enjoy myself. Wishing everyone a great week. Goodnight.

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      • patupaiarehe

         /  27th April 2016

        Thanks to everyone for their comments, including Iceberg, I feel a great weight has lifted off me now! Huge week ahead, full of great things, and I plan to enjoy myself. Wishing everyone a great week. Goodnight.

        Well there you go Ben. You sound like a complete arsehole LOL

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      • Iceberg

         /  27th April 2016

        ” I can back up everything I have said with meticulous evidence”

        Except the constant histrionics seem to get in the way of you doing that, don’t you think Ben?

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