McCarten moving to Auckland

Matt McCarten is leaving Wellington and his job as Andrew Little’s chief of staff, and is moving to Auckland to apparently head a new Labour office there. Things seem up in the air with an expected official announcement later in the week.

Stuff: Little’s chief of staff to head new Labour office in Auckland

Labour leader Andrew Little’s chief of staff Matt McCarten is poised to quit the job and head up a new Labour office in Auckland.

Little said he had not finalised who would staff the Auckland office, though he had been looking at setting it up for some time.

But the move there by McCarten was “voluntary, willingly and with agreement, not in high dudgeon”.

Asked if he had anyone in line to take over as his chief of staff, after McCarten shifted north, Little said: “That’s part of the detail that is to be finalised”.

Sounds like the story got out before things were sorted out.

His move to Auckland will leave Little searching for both a new chief of staff and a new chief press secretary after Sarah Stuart quit the latter role in May.

And more sorting out to do too.

NZ Herald says:

Labour leader Andrew Little is to open a new Labour Party office in Auckland and re-deploy his chief of staff Matt McCarten as Labour prepares for battle in 2017.

Little said Labour’s new office in Auckland would open by the end of September and McCarten had offered to head it.

It was part of the planning for election year, including how to target the voter-rich Auckland.

Little said he would be spending a lot of time in Auckland and needed a base there. It would be formally announced at a Labour function for Auckland businesses, interest groups and movers and shakers on Wednesday.

McCarten had volunteered to take on the role and was not being pushed.

“He wanted to do it. His strength is in the networks and setting up programmes and places for me to go to and getting stuff organised. And that is what I need.”

Labour currently does not have a party base in Auckland other than its MPs’ electorate offices.

That’s odd. From early July and the Taxpayers’ Union – Speaker’s Warning To Labour Over Parliamentary Funds:

Some weeks ago Labour sent an email in the name of Paul Chalmers, the Project Manager at Labour House, to Labour’s Auckland supporters detailing how Andrew Little had opened a Auckland office that will be “the centre of the Labour and progressive movement in Auckland and the place to co-ordinate the local government and General Election campaigns.”

The email also called on “like-minded partners” to share office space and other facility resources.

It appears that Andrew Little and his MPs are pooling together taxpayer resources to open a campaign office in central Auckland for the Party and Phil Goff’s campaign for the Auckland mayoralty. Use of taxpayer resources in this way is clearly against the rules.

This says that Labour had already opened a campaign office in Auckland.

Does anyone know what is actually going on here?

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17 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  29th August 2016

    I thought Goff would be far too right wing for Labour to support?

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    • Pete Kane

       /  29th August 2016

      I doubt its to do with a Goff deal. Having said that, with the 1800 salaries from 100k to infinity, wel,l a lot of scope for deals, in ;Sin City;.

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  2. Takere

     /  29th August 2016

    …Special mission to sort out those bloody Maori’s again!

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  3. Iceberg

     /  29th August 2016

    Sacking McCarten as chief of staff is bad news for National. No one else can give them the same level of certainty of a 4th term.

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  4. PDB

     /  29th August 2016

    If anybody has any idea what Labour are doing, please write it down (in as simple terms as possible) and send to Mr A. Little, Wellington………..

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  5. For a party that is broke they seem to have money to spend…. I wonder if we will see a little scandal a la the pledge card emerge in 10-12 months.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  29th August 2016

      The party has no money but the MPs have taxpayer-funded “credit cards”.

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    • Blazer

       /  30th August 2016

      At least National has plenty of sponsors ….Cabinet Club the most unashamed attempt at paying for political influence.Then there are the donors who go direct, like Maurice Williamsons mate,the Nats are overloaded with that type.Sky City got the deal of the century ,so mark them down for a hefty ‘donation’!

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      • Nothing to do with people donating because they want to see them reelected because they’re stable and they run a good line in governance then Blazer? No? It’s all about corruption and graft is it?

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        • Blazer

           /  30th August 2016

          Ask Ken Whitney!BOL.

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          • I think I’ll ask Bill Liu and Owen Glenn

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            • Blazer

               /  30th August 2016

              Some many Bill Liu’s around these days!No I don’t condone any party engaging in this donations for favours conduct.Glenn at least is a man who made his fortune honestly and was prepared to try and do some worthwhile things.

          • The man routinely described as Prime Minister John Key’s lawyer, Ken Whitney, is not in fact a lawyer anymore.

            A central figure in the New Zealand fallout from the Panama Papers release, Whitney gave up his practicing certificate with the New Zealand Law Society in February, at the same time as he established Antipodes Group, a specialist foreign trust advisory firm, according to a detailed blog on the matter by former Reuters correspondent-turned-blogger Simon Louisson.

            Written a fortnight ago, unchallenged by Whitney and unreported by mainstream media in that time, the blog on Labour-aligned website, The Standard, quotes Whitney on his decision not to remain registered to practice law.
            BUSINESS NZ

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            • Blazer

               /  31st August 2016

              No one routinely described him as Hawaii John O’s lawyer except the P.M …himself.

  6. Latest Roy Morgan has Labour well under the 30%. 25.5 to be precise.

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