Labour intern interview

One of the Labour interns in New Zealand on a student visa has had an interview with 95bFM:

95bFM spoke this afternoon to an intern who came over to work as an intern for the Labour Party, who wishes to remain anonymous.

A: Basically, I don’t even know where to start – the story broke this morning… I didn’t leak it, and it’s not the full narrative and it’s not the truth – as of now, I’ve been reading every article that’s been published and stuff it’s just not [true] – I am probably the one who knows the most about the situation for certain reasons and I would just say that it is not the Labour Party’s fault. It is Matt McCarten, Paul Chalmers, Simon Mitchell, Caitlin Johnson, Kieran O’Halloran.

They kind of organised on their own, lied to the Labour Party, went off and said they were bringing over 15 Americans to work on campaigns, and really tried to bring over 115 at peak capacity, and then just kept on bringing people from the US, the UK, Ireland, Italy. It was mostly a way to exploit – we were meeting their targets for phone calls and door knocks, and then for Matt McCarten, we were going to work for labour unions and increace the participation with those labour unions, so there’s just a lot of shady shit up in the air right now.

Q: So who are those four names do they work for the Labour Party?

A: Caitlin Johnson, Kieran O’Halloran, and… they are the only officially paid staffers for the Labour Party, that may have changed within the last couple of days, I’m unsure, Matt McCarten was the former chief of staff, he resigned, and has been playing it off like he hasn’t been involved at all. Paul Chalmers is the regional chair for Auckland, so he is supposed to help campaigns all kind of organise together, other than that he doesn’t have authority for the Labour Party. Those are the key people who are being left out of this statement, and i think it’s for a reason, the people who leaked it are damage controlling. A lot of the narrative right now is around immigration policy and stuff like that, and they’re really missing a lot of the legality issues of everything that they’ve done.

Q: So why do you think they’re being left out of the narrative?

A: I think that Caitlin and Kieran came forward to the media and leaked and tried to blame it all on Matt McCarten. None of these people are good people and they all exploited us, but i think that they are trying to push the blame off of them more and more on to Matt.

Q: So have have you been exploited? How did you hear about coming to NZ, are you a volunteer for the Labour Party?

A: Uhh yeah well allegedy. So they sent out emails to our advisors at university, that they spoke with professors in NZ – and so my advisor recommended this to me, was like “this is a safe programme, go ahead, go” – and so I was like “okay, I’ll just go over”. I was brought under the idea there would only be like 15 people, and I’d only work 40 hours a week, and the accomodation would be like dorm style accomodation with basic groceries provided, cause that’s literally what’s written down on our contract that they made me. And so generally everyone got lied to in different ways, cause there are so many people involved in it. But like it’s hard to get one strict clear narrative, cause they keep on changing it on these different groups of people cause they split up the email groupings into different categories and stuff like that.

Q: So it’s very intentional that they’ve done this? 

A: Yup, it’s very intentional. Without a doubt.

Q: So what were the conditions like when you arrived?

A: When I arrived no-one was actually in Auckland and I didn’t actually know where I was going, and I didn’t know if anyone was actually picking me up from the airport or not. Luckily I got picked up and dropped off at somebody’s house and so that was fine, but that was not made known to me before coming over, that I would be living with some random person for a little bit, and then we moved to the marae where we had to build cubicles out of plastic and we also raided this abandoned church for furniture and stuff like that. And basically we made our own accomodation out of like abandonded materials and plastic… it’s a very odd situation.

Q: Yeah, definitely sounds like it. Do you have anything else you would like to add? 

A: Mostly this is not the Labour Party’s fault. It really isn’t. They’re honestly trying their best and doing as much as they can at their full capacity right now, and I’m really appreciative of it. I just wish that these people didn’t lie to all of us in the first place.

 

67 Comments

  1. PDB

     /  June 22, 2017

    This person is confused – all the people he mentioned are/were Labour party officials: Matt McCarten, Paul Chalmers (Labour party Northland/Auckland leader/rep) , Simon Mitchell (long time Labour party activist), Caitlin Johnson (Labour Party organiser), Kieran O’Halloran (Labour Party organiser).

    To suggest a ‘rogue’ Labour operation in Auckland was somehow doing this away from the rest of the Labour party is beyond belief.

    • Blazer

       /  June 22, 2017

      disagree…Douglas and Prebble were once Labour M.P’s …true!

      • Very disingenuous conflation.

        Bringing up irrelevant Labour politicians, who changed positions decades ago and then by degrees and over a considerable period of time, with the actions of 2017 Labour activists is extraordinary conflation even for you.

        Your hapless attempt at fusion of quite distinct situations obscures the reality of both this current Labour scandal and the worthy analysis Pete has done here.

        #threadjack #shameless

    • PDB

       /  June 22, 2017

      Add Auckland Central candidate for Labour Helen White to the list of ‘rogue’ Labour party people operating outside the knowledge of Labour Party HQ…..

    • lurcher1948

       /  June 22, 2017

      Does this distroy your version of the truth

  2. Tipene

     /  June 22, 2017

    Is thee anyone even remotely associated with the Labour Party, or one of Matt’s mates, or someone, ANYONE who paused to consider this situation and say “Umm………hang on a minute, what are we doing here, and how does what we are doing square with what we say we stand for?”

    Sub-20% next poll for Labour perhaps?

    • PDB

       /  June 22, 2017

      You couldn’t make up this shit.

      In times like this I often turn to Martyn Bradbury for advice……

      TDB: “He is a ruthless strategist and brilliant tactician. His ascendency should cheer every genuine left wing and progressive heart in NZ.”

      “The only sadness about the appointment of Matt McCarten as David Cunliffe’s Chief-of-staff is that I didn’t get to see John Key’s or Cameron Slater’s or Jane Clifton’s or Trevor Mallard’s or Matthew Hooton’s or David Farrar’s faces when they heard the news.”

      “Game on National. If you honestly thought the forces for political change in NZ would just allow you to decide the result of the election in February via flaky landline opinion polls in the mainstream media, you have another thing coming. Matt’s appointment is a game changer.”

      “Game on.”

      Game on indeed.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  June 22, 2017

      If Little can’t survive hand-feeding on Red Radio he’ll be dog tucker in the campaign.

  3. PDB

     /  June 22, 2017

    It has been confirmed on ZB just now that they were on holiday visas………

    • PDB

       /  June 22, 2017

      Reading the whole transcript of one intern it was obviously she was a major left-wing supporter (hence why the volunteered in the first instance) who wishes to downplay the NZ Labour Party’s part in this mess out of loyalty to the left wing cause.

  4. Blazer

     /  June 22, 2017

    as I have stated before McCarten is a flop as a strategist for Labour.His heart is in the right place ..but his head..is not.

  5. Matt is achieving his objective of weakening Labour…..thats what he was in there for right???? Surely????

    After the beautifully executed dispatch of Barclay with a big opening for Labour and fellow left parties to exploit…. we get this.

    The National research unit is pretty good to have this lined up as a diversion : )

  6. PDB

     /  June 22, 2017

    Stuff: “Little told media in Christchurch that his office found out about the scheme quite recently.”

    Hilarious! One of the Labour Party organisers of this scheme (Kieran O’Halloran) also organized drinks for Jacinda (http://www.labourauckland.nz/drinks_with_jacinda) in March and drinks with Andrew in April (http://www.labourauckland.nz/social_w_andrew_little) – and we are meant to believe Andrew Little and the Labour Party heads just “found out about the scheme quite recently.”??

    • I’ve just been listening to Little in the RNZ interview say “what I understood the few months ago when people were talking about it”.

    • Don’t enjoy yourself to much PDB……. savour it and drag it out over a few days… ; )

  7. patupaiarehe

     /  June 22, 2017

    LOL, hilarious! After pointing out how student visas are being misused, as a backdoor to low paid, unskilled jobs, Labour import a bunch of foreign students to help with their campaign… 😀

    • Missy

       /  June 23, 2017

      On holiday visas no less…

      So, that is foreign students to use as slave labour, accommodated in sub standard accommodation, on holiday visas.

      Hmmm….. not a good look for Labour.

  8. lurcher1948

     /  June 22, 2017

    Matt should bring in low paid north koreans, one could replace todd barclay,

  9. PDB

     /  June 22, 2017

    Not to mention this:

    Newshub: “Mr Twyford said if you don’t provide emergency housing, these boarding houses are the result. “There are hundreds if not thousands of unregulated, unlicensed boarding houses in Auckland, with people living in the most appalling conditions. It’s got to stop.

    • You know I’m not a fan of the NZ Labour Party, but the depths of incompetence, ineptitude and idiocy plumbed here are even unfathomable to me.

      How bad is the engine room that could have let this idea foment into an actionable strategy?

      Better to have left it in the Friday night doobie session where some dreadlocked stoner came up with it.

  10. Bob

     /  June 22, 2017

    Puts the attempts last week to pretend Matt’s project is independent and non partisan in a new light, desperate to seperate Labour from it before it blew up in their faces.

    The hipocracy is unbelievable and shows the incompetence in Labour that they couldn’t see this coming, not fit to govern!

    • Blazer

       /  June 22, 2017

      behave Bob…as the Duck says storm in a teacup..enabled by Nationals flimsy visa criteria.

      • High Flying Duck

         /  June 22, 2017

        I think the visa issue may come back to haunt them. My understanding is they were on holiday visas but should have had work visas for what they were doing given they received free “board”.
        The two issues will have to fight it out offer the next few days.

        • Gezza

           /  June 22, 2017

          Something I found interesting on 1ewes’s coverage (it was item one) was Andrea Vance – who fronted most of the segment – saying at the end that it would “blow over” quickly. Was she perhaps announcing their editorial policy ?

          • Missy

             /  June 23, 2017

            I would say so G, or she was expressing her hope that it would ‘blow over quickly’.

            • Gezza

               /  June 23, 2017

              Every likliehood that if it does it’ll because some new revelation of stupidity or perfidy from one side or the other simply pushes it into the background? 🙄

          • High Flying Duck

             /  June 23, 2017

            Yes, Vance has history in pushing a narrative and then being upset when it doesn’t pan out – as per the quote from the last election WO trundles out every month or so.
            But at least she does it all with that lovely lilting voice.

            • Gezza

               /  June 23, 2017

              😖 😀

            • Gezza

               /  June 23, 2017

              Gotta go, H.
              Pretty sure I glimpsed Sir Alan in the Recent Comments list.
              He’ll be making trouble, no doubt.
              Better go see if I can help contain the situation.

            • Missy

               /  June 23, 2017

              To be fair the Northern Irish accident is not as bad as a Dublin – or West Ireland – accent. I quite like it.

  11. Maggy Wassilieff

     /  June 22, 2017

    I wonder who the NZ University Professors are?… and exactly how our Universities might be involved in this Labour scheme.

    • Anonymous Coward

       /  June 22, 2017

      The ad says “Stanford University Professor”.

    • Blazer

       /  June 22, 2017

      none of your business..Maggy.

      • Missy

         /  June 23, 2017

        If University Lecturers in NZ are getting involved in illegal schemes with a political party in NZ it is Maggy’s business, as it is all of ours.

        I suspect Blazer that you would not be saying that if it was National doing this.

    • Maggy Wassilieff

       /  June 22, 2017

      The intern said.. “and they spoke with professors in NZ”.

      Of course its my business… I pay the University Professors through my taxes.

  12. PDB

     /  June 22, 2017

    • Blazer

       /  June 22, 2017

      how can volunteers be mistreated…on yer bike.

      • PDB

         /  June 22, 2017

        • Blazer

           /  June 22, 2017

          if there was any hint of impropriety ..the Govt of NZ would not allow visas for persons with no clear need for their..services.

          • PDB

             /  June 22, 2017

            More to play out yet……….

            • Blazer

               /  June 22, 2017

              Keys affair with the ..minister?

            • PDB

               /  June 22, 2017

              I’ll ignore your deflection Blazer, it has been a good day of shining further light on the hypocrisy of the left and I’m in a good mood.

  13. Ray

     /  June 22, 2017

    I almost feel sorry for Blazer, desperately trying to put out the fires.
    Pathetic

    • Blazer

       /  June 22, 2017

      the black op embers are still ..burning ..Ray.

      • Gezza

         /  June 22, 2017

        No. Maybe they should be. But thing is, .Blazer – they’re not.
        Shonky John ( indulge me this once, PG?) & his black ops team & the once-removed connections to DP & Cetacean Station are now just distant history in the minds of probably most voters. And they were all associated with that particular dude, personally & in his own person.

        Catholic Bill may be a sinner too, but he will be seen by non-National voters as being blameworthy & sccountable only for committing, denyining, and / or eventually being forced into excuse-makingly acknowledging – or admitting – his own sins.

  14. Ross

     /  June 22, 2017

    Mike Hosking, who reckons he’s never wrong, has announced that this is a beltway issue and voters are sick of nasty, negative politics. Time to move on…we’ve already moved on from Todd Barclay, haven’t we?

    • PDB

       /  June 22, 2017

      This one has legs into the election campaign proper……..

    • Missy

       /  June 23, 2017

      Everyone might move on for now, but I think it will come back to haunt labour in a couple of months.

  15. duperez

     /  June 22, 2017

    There seem to be other sides to the story strangely enough.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11880781

    • PDB

       /  June 22, 2017

      The problem of course is if everything was all ‘nice and dandy’ why did the Labour party heads try to get all the students to sign non-disclosure agreements & why did Matt McCarten have to hand the programme over to Labour HQ?

      The real joke/lie of course is Labour were running the programme in the first instance and are trying to pretend they are only now taking control of it.

      The article does mention yet another Labour MP involved in the programme (Jenny Salesa – Manukau East) to add to my growing list of Labour people involved in this even though Labour HQ only just recently heard about it (*cough*) and the thing was meant to be ‘independent’ of the Labour party.

  16. Strong For Life

     /  June 23, 2017

    Little should resign over this issue. Exploitation of foreign students is not on.

    • Missy

       /  June 23, 2017

      Not to mention potential immigration fraud…

      • Gezza

         /  June 23, 2017

        Rather think The Vance might’ve called it wrong on 1 ewes. Might not “blow over quickly”.
        The slings & arrows of outrageous fortune I suspect are going to be unleashing further volleys on both sides until September as the troops & leaders work their way into the swamp. Possibly the yeopersons of other parties might also sally forth with into the fray with cries of “foul opponents” & find themselves embogged & under fire from a rain of excrement as well.

        • Missy

           /  June 23, 2017

          If Immigration – or the police – investigate the potential immigration fraud it will get very sticky for them.

          I see Andrew Kirton will be on Morning Report this morning, doing more spin no doubt.

  17. Ray

     /  June 23, 2017

    Interesting that Andrew Kirton statements and the other evidence flatly contradicts the “intern’s” who is reported above.
    So was this another Matt McCarten bit of spin, if not just who’s works is it?