More on Labour’s intern scheme

A couple of other points about Labour’s failed intern scheme.

From the document Labour Intern Scheme obtained by Newshub:


That clearly claims that the project is being managed by the Labour Party, the CTU (NZ Council of Trade Unions) and AUSA (the Auckland Students Association?)

Labour Leader’s Auckland Office

It states “The project is managed out of the Trades Hall, Grey Lynn and the Grafton Road office”.

Grafton Road is where the Labour Leader’s Auckland Office is:


Last August from 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.

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.

The Speaker has confirmed that the Parliamentary Service will be monitoring Mr Little’s spending and has written to him setting out the rules for taxpayer funded out-of-Parliament offices.

Checking up on use of Parliamentary funds isn’t new.



I presume this will be checked out over the intern scheme campaigning.

Movement for Change Ltd

The Labour Intern Scheme document also says “Financial risks and legal obligations are the responsibility of Movement for Change Ltd”.

The use of ‘Ltd’ denotes a limited liability company. I can’t find a company named ‘Movement for Change Ltd’ on the Companies Office register.

Perhaps there was an intention to set up a company that would be legally and financially responsible for the Campaign for Change but it appears that it never happened.




  1. chrism56

     /  June 24, 2017

    So now we have Labour saying the risks and liabilities are being carried by a phantom company. This gets better and better. PG, did you check that Movement for Change ltd wasn’t registered in Panama? On their current form, I wouldn’t put it past them.

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  June 24, 2017

    There is little worse than incompetent corruption – except empowering it.

    • Questions need to be asked about how the Labour Party let this happen. McCarten seems to be responsible for a lot of the mess but it started while he was leading their Auckland campaign.

      • Having been thrown under the bus by Labour and Little, is McCarten the one who leaked internal party documents to Jenna Lynch from Newshub?

        It seems as though all Labour’s wounds from its previous years of infighting have just been ripped open again. The prognosis is not good for a healing before the end of September.

      • Stories like this make me wish Question Time went both ways.

  3. PDB

     /  June 24, 2017

    The Campaign for Change announced on 17 June:

    “The Campaign for Change will channel the energy and passion of New Zealander’s who want to see a change of Government this election.” says Director Matt McCarten.

    This non-partisan campaign is being created in order to get people engaged and involved. The disconnect between a million citizens and political participation is a threat to our democracy.

    We now know this was a lie. McCarten set up Campaign for Change as a taxpayer funded staffer for Little. It was run by two Labour Party paid staff and two Labour Party officials. They recruited unpaid foreign workers for it under the guise of Labour Party fellowships. We also know that some of these foreign workers were being assigned to campaign for specific Labour candidates.”

  4. alloytoo

     /  June 24, 2017

    Oh dear, just when I thought they couldn’t break any more laws, they go and add, companies act.

  5. Conspiratoor

     /  June 24, 2017

    Labour bringing Mcarten on board was always going to end in tears. Reminds me is the ird still chasing him

  6. Tipene

     /  June 24, 2017

    Yet Labour party stalwart voters will again adopt a ‘see no evil” approach, and vote for them anyway.

    For example, during the Election campaign, watch the roundabouts in West Auckland congregate with dozens of Pacific Island, placard waving Labourites. Ask them the name of the candidate running in their Electorate. The ones who don’t know the answer to the question (this will be most of them), will say “doesn’t matter who it is, they are Labour”.

  7. PDB

     /  June 24, 2017

    • PDB

       /  June 24, 2017

      Blazer: “Nothing to see here…..”

      • Gezza

         /  June 24, 2017

        Sir Alan: “Bungling incompetent bureaucrats & their stupid laws…”

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  June 24, 2017

          Yep, There’ll be a lot of good stuff not happening any more if WWOOFers does actually get shut down. However I suspect it continues blatantly to flout the letter and spirit of these laws.

      • Blazer

         /  June 25, 2017

        there isn’t really,but the obsession to move the focus away from English with this beat up,has the usual frantic….lunatics posturing.

      • Blazer

         /  June 25, 2017

        ‘The Labour Party’s campaign interns are giving glowing reviews of their marae accommodation

  8. When McCarten was shifted sideways from Chief of Staff to “Outreach”, Little promised he wouldn’t be campaigning:

    Labour leader Andrew Little says his adviser Matt McCarten’s taxpayer-funded salary is within the rules because McCarten will be doing “outreach” work for Little rather than campaign work.

    McCarten is leaving his job as Little’s chief of staff to head a new Auckland office for Little as part of Little’s election year strategy.

    That office was on a lease taken out by the Labour Party but Little’s Parliamentary budget was paying for some of it at market rates under a sublease agreement.

    Staff would be a mix of party workers and those, including McCarten, whose salaries were paid out of Little’s Parliamentary budget.

    Parliament’s rules provide some flexibility on how political parties use their staffing allocations but prohibit taxpayer-paid staff from campaigning. That includes trying to sign up party members, get donations or ask for votes. However, there has always been a thin line between Parliamentary and campaign-related work, especially for those in more political positions.

    Little said McCarten’s work was not campaigning but “outreach” for Little such as organising events and meetings when Little was in Auckland.

    He denied he was trying to use taxpayer funds for campaign-related work, saying party work would be done by party workers in the same office rather than McCarten and other Parliamentary-funded staff.

    “I know the level of scrutiny that is applied to Parliamentary Services funding. We are always looking to make sure we are well within the rules, not just the written word but the spirit of it as well. That will continue to apply in every appointment I make, every activity I do.”

    The other interesting question is who is paying Caitlin Johnson, the young American woman who has been working with McCarten since January. Has she been paid by Labour from its own fund, or has her salary, like McCarten’s, come from the taxpayer via Little’s leader’s budget?

  9. Steve

     /  June 24, 2017

    Why do the interns themselves “campaign interns” on social media if they aren’t involved in campaigning?

    • I’m sure they have no doubt whatsoever that they are “campaigning”.

      • Gezza

         /  June 24, 2017

        Appears they certainly haven’t been champagne-ing … 😕

        • Apart from the one’s alleged to have flogged a couple of bottles of plonk from Labour MP Jenny Salesa’s place, when they were invited round for a feed…

          • Steveremmington

             /  June 25, 2017

            So Labour MPs plying youngsters with alcohol is still rife in the party it seems

  10. An intern on 31 May showing that the Labour leader’s Auckland office looks to be very much in play.

    • PDB

       /  June 24, 2017

      Nothing to do with Labour PG……….she just happened to pass by Andrew Little’s Auckland office and by chance found a Labour hat that had been discarded in the garden.

      Fake news.

      • Was it made of tinfoil?

      • Gezza

         /  June 24, 2017

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  June 24, 2017

          Thought he had?

          • Gezza

             /  June 24, 2017

            Should’ve done it a year ago.

          • Did he fall, or was he pushed? And does he know where the bodies are buried?

            Three months out from an election, I reckon Matt McCarten is not someone you’d want to get on the wrong side of.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  June 24, 2017

              I think he was pushed. And there’s a bunch of guys shovelling dirt over the body.

            • Gezza

               /  June 24, 2017

              Being on the right side of him seems more harmful for people’s political survival than being on the wrong side.

  11. Inside

     /  June 24, 2017

    Check out the domain registration:

    Uses a Unite email address as contact.
    Registered 15 May 2017

    Not sure if that means anything, but…

  12. Up to their eyeballs are Labour… and Blaze thinks is some type of smear and diversion? Blazer when you see the Queen of Hearts appearing – run! Wonderland is a tad dangerous and not all funny tea parties…

    • Blazer

       /  June 25, 2017

      just a black hole….nothing..there.