Two more Shearer staffers leave

April 27th, 2012 at 11:22 am by David Farrar

I understand that ’s Chief Press Secretary, has resigned her job and will be leaving the Labour Leader’s office in the near future.

Also Senior Advisor ’s contract terminated this week, and he no longer works for David Shearer.

is almost going to run out of friends to fill these new vacancies :-)

UPDATE: A reporter has tweeted A Labour media spokesperson says “as far as we’re aware Fran has not resigned”. She’s not answering phone calls.

My understanding is that Mold did resign by e-mail some time ago. This was before Nash left the office. However even after Nash’s departure was confirmed, she told other senior staff that she still intended to leave. Maybe she has been persuaded to change her mind. I have this from a very reliable source. I would suggest media ask specifically about any e-mails that include the word resignation or resign in them.

UPDATE2: A reporter has tweeted Mold denies she has resigned. Again I suggest people ask about whether or not she e-mailed her resignation or at least an offer of resignation in recent times. It is possible she has been persuaded to change her mind for now.

UPDATE3: A commenter has stated:

She resigned and announced it to colleagues some time ago. She has been talking about going off on an OE.

Maybe it has all changed now Nash is out of the way.

The commenter is someone with Labour Party connections, as is my original source. That is two independent people who have said Mold has or had resigned and more so announced it to some of her colleagues. Changing one’s mind (if it has changed) does not negate the fact it was announced originally.

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32 Responses to “Two more Shearer staffers leave”

  1. virtualmark (1,528 comments) says:

    And when Grant Robertson is leader of the Labour party what then? Yes he’s more articulate and more Machiavellian than David Shearer. But do you think he’ll be any more successful than Goff & Shearer at:

    – uniting the various Labour factions?
    – presenting a compelling vision of where New Zealand would head under a Labour government?
    – presenting how Labour would meet and overcome the big issues facing New Zealand, such as our Government deficits and our underclass?

    Sure, Grant will become the latest king of the sandcastle. Wahoo! Go Grant! But the tide is still coming in.

    And the more he surrounds himself with little replicas of himself, and the more successful he is at winning the latest battle of Labour’s factional war … the less relevant he will become to the voters at large.

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  2. Auberon (873 comments) says:

    David, by chief press secretary do you mean Fran Mold?

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  3. hmmokrightitis (1,590 comments) says:

    labour needs to be relevant? Really? Who knew?

    Not labour.

    We didnt vote for them because we are STUPID. Next time round, we will have seen the light, and vote for them – we will stop being STUPID. The cunning plan will work…

    (tries to hold breath for quite a long time…)

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  4. dubya (235 comments) says:

    This can only be good – a Fabulous Queer Dear Leader for Labour will alienate the public, and take a decent number of ‘marginalised woofter victim’ votes off the Greens.

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  5. UpandComer (537 comments) says:

    With Robertson in charge the introspection and sensitivity regarding his homosexuality will be set at nuclear levels. I just don’t see how the vast majority of NZ can relate to the dude, how can Labour move away from being a bunch of Queer academics and former student politicians, who for the most part were weirdos when I was at university, if they choose Robertson. Well, good for them, say it proud.

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  6. Pete George (23,576 comments) says:

    The Mold/Pagani approach has been a bit of a disaster. Maybe Shearer is starting to fight. Nicely of course.

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  7. Mighty_Kites (84 comments) says:

    Maybe it’s time DPF hires a fact-checker, he has made some shocking mistakes recently. Funny to watch though

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  8. Cactus Kate (551 comments) says:

    Anyone who threatens or does resign should be kept to it.
    Shearer has lost control of the sheep.

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  9. Daigotsu (458 comments) says:

    Some very dodgy stuff going on here, good on you for outing it DPF

    I agree with Kate, we should be demanding that Fran stick to her original promise and resign… not that I expect such principles from Liarbour

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  10. tom hunter (4,863 comments) says:

    This is starting to look like a disaster – but it’s still not as bad as the Australian Labor government scene. I don’t follow Aussie politics and know little about the machinations, but I read a piece by Tim Blair the other day that had me in tears of laughter: Dead in the Water. You really should take out a few minutes of your day and read this piece, while you keep NZ Labour in mind. Some choice quotes:

    Previous Labor symbols have fallen away. The Light on the Hill was only ever metaphorical, and in any case is out of step with modern Earth Hour trends towards gothic darkness.

    Naturally, Labor loves wave power. Peter Garrett turned up for the launch of another Oceanlinx wave power project in March 2010. This device, which received a $2.9 million government grant among other funding, was a “wave to energy barge” intended to feed fresh, shame-free electricity to the Integral Energy grid.

    Two months later the 170-tonne wave to energy barge waved goodbye, snapping free of its moorings and smashing into rocks before sinking to the ocean floor. Waves evidently are powerful, but not always in a helpful way. Delightfully, the device’s final act on this earth was to cause a 45-minute power outage.

    Ouch. But I thought the most brutal comment was this one in relation to a different wave power project from the same company:

    Oceanlinx chief technology officer Tom Denniss told The Illawarra Mercury back in May last year that the company intended to remove the pointless, rusting hulk, but was waiting for the right conditions to organise a salvage operation. “I know that it’s high on our priority list,” Denniss told the paper.

    So’s an election, mate, and for the same reasons.

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  11. shrewd (2 comments) says:

    She resigned and announced it to colleagues some time ago. She has been talking about going off on an OE.

    Maybe it has all changed now Nash is out of the way.

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  12. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    Thank goodness it has changed! I mean whatEVER would the country do if Fran Mold were to go??

    Oh puhleeze…

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  13. Viking2 (11,471 comments) says:

    Really, what organization in its right mind would employ Mold anyway. She was appalling as a tv person so how that makes ger good as a pr person God and the Labour twats only know. Nasty might be a word one could use. Hopeless at understanding the human physic would be another.

    Why do they hire such useless people. Promoted way beyond their capacity to engage.

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  14. rolla_fxgt (311 comments) says:

    So does this make the greens the opposition now? If so who’s the leader of the opposition, Meteria or Russell? Or do we have co leaders of the opposition?

    Reason being, all National have to do is, show how unstable Labour are in the leadership field, and no one with a brain will vote for Labour, and National will be returned again, and Labour will be reduced to a once was party.

    Perhaps Ipredict should have a stock on how many leaders Labour will have between now and the next election?

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  15. davidp (3,581 comments) says:

    rolla_fxgt>If so who’s the leader of the opposition, Meteria or Russell?

    We know there was a lot of vote splitting at the last election, with Green party voters giving their electorate vote to Labour. That’s double dipping on the left with the Greens being a list-only party. National needs to wise up to it and come up with a response or they’ll be beaten by the electoral system in 2014.

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  16. Roflcopter (463 comments) says:

    Abaaaaaandon Shiiiiiiiiip!

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  17. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    Davidp,

    Not really. The only vote that counts is the party vote. Sure the Greens and Labour are playing games to have Labour win more electorate seats, but while that helps with some funding, it does nothing to determine who will govern.

    I don’t think it has a huge sway over electorate results either – I would guess it might influence the result in up to half a dozen seats – Wellington Central is one. Many other seats are simply not marginal enough for the vote splitting to sway the result (Epsom is a good example.)

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  18. Paulus (2,628 comments) says:

    I am genuinely sorry for David Shearer.
    With colleagues like this, who needs enemies.
    Labour really need an enema. That’s all they are good for.
    Note that Trevor – you are first, followed by the Labour homsexual leader Robertson.

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  19. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    Roflcopter,

    I think the good ship the Labour Party has been adriotly skipped by Captain Shearer with some very clear assistance from First Officer Captain Francesco Schettino.

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  20. expat (4,050 comments) says:

    Another view that is illuminating if you’re interested in the Labour Party factional views

    http://dimpost.wordpress.com/2012/04/26/strategy-and-tactics

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  21. rolla_fxgt (311 comments) says:

    @Davidp

    Yes we know that happens, but it also happens with alot of other parties, ie ACT & National, and Maori and Mana, or Maori and National or Labour

    Its part of the system, and doesn’t have a huge effect, unless the parties game the system, by splitting the party into electorate and party vote parties, and telling people to vote for the electorate party for the electorate vote, and to party vote for the party vote party, effectively meaning all the electorate seats would be overhang seats. Given that most of the population would find this abhorrent, and we’d have a revolt, I don’t see it happening, and similarly I don’t see the vote split between greens and labour having much effect.

    My view is that if Labour get another new leader this year, or perhaps even two more, if the next leader fizzes out like Shearer, then the Greens and or NZ First will pick up some votes, but the sway voters who are the only ones that decide the election outcomes anyway, will go strongly to National, meaning that National may well gain an absolute majority, and unlike this time, theirs not much the media will be able to do to stop that happening.

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  22. Cactus Kate (551 comments) says:

    Shrewd
    You do an OE when you are in your 20’s
    Perhaps she meant moving to Auckland
    It is overseas compared to the beltway

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  23. wikiriwhis business (4,016 comments) says:

    Finally, this Nat/Lab coalition is showing the strain and crumbling.

    Make way for Winston because the public has finally woken up and the coalition will be punished for its years of abuse and financial drain. Not to mention the highway robbery on the roads from the revenuers

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  24. Roflcopter (463 comments) says:

    @bhudson

    Correct, and much like the Costa Concordia, the Labour Party ship has rolled over and it’s arse is sticking up.

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  25. Roflcopter (463 comments) says:

    @ Cactus

    Maybe she meant Origami Exhibition.

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  26. Pete George (23,576 comments) says:

    More like the Rena, where we can all see it slowly splitting apart and sinking, with containers of support falling off and floating away.

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  27. DJP6-25 (1,387 comments) says:

    As usual; if it’s bad for Labour, it’s good for New-Zealand.

    cheers

    David Prosser

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  28. Jeff (11 comments) says:

    DPF hit it today with his piece in the herald, the Greens are the new opposition. The ship has sailed with Labour, they had a chance to take National on with David Cunliffe’s economic ability, instead they picked weak leadership over arrogant, yet capable leadership.

    Time to run lines on the greens, because god save New Zealand if the Russ gets the treasury keys.

    @Cactus, im in my 20’s and im too busy growing several businesses to go on an OE, so i call bullshit on your claim you cant do it later in life. Staying in boozy shit hole hostels holds all the allure for me, that working pro bono, does for you.

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  29. freethinker (691 comments) says:

    Fran should try a year in each of Afghanistan, Somalia and Syria just to refresh her store of bile and hatred followed by a year each in Greece, Portugal and France to refresh her view of how to stuff up your finances by repeating previous mistakes. She could then return to the Greens and stuff them up terminally I hope.

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  30. thedavincimode (6,759 comments) says:

    PG

    Very good. In fact, it’s exactly like the Rena, or that Aussie wave turbine thingame in the article that Tom Hunter linked to at 12.02 pm.

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  31. V (720 comments) says:

    Labour party people turning down taxpayer gravy, this looks to be a first.

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  32. sparky (235 comments) says:

    David Shearer, needs to learn about politics. Quite frankly the Labour Party are nothing more than a joke. How could anyone vote for that terrbile line up. Clean them all out and start again. I just couldn’t vote for them, and I just don’t believe in there TAX and SPEND stance. Years ago the Labour party represented the working man, now there only there for themselves. Helen Clarke left behind a sinking ship, with no direction, and culture that relies on Welfare.

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