Chauvel resigns from Parliament

February 19th, 2013 at 12:07 pm by David Farrar

has announced:

Labour MP Charles Chauvel has today announced his resignation from Parliament.

“I have written to the Speaker, resigning my seat effective Monday 11 March.”

Charles Chauvel said that he had accepted a position with the United Nations in New York, advising on Parliamentary Development and Democratic Governance. 

Good God, is there any limit to how many jobs Helen can arrange for Labour MPs?

While Chauvel was not in favour with Shearer, it is still not a promising sign for Labour that an MP who is in the shadow Cabinet bails out of Parliament for a job. It indicates a lack of confidence he will become a Minister after the election.

Chauvel entered Parliament in 2006 and was always thought likely to become a Minister. He would have been appointed one if Labour had won in 2008.

This means that will be eligible to return to Parliament as a List MP. That is great for the union faction, but not so good for renewal.

Regardless of politics, I wish Charles well in his new job.

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60 Responses to “Chauvel resigns from Parliament”

  1. Roflcopter (465 comments) says:

    “Regardless of politics, I wish Charles well in his new job.”

    I bet that’s what Peter Dunne is saying…. on the outside.

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  2. Manolo (14,011 comments) says:

    The loathsome Rainbow Branch of the Labour Party is exporting itself to New York.

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  3. RRM (9,992 comments) says:

    Ever seen the movie Short Bus Manolo? I’m sure it will be just like that :-P

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  4. Chris2 (768 comments) says:

    Chauvel’s integrity was compromised even before he entered Parliament with the revelation that he was thoroughly rorting the various board appointments he enjoyed under the then Labour Government. He spent up large on the taxpayer with quite significants fees and overseas travel.

    He was not that dissimilar from Chris Carter in his sense of entitlement to use the taxpayer’s money for overseas travel.

    And he will suckle on an even more lavish teat – the United Nations.

    So now we have Clarke, Carter and Chauvell in the UN. Obviously if Darren Hughes had had a surname beginning with the letter C he would have got a UN job too, instead of a civil service job in England.

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  5. Colville (2,297 comments) says:

    Obviously if Darren Hughes had had a surname beginning with the letter C he would have got a UN job too, instead of a civil service job in England.

    so THAT is where the ginga [DPF: Do not be defamatory or you will be suspended]

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  6. Ancient Dan (47 comments) says:

    Had many a run in with Chauval over Labour Party policies in the 80’s but wish him well.
    Does this mean he did not see prospects of a ministry in sight?
    He is a very capable chap and would have done a good job, leaving aside the daftness of the policies he would be carrying out

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  7. Auberon (873 comments) says:

    How long before Moana Mackey leaves the sinking ship? She and Charles were having a heart-to-heart at a local cafe just before this announcement. Perhaps Helen will find her something too?

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  8. James Stephenson (2,221 comments) says:

    Bye Charles, don’t let the door hit your arse on the way out.

    On second thoughts, if this means we’ll have to endure a car with pictures of Carol Beaumont driving around Onehunga….

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  9. RRM (9,992 comments) says:

    Obviously in a career in professional politics there are more opportunities than simply being a politician – and you can switch from one to the other as it suits. And the peasants have a budget for it all.

    Can’t say he ever made much of an impression with this leftist…

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  10. davidp (3,587 comments) says:

    Shearer probably had it in for Chauvel because Chauvel’s Wikipedia entry is about three times as long as Shearer’s.

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  11. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    the U N the worlds ultimate trough for wee committee men

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  12. double d (225 comments) says:

    the very reason i find it impossible to ever trust a Labour polly is they view it as a career, to milk at every opportunity. Showing real concern at career prospects, but no concern for constituents (he is a list MP but his constituency is Labour voters). and to leave halfway through his term. Pfft.

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  13. iMP (2,411 comments) says:

    I wish I was gay. I’d love to work at the UN.

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  14. MT_Tinman (3,246 comments) says:

    Manolo (9,062) Says:
    February 19th, 2013 at 12:15 pm
    The loathsome Rainbow Branch of the Labour Party is exporting itself to New York.

    With great haste I hope.

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  15. Chthoniid (2,047 comments) says:

    It seems to be a bizarrely short sojourn in parliament and an abrupt, hasty departure. What is going on inside Labour?

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  16. Scott Chris (6,175 comments) says:

    Congratulations to Chauvel.

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  17. dubya (242 comments) says:

    The bossiest beanbag bottom in Bowen House, has announced his retirement from parliament. Off to the UN of course. Here’s hoping for no incidents in the airport loos.

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  18. mikemikemikemike (331 comments) says:

    Good – one less leech to fuck up my kids futures

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  19. hj (7,059 comments) says:

    United Nations : zillions of people all linking hands across nations. When the UN agree/ decide you jump!

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  20. Chris2 (768 comments) says:

    That child on the plane from Auckland to Wellington that Chauvel famously told to shut up will not have a chance to vote Chauvel out of Parliament when he reaches 18…

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  21. muggins (3,800 comments) says:

    I am quite pleased to see Chauvel has resigned, the reason being that he was in favour of David Bain receiving compensation,or so he said.
    Otherwise I couldn’t care less what he does or does not do.

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  22. dime (10,083 comments) says:

    How many Gay labour MP’s does that leave?

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  23. hj (7,059 comments) says:

    The Housing Minister says he is surprised Labour Party MPs gave support to Mongrel Mob associates fighting eviction from their state houses.

    t has now emerged that Labour MP for Hauraki-Waikato, Nanaia Mahuta, and Labour list MP Charles Chauvel have supported the women.
    http://tvnz.co.nz/politics-news/labour-mps-supported-gang-associates-3848292

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  24. hj (7,059 comments) says:

    I hope Cunliffe resigns and goes to Big Tobacco (UF)

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  25. Keeping Stock (10,397 comments) says:

    Just heard a cut on a RadioLive story at 1pm that Shearer had told Chauvel he wouldn’t be getting a senior role in a future Labour govt, and that Chauvel was “grateful for that indication”. Plus one to Mr Shearer

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  26. 2boyz (263 comments) says:

    Thankfully no bi-election required, she ya. Certainly not going to miss ya.

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  27. krazykiwi (9,186 comments) says:

    Incredible that someone so useless can be promoted from local to global politics.

    No doubt he will spend what little time is required ‘working’ running interference, and generally mucking in with the other ‘faithful’ any one of whom are expected to take bullets in defence of the Klarkenfuhrer

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  28. Elaycee (4,402 comments) says:

    Thankfully no bi-election required…

    Heh. :D

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  29. lazza (382 comments) says:

    Shocks-Horrors this week … first Pestorious, now Chavel. Oops … possibly an inappropriate comparison but on levels of the shock O meter off the scale readings … Oh well you catch my drift. If CC (rider) bails out what other Lab rodents are next? If Auntie Helen keeps pulling this particular rug then … Dave S is doomed

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  30. Akaroa (575 comments) says:

    United Nations! Oh my gawd!! What a dead beat bunch of self-serving troughers they are, to be sure!

    I was with the United Nations in Cyprus for a spell – ostensibly keeping the peace between the warring Greek and Turkish Cypriot factions in that troubled Mediterranean Island.

    Where shall I start? With the – (they shall remain unidentified) – European United Nations military contingent who were caught out selling weapons to the Turkish Cypriots and smuggling them to the buyer in their big white “UN” plastered armoured personnel carriers? Somewhere i still have a copy of the Cypriot newspapers showing the weapons all laid out on the ground in front of the UN vehicle with tearful blue beret-ed UN soldiers standing about looking sorry for themselves.

    Or with the civilian foreign Judge who was, on behalf of the UN, addressing the legalities of the conflict and for whom we provided a personal driver. His Honour the Judge – (heavy sarcasm there!) -spent much of his time in Cyprus buying up ancient artefacts – amphora and the like – and shipping them to his home country under UN auspices – strictly contrary to Cyprus Government ancient artefact anti-exportation protection provisions.

    I could go on, but sufficient be it for me to retain the firm view that many UN staff are in many instances self-serving gravy-trainers.

    Respect? You are joking aren’t you!

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  31. david (2,561 comments) says:

    Also heard on the radio that Chucky has been working for the UN for 3 or 5 years on governance and Aids legislation around the world. Anyone know if this is normal? was it paid? was he double-dipping ?
    In fact can MP’s have secondary jobs legitimately?

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  32. Pete George (23,676 comments) says:

    The other side are calling this another sign of disunity in Labour’s caucus. Will any more of the disloyal 10 or 11 also be resigning? Or will they just resign themselves to languishing on the back bench?

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  33. Peter (1,723 comments) says:

    This will give Gareth Hughes a clear run at Ohariu.

    Just a little joke there.

    Twice.

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  34. alex (304 comments) says:

    Oh god, more pointless commentary on the sexuality of an MP. Chauvel was a deeply mediocre MP, and frequently lost elections against Peter Dunne of all people. Why so much comment on the fact that he was gay? Grow up everyone, and find something meaningful to talk about.

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  35. Jack5 (5,143 comments) says:

    GFR

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  36. thedavincimode (6,861 comments) says:

    Correction

    It seems to be a bizarrely mercifully short sojourn in parliament

    The oleaginous little dumpling won’t be missed by this correspondent.

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  37. hmmokrightitis (1,595 comments) says:

    Would love to know the recruitment process at the UN, and how jobs for mates is viewed…

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  38. hj (7,059 comments) says:

    It appears Professor Paul Spoonley works for the UN while giving us impartial advice:

    JESSICA – Let’s talk a little bit about that population spread. Why are so many people moving to Auckland?

    PAUL – Well, Auckland – there’s an agglomeration effect, so the bigger Auckland becomes, there more attractive it becomes. It becomes more attractive economically, but it also becomes more attractive as a place to live. And so we’re seeing the sort of perimeters of New Zealand, the regions, beginning to flat-line, so they’re not growing, and we’re now beginning to see the first of regions beginning to decline.

    and promoting the Diversity Dividend (population growth/ cheek ‘n jowl) that is “absolutely essential” to our standard of living:
    http://publicaddress.net/speaker/what-diversity-dividend/

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1207/S00280/qa-jessica-mutch-interviews-paul-spoonley.htm

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  39. Bob R (1,385 comments) says:

    How much evidence do people need that the UN is a bloated leftwing bureaucracy? Could we PLEASE have a referendum on withdrawing from this inefficient, wasteful, corrupt organisation?

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  40. meh (165 comments) says:

    I’m now curious who Labour will stand in Ohariu vs Dunne & Shanks.. (Hughes barely registers as a viable candidate)

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  41. labrator (1,850 comments) says:

    Andrew Little for Ohariu?

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  42. Urban Redneck (234 comments) says:

    Good riddance. If he stayed on, the most notable thing he could’ve possibly achieved would be to rival the grandiose indulgences and publicly-funded lifestyle excesses of Jonathan Hunt.

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  43. PhilP (163 comments) says:

    “Shovel” Chauvel moves from one public tit job to another with Aunty Hulun. What a “Cock”

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  44. Kacang (36 comments) says:

    So he’s gone, Oh dear. How sad. Never mind. Yawn…. zzzz

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  45. Johnboy (16,964 comments) says:

    It seems to pay huge dividends for the pinker members of Labour society to have a man (like Helen) on the inside at the UN. :)

    Not that I am suggesting that the whole outfit is corrupt of course! :)

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  46. PhilP (163 comments) says:

    Mr Chauvel would not be jumping ship except for two things;
    1. Shearer will not make him a Minister in his Cabinet so he throws his toys out of the cot.
    2. The UN pay packet is far in excess of his current MP’s salary.
    Once a trougher always a trougher (for liarbour MP’s anyway)

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  47. stigie (1,299 comments) says:

    3 big Cs working at the UN now, Carter, Chauvel and Clark.
    Opps… Got that wrong, should read Carter, Chauvel and Klark !!

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  48. SHG (317 comments) says:

    Guess he just gave up on ever being able to beat Dunne in Ohariu.

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  49. big bruv (14,112 comments) says:

    As others have said, Chauvel will not be missed. He has contributed nothing in his six or so years in the house.

    Mind you, what this also says is that Chucky thinks that he will not be a Minister in the next five or so years. Make no mistake, this is a highly placed Labour MP who knows that his own party is fucked.

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  50. big bruv (14,112 comments) says:

    Carol Beaumont….

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha..another waste of space union low life goes onto the pubic payroll.

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  51. Steve (North Shore) (4,579 comments) says:

    Dime @ 1.13

    How many Gay labour MP’s does that leave?

    All of them. If they are not gay, homo, lesbian, trans, then they are just plain strange – pretty gay I reckon

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  52. Johnboy (16,964 comments) says:

    “How many Gay labour MP’s does that leave?”

    Still far too many! :)

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  53. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,753 comments) says:

    What a Tin Pot country New Zealand has become.

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  54. Johnboy (16,964 comments) says:

    Pol follows Tin. :)

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  55. Northland Wahine (667 comments) says:

    May the overseas flight over be child crying filled for Chauvel.

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  56. Peter (1,723 comments) says:

    There’s a vacancy opened up for “Labour Loser In Ohariu”, then.

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  57. KevinH (1,234 comments) says:

    Despite being a list MP, Chauvel is a talented committed individual who had a lot to offer to New Zealand and his loss through resignation mid term is a blow to Labour’s re election chances. The divisions within Labours caucus could not be more apparent and further damages Shearers ability to form a credible coalition government at the next election.
    For the remaining Labour caucus, the question you need to ask is how badly do you want to govern?

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  58. calendar girl (1,260 comments) says:

    The most striking thing about this story, for me anyway, has not raised any significant discussion.

    In his own words, Chauvel has “accepted a position with the United Nations in New York, advising on Parliamentary Development and Democratic Governance.”

    That raises two things in my mind:

    1. Who, or what UN Department / function, has Mr Chauvel been hired to advise? (Our MSM seem incapable of asking obvious questions. It may be that he’s joining Helen Clark’s UNDP, which itself would be newsworthy in this country.)

    2. As someone about to be employed to advise on “Parliamentary Development and Democratic Governance”, perhaps Mr Chauvel might care to remind us which way he voted on that egregious, undemocratic smear on New Zealand’s democracy – The Electoral Finance Act 2007.

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  59. BlairM (2,356 comments) says:

    Shovel wasn’t the most talented politician to grace the House, but by current Labour standards he was one of their better MPs. The fact he is jumping ship now when polls show a Labour Green government next time around speaks volumes to the current dysfunctionality of the Labour Party.

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  60. Manolo (14,011 comments) says:

    The delicate Charlie Chauvel to the rescue: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/02/20/us-other-nations-quietly-maneuvering-to-rein-in-sprawling-inefficient-un-system/

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