Shearer onto third chief of staff

July 24th, 2013 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

I blogged on 14 June:

Have heard from two separate sources that two very senior staff in ’s office are departing.

Have been wrong once before on this issue so not naming staff, but as I said have heard from two different people. No doubt will be confirmed one way or another this afternoon.

Labour denied that any of their staff were departing. However I had heard from (by the end of the day) three sources that Chief of Staff had agreed to depart, and Labour were searching for a successor. They denied that also.

Yesterday we learnt:

There are further changes in Labour leader ’s office after his chief of staff Alastair Cameron resigned to be replaced by his former chief press secretary Francesca Mold.

The change is effective immediately, Labour confirmed.

So it was correct.

What is interesting is that David Shearer has been leader for just 18 months and he is onto his third chief of staff. As a contrast John Key has been Leader of National for six and a half years and has had the same Chief of Staff throughout. In fact many of his office have been with him the whole time.

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26 Responses to “Shearer onto third chief of staff”

  1. Pete George (23,421 comments) says:

    If it wasn’t for the polls, the media, The Standard, Whale Oil, David Farrar, David Cunliffe and two chiefs of staff then we would see the real leadership potential of David Shearer.

    Something funny and sad from Twitter yesterday:

    Giovanni Tiso ‏@gtiso
    “The problem with David Cunliffe is that he is simply too decent a person.”
    http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/07/22/labour-down-in-latest-poll-why-shearer-may-be-the-best-option/

    @robhosking
    Next week: “The problem with David Shearer is he’s too forceful, commanding and charismatic…”

    While Shearer flails and fails our Parliament suffers (along with most Labour supporters).

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  2. hj (6,797 comments) says:

    Here’s what Labour leader David Shearer has to say:John Key must be kidding with his claim today that first home buyers are a priority for the National Government, says the Labour Leader David Shearer.“The dream of home ownership is already beyond the reach of hundreds of thousands of Kiwis, and when the Reserve Bank introduces limits on high Loan to Value Ratio (LVR) lending things will only get worse.“John Key’s Government gave the Reserve Bank the power to use LVRs knowing full well it could add $50-60,000 to the deposit for an average Auckland house.“Who will be able to afford to find that sort of money? Certainly not first home buyers.“John Key wants the New Zealanders to believe that the problems facing first home buyers are nothing to do with him. In fact they are a direct result of his inaction.“The National Government has failed to address the real issues in the housing market. John Key’s out of touch, and he’s put the interests of property speculators ahead of people looking to buy their first home.“Labour will roll up its sleeves and tackle both supply and demand. We will build 100,000 affordable homes over 10 years for first time buyers. We’ll tax property speculation to take the heat out of the market. And we will protect first home buyers with an interim exemption from LVRs until the rampant housing market is brought under control.“Labour’s plan will give first home buyers hope, and a realistic chance to get into an affordable home that they can call their own,” says David Shearer.Login or register to post comments

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  3. hj (6,797 comments) says:

    Imagine your David Shearer: imagine the fruitcakes on offer!?

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  4. hj (6,797 comments) says:

    We don’t like propety speculation being taxed does we?

    P.S I see the boss is wanting money from ***the crown*** or buildings will be boarded up like Detroit. What would Ann Ryand say?

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  5. Nostalgia-NZ (5,085 comments) says:

    Easy to draw the conclusion that Shearer is not accepting of the idea that self-discipline and personal management is the answer for him rather than ‘external’ help, he’s a bit like the old style prop that liked to keep their head down in the scrum even after the half back called break – and about as dextrous of thought as the front rower’s club president in the provinces. Looking forward to seeing what Fran Mold contributes and if she can help drag Shearer away from the increasingly popular view that he seems to be always considering last week’s news and somewhat unable to develop sound ideas or responses off the cuff that will resonate with the public and labour policy. He continues to come across as having a safe ‘zero’ style personality and a ‘hard wiring’ problem that prevents him connecting with both humour or insight at the same time – wooden. I’ve been keen to give him a go because the country benefits from good leaders of political parties yet the feeling is beginning to creep in that Shearer is always going to be some kind of work in progress, the changes in his staff suggest that, and also that reflects on his own management style not holding up at the top end.

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  6. Cunningham (836 comments) says:

    Shearer is harping on and on about the LVR changes. He does realise that the extra money required for a deposit is actually going towards the person’s mortgage doesn’t he? He talks like the money is going to be taken by the bank never to be seen again. Maybe people will have to wait longer to save more but it will be beneficial in the long run. No wonder people are ditching him. He just seems to approach issues in the wrong way.

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  7. hj (6,797 comments) says:

    Shearer doesn’t mention immigration as a supply factor yet we have had the second highest levels of immigration in the OECD.
    Immigration and tax breaks for investment in residential property are being cited as the underlying causes of steep increases in the cost of housing over the past decade.
    New Zealand now boasts one of the highest rates of home unaffordability in the world as a result of prices rising far faster than incomes, and the government’s Savings Working Group blames that squarely on the policies of successive governments.
    Although “the favourable tax treatment of property investment” accounted for about 50% of house price increases between 2001 and 2007, the working group said, there was also strong evidence that rapid swings in immigration brought about price-rise “shocks”.
    There was a sharp spike in immigration in 2001, 2002 and 2003 and, said working group committee member Dr Andrew Coleman, it appeared that property prices did not fall anywhere near as greatly when immigration fell again.
    The report added that there was little evidence that immigration boosted local incomes. In fact, the need to build roads and schools meant that net migration contributed to the national deficit.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/money/4622459/Government-policies-blamed-for-house-prices
    http://www.treasury.govt.nz/downloads/pdfs/mi-jarrett-comm.pdf
    http://www.treasury.govt.nz/publications/reviews-consultation/savingsworkinggroup/pdfs/swg-report-jan11.pdf

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  8. hmmokrightitis (1,579 comments) says:

    hj, comments like “We don’t like propety speculation being taxed does we?” tend to undermine your position based on the fact that firstly there is already a tax on property speculation – in fact several. And secondly, it merely serves to highlight the fact that positions based on hatred of JK and or narrow political beliefs cant mask stupidity.

    But do keep going, Ive got a few weeks off to go MTBing and enjoying life with the kids before pissing off to warmer climes for a week with the missus, you provide a giggle in the AM :)

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  9. Cunningham (836 comments) says:

    Shearer speaks BS all the time. He is continually trying to pull the wool over the general public’s eyes. This morning he was going on about a capital gains tax (which we do have to an extenet already) like it will solve all the problems. Hasn’t solved the problems in other countries has it? Shearer puts up BS arguments like this on every single issue. And he hasn’t got the personality to sell it. What he says just doesn’t add up (the 10,000 house a year policy being one example of many). People see this hence why they are getting an ass kicking in the polls

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  10. bhudson (4,736 comments) says:

    Shearer is harping on and on about the LVR changes.

    Shearer and Labour have forgotten that they support macro prudential tools, including LVR.

    This from their Housing spokesperson, Phil Twyford, at the end of May this year:

    Labour supports the Reserve Bank having access to a range of other tools, including LVRs. Tools that would limit bank lending so that the Reserve Bank has options other than raising interest rates.

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1305/S00620/govt-inaction-makes-reserve-bank-the-bad-guy.htm

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  11. smttc (722 comments) says:

    hj, do you even own any real estate? You seem obsessed. The remotest opportunity and you introduce property ownership into each and every thread.

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  12. peterwn (3,235 comments) says:

    “We’ll tax property speculation to take the heat out of the market” said David Shearer. Well, Norm Kirk’s Labour Government tried that in 1973 and house prices skyrocketed. People seem to forget that if a community is growing, house prices reflect the cost of building new houses. Despite what some politicians and Bernard Hickey think, there is in general no significant property ‘bubble’ in Auckland or Wellington. While some tax moves could have an interim downward effect on property prices, it is the tenants of rentals who will ultimately bear the brunt of such taxes, not landlords or owner-occupiers.

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  13. doggone7 (769 comments) says:

    “Shearer speaks BS all the time….And he hasn’t got the personality to sell it.”

    Eureka! The critical difference? John Key does have the personality to sell his particular brand of it?

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  14. Pete George (23,421 comments) says:

    At least Key sounds like he knows what he’s talking about (and he usually does).

    Shearer sounds like he is reciting what he’s been taught and hasn’t got a clue . He needs a new chief of staff to teach him some new lines.

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  15. lastmanstanding (1,263 comments) says:

    In my 44 years in the work force both as an employee and for most of the time an employer you can tell a lot about a person by the retention rate of the people they employ.
    My first experience as a young accountant at 21 was having 8 women employees all older than me some the age of my Mother and 2 the age of my Grand Mother. The youngest was late 20s.
    I learnt a lot in a short time about human relations and the good bad and the ugly of being a boss.

    Good employers will hire good employees in the main ( I had some duffers my fault I didn’t read the signs) and will let them grow into the job and allow them to develop their potential.

    One od my early Directors told me to hire someone who is 50% of whats required and help them to grow the other 50% and over time its worked for me.

    Treat employees the way you want your boss to treat you and most of the time you will get a good result.

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  16. tvb (4,311 comments) says:

    There needs to be some turnover after all circumstances change. There is nothing worse than a smug government saying they are a safe pair of hands and having no ideas for the future and are simply implementing a civil service agenda.

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  17. greenjacket (450 comments) says:

    smttc: hj, do you even own any real estate? You seem obsessed. The remotest opportunity and you introduce property ownership into each and every thread.

    Sorry – I accidentally voted you down. Yes – hj seems a terribly sad obsessive person.

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  18. greenjacket (450 comments) says:

    Quite right lastmanstanding. The staff problems in shearer’s office suggests two things – either (a) Shearer is a really terrible judge of people and keeps picking duds as his staff, or else (b) he is a shit manager and is burning off good people.

    Shearer seems incapable of running a good team, and cannot mobilise and direct his own staff, let alone his caucus (which let’s face it, isn’t exactly brimming over with talent). If was a manager in the private sector, he would have been sacked a year ago – it says a lot about the state of Labour that he is apparently the best person for the job.

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  19. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    I thought, David, that you were keen on labour flexibility. :)

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  20. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    At least Key sounds like he knows what he’s talking about

    Lots of liars sound convincing. I’d prefer someone less convincing tell me the truth.

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  21. doggone7 (769 comments) says:

    “The staff problems in shearer’s office suggests two things – either (a) Shearer is a really terrible judge of people and keeps picking duds as his staff, or else (b) he is a shit manager and is burning off good people.”

    But when it happens in Hekia Parata’s office it’s ‘fine tuning!’

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  22. lastmanstanding (1,263 comments) says:

    doggone7 As a Nat supporter Hate to have to agree but yes Parata’s persona strikes me as having very poor people management and relationship skills. She believes her own publicity and is a legend in her own lunch time as the saying goes.
    She wouldn’t last long in any organization that I ran.

    As one of my former Directors used to say. To lose one CEO is bad luck. To lose 2 CEOs is bad management and indefensible.

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  23. lastmanstanding (1,263 comments) says:

    BTW It was always obvious to me that Mold was a Left Winger when she was on TV. She was soooooooo biased towards the Socialist party and soooooooo biased against the Nats/Act she was an embarrassment to watch.
    Absolutely no attempt to show neutrality or impartiality. I guess that’s what passes for the so called MSM these days.

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  24. Pete George (23,421 comments) says:

    Shearer: Staff shake-up wider than new chief

    When asked how changing a chief of staff would allow great focus on the issues, Mr Shearer said his whole parliamentary office had been reorganised.

    “It’s just simply about being much more focused on where we’re going – the campaign is coming onstream now for the election and we wanted to sharpen up on many of our messages.”

    If his messages are as sharp as that um ah…not expecting miracles. Shearer seems obsessed with messages and is absent management or strategy.

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  25. big bruv (13,662 comments) says:

    Did Shearer use the 90 day law to get rid of Cameron?

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  26. RandySavage (209 comments) says:

    Christ, Farrar your cheerleading is disgraceful

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