Labour’s Andrew Kirton who came under fire in the wake of the Labour Party youth camp allegations is understood to be leaving his job as general secretary to join Air New Zealand.
This is a blow to Labour, as Kirton was one of their more competent General Secretaries. He absolutely mishandled the youth camp issue, but overall has been a good performer for Labour.
It is a bit unusual to leave such a role when the party is finally in Government.
The Air NZ role is a good one for him though, as previously he was head of public affairs for Heathrow Airport.