Little’s chief press secretary abandons ship

Andrew Little’s chief press secretary has quit, leaving perhaps the most disappointing job in New Zealand.

Her brief was to get Little into the 6pm news as often as possible and to a certain extent she succeeded. Unfortunately it was often for all the wrong reasons.

Labour’s chief press secretary and former editor of the Woman’s Weekly, Sarah Stuart, has resigned from Andrew Little’s office.

Stuart will finish in late May and cited “family reasons” as her motivation for leaving.

“I will be sorry to leave but have made this difficult decision for family reasons. I will miss the cut and thrust of Parliament, the talented team in the Leader’s Office and the strength and integrity that Andrew embodies,” she said.  

Stuart, whose other former roles included deputy editor of the Herald On Sunday and the Sunday Star Times and head of APN’s regional and daily community newspapers, has also worked in Sydney as a journalist.

Her appointment as Labour head of media and communications in February last year was initially delayed after Little’s first choice for the job pulled out in favour of a higher-paid role with a major corporation.

“Sarah is an experienced and senior media professional and has brought real focus and energy to the role. She has achieved high media and communications standards in my office. Sarah has been a huge support to me. I am sorry to see her go,” Little said.

There may well be another reason for her departure.

Labour’s talent pool is as shallow as a bird bath, it is far better to work in the private sector than for a party doomed to perpetual opposition.

The only reason someone works for opposition leaders is they one day think they will be in power. No one thinks that about Andrew Little.


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