Labour appoints Tim Barnett general secretary
The Labour Party has appointed former Christchurch Central MP Tim Barnett as its new general secretary.
He takes up the position on July 26 replacing Chris Flatt who has been appointed secretary of the Dairy Workers' Union.
For the past year Barnett has been a consultant in Southern Africa "developing political leadership to address the HIV epidemic", Labour said in a statement.
Labour president Moira Coatsworth said Flatt had been a very strong leader during challenging times, and left the party in a stronger financial position and in good health.
"Tim comes to this role with considerable experience as a political representative and manager of organisations, at a fascinating and exciting time in our history. He will be driving implementation of our Organisational Review, forging a campaign-ready Labour machine nationwide and spearheading our fundraising. All key tasks towards achieving Labour-led government from 2014," she said.