15 Jan 2016

Kirton new Labour Party general secretary

1:00 pm on 15 January 2016

The Labour Party has appointed Andrew Kirton as its new general secretary.

He replaces Tim Barnett, who resigned in September.

Andrew Kirton

Andrew Kirton Photo: Supplied

Formerly an adviser to Helen Clark, Mr Kirton is returning to New Zealand from Britain to take up the job in April.

The party said he brought a wealth of experience from both the private and public sectors to the role.

Mr Kirton was head of public affairs for Heathrow Airport before joining international construction company, Mace Group.

He maintained links to the Labour Party while abroad, and was a part of the party's support network in London, campaigning for the expat vote in the last two general elections.

He was born and raised in Taumarunui.

"Andrew has the attributes of energy and dynamism, coupled with a firm commitment to Labour's values, which equips him ideally for this demanding role", said Labour Party President, Professor Nigel Haworth.