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Labour insider John Pagani moves to NZOG

BUSINESSDESK: Long-time Labour Party political adviser John Pagani has left parliament to become external relations manager for New Zealand Oil & Gas.

A controversial figure along with his wife Josie, who was an unsuccessful Labour candidate at the last two elections, Mr Pagani has been targeted in recent months by factions on the left of the party who saw the pair as encouraging new leader David Shearer to centrist or right-leaning policy positions.

Rumours of his departure first surfaced yesterday on the left-wing Tumeke blog, written by former student radio impresario Martyn "Bomber" Bradbury, who called Pagani's move "the first signal that the right-wing side step of Shearer's leadership has been halted", leading to expressions of relief from readers.

Mr Pagani is understood to have left Mr Shearer's office some weeks ago and had been working more closely with Labour's finance spokesman, David Parker.

The pigeon-holing of the Paganis as coming from the right of the party has occurred despite the fact they were founder members of Jim Anderton's New Labour Party, which split from Labour in protest over the policies of then Finance Minister Roger Douglas, and were prime movers in the left wing political party, the Alliance.

Pagani replaces long-serving NZOG external relations manager Chris Roberts, who is now at Tourism New Zealand.

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Cool

Since when has "bomber" ever let rationality get in the way of Good rhetoric?

Tourism NZ needs a bikini wearing smart looking babe in that role.

Chris is a pro. I'm sure he'll do his best.

What a clever move. Offshore drilling under National administration requires Iwi/Green engagement. Under a Labour Green administration..........go figure. Well done NZOG Win-Win

NZO is starting to make favourable progress and the share price is definitely moving the right way. Just need the Chairman to go...

What's this? Pagani has being seduced by the dark side of the force and has now taken on a corporate role? If he is what passes for the right-wing in the Labour party these days, then God help this country if they ever get back into power.

Just proves that political PR types are all hores in the end - more money??

Completely agree Lindsay...

Fair weather socialist indeed. All mouth and no trousers - he can spew forth the populist rhetoric and propaganda for the poor down trodden worker constantly repressed by evil Corporations and Baron's everywhere - until someone offers a bigger pay check so he can slope off and be another "fat cat" with his union bosses and Labour Party heirachy...

A Corporate prostitute no less - the only surprise is he isn't workign for a tobacco company... because he's so used to peddling poison already - he'd make a great fit there...