11 Apr 2022

Departing MP Louisa Wall to earn up to $210,000 in new role

From Checkpoint, 5:27 pm on 11 April 2022

Checkpoint can reveal outgoing Labour MP Louisa Wall will earn up to $210,000 in her new role as a gender equality ambassador - a job that was not advertised.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has confirmed the fixed term-two year role was created last month and filled by direct appointment.

Louisa Wall, who resigned suddenly two weeks ago, had been a champion for marriage equality and creating safe zones around abortion clinics during her 13 years in Parliament.

She had also been vocal in her support for former leader David Cunliffe when he ran against Grant Robertson for the party's leadership in 2014.

But she revealed to TVNZ's Q+A over the weekend the Prime Minister had made it very clear she would never be a minister under her leadership and had made it clear she wasn't wanted in her caucus.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern clarified the situation a short time ago at her post cabinet press conference, where she denied holding a grudge against the Manurewa List MP.