Labour leader David Cunliffe's chief of staff Wendy Brandon
has resigned five months into the job, citing ill health.
Ms Brandon was a respected Auckland lawyer before taking up
the role in Mr Cunliffe's office last September.
Sources said Labour's caucus and staff were told today she
had resigned because of a serious case of shingles.
Ms Brandon has been on leave for several weeks because of the
A spokesman for Mr Cunliffe confirmed Ms Brandon had resigned
on medical advice. The resignation would be effective from
the end of February.
"She has been suffering from shingles and medical advice has
suggested resigning was the best course of action.''
Deputy chief of staff Karl Beckett was filling the role in
her absence and a process to find a replacement was underway.
"Labour wishes to thank her for her great work in getting the
office set up and wishes her a speedy recovery.''
Ms Brandon was appointed after Mr Cunliffe took over the
leadership, a change in which former leader David Shearer's
chief of staff Fran Mold and chief press secretary Julian
Robins were both replaced.
Ms Brandon was General Counsel at Auckland Council before
entering Mr Cunliffe's office and was seconded as a senior
adviser when he was Minister of Health.