Prominent out-gay former Labour MP Tim Barnett is back in New Zealand after being appointed a top role as the party’s General Secretary.
Barnett, a founding member of Rainbow Labour, spearheaded the Prostitution Law Reform Bill and fought hard for gay rights in New Zealand, including being a key supporter of the civil union legislation. He and long-time partner Ramon Maniapoto left New Zealand after Labour was defeated at the 2008 election for a post in Cape Town.
He is now back in Wellington and “busy looking for a home at the moment” after being appointed a top role with the Labour Party.
Maniapoto says the couple are excited to be back in New Zealand. “Great to be back and very excited to be a part of the community again.”
We will feature a more in-depth interview with Barnett shortly.
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