Disappointment grows in Labour over summer camp sexual assault investigation

  • 27/06/2018

Disappointment is growing within Labour over the sexual assault investigation within the party. It's being urged to step up and create a safe environment for its youth - by one of its own.

Four teenagers were allegedly harassed at a Labour camp in Waihi in February. A 20-year-old man was arrested this week.

Youth Minister Peeni Henare visited the Waihi event, in his capacity as a Labour MP. He says if future camps go ahead safety must be key.

"Whatever results from pending court case and the internal investigation that's going to happen, I hope that it strengthens civics and gives parents like myself peace of mind," he says.

A 20-year-old will appear in Auckland District Court on four charges of indecent assault.

"It's a wakeup call for everyone on both sides, both those organising them but parents too," Mr Henare says.

"I hope it doesn't affect people's engagement with politics in the future, because we want more of our young people involved."

Andrew Kirton, who was general secretary at the time, resigned last week - but says the two events are not related.

An internal report into the allegations will be released within weeks.