Expelled Labour MP Chris Carter is leaving New Zealand to tackle corruption in warn-torn Afghanistan.
Te Atatu MP Carter is to take up a post in Kabul with the United Nations. He has previously said he would leave parliament at the election.
It's understood Carter is to quit next week before flying out that weekend.
His departure won't force a by-election because it is less than three months to the November 26 election.
Prime Minister John Key said he heard about the appointment last night.
"Kabul can be a bit of rough place," he said. "Good luck out there."
This news comes as no surpirse; there was talk a few weeks back of Carter having applied for a role with the UN.
And one thing is clear; there's still no love lost between Carter and his former Labour colleague and leader Phil Goff; read on:
Carter was booted out of Labour last year for plotting against Labour leader Phil Goff and is now an independent MP. Before that he was demoted for using his ministerial credit card to buy personal items.
Goff said: "I'd wish anybody going to Kabul well, but what he does is his affair."
He didn't give Carter a job reference. "He didn't ask and I wouldn't have given one."
Carter must quit before he leaves, he said. "It's common sense. No-one accepts two salaries. If you've got a job and it's a paying job, you resign. I imagine that's what he'll do."
Asked if former Prime Minister Helen Clark , now UN development programme administrator in New York, lined up the job , Goff said: ''Well I don't know that that's happened. I'm not sure how he's got the job.''
Chris Carter will have his work cut out for him; trying to cut down on corruption in Kabul, which is not one of the world's safest cities by any stretch of the imagination. It seems that his tell-all book on the goings-on in the Labour Party will remain a work in progress, and we suspect that Carter's former colleagues will be delighted to see him fly away. At least this time around, someone other than the New Zealand taxpayer will be picking up the tab.