The Prime Minister’s office has hired Andrew Campbell as its new chief press secretary.
Campbell is currently the chief strategist and communications director for the Green Party.
He replaces Mike Jaspers, who will move sideways to a more strategic position.
This is a smart appointment. Campbell is one of the most talent operatives on the left in NZ politics. He is also likeable and able to work with diverse people. Generally has a good relationship with the press gallery which should help.
Another former student president, which almost completes their takeover of Labour – Robertson, Hipkins, Kirton and now Campbell.
A significant loss to the Greens. But they will be happy he is in the PMs Office, as he should help considerably with the political management and comms which has been lacking.