Chief of Staff turnover

Change of government elections always bring about changes of personnel, and not just of MPs. Some Parliamentary staff no longer have jobs, and new ones are appointed.

John Key’s long time chief of staff Wayne Eagleson also worked for Bill English when he took over, but announced he was quitting after the election – NZH: Bill English’s chief of staff Wayne Eagleson quits

The man who’s often been referred to as the most powerful non-elected politician in the country is quitting.

Wayne Eagleson has been Sir John Key and Bill English’s chief of staff for 12 years, but says it’s time to look at other options.

Mr Eagleson will stay around until the new Government is formed, which is expected to be around mid-October.

Eagleson formally told Bill English last week he planned to resign after the election but insiders say it has been known by the Ninth Floor for several months that he planned to go, no matter what the election result.

It is a very demanding job, and of vital importance to the functioning of Government.

Helen Clark’s stalwart chief of staff is back helping Ardern : Helen Clark’s top advisor returns to Labour Party

Former Prime Minister Helen Clark’s top advisor, Heather Simpson, has returned to advise the new Labour Government.

Ms Simpson has a three-decade working relationship with Ms Clark, working as chief of staff to the Labour Party before spending eight years advising Ms Clark at the UN.

Her return is seen as a sign of Labour’s move to strengthen its management team behind the scenes.

She is assisting with the staffing of minister’s offices and ‘reviewing the review’ of the campaign.

She was known as H2 alongside H1 (Clark) – Grant Robertson has been refereed to as H3 when he worked in Clark’s office.

The Greens have also had a change:

Andrew Campbell is leaving New Zealand Rugby to take on the role of chief strategist. He was previously chief of staff for the Greens. He was involved during the campaign, before joining the negotiating team.

Greens announced in April last year:

Green Party Chief of Staff Andrew Campbell has announced his resignation from the position after five and a half years with the party.

Andrew Campbell has overseen the recruitment process for his replacement, and it is anticipated an appointment will be made within the coming weeks.

“Andrew indicated his intention to leave the Greens after the 2014 election, but offered to stay on to oversee the transition to our new male Co-leader James Shaw, and lead the internal change management process after James was elected,” Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said.

“Andrew ran our communications through our two most successful election campaigns and has been a real asset to the Party,” said Mrs Turei.

Campbell seems to have been lured by the Green’s elevation to a position of power. NBR on 12 August (just after Turei resigned and Greens crashed in the polls – The man who could save the Greens:

I gave Mr Campbell a call at NZ Rugby, where he’s now working as a communications manager. In short forget a political comeback.

“I’m really enjoying my work here,” he said. He had no desire to return to politics, or indeed even comment on recent events.

Perhaps the biggest surprise is the change of Chief of staff for NZ First – that warrants a separate post. See Johansson appointed NZ First chief of staff

 

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  1. Blazer

     /  November 1, 2017

    ‘She was known as H2 alongside H1 (Clark) – Grant Robertson has been refereed to as H3 when he worked in Clark’s office.’..this breaches your own rules!Known as..does not cut it.Proper names.

    • Don’t be stupid. I have used their proper names in conjunction with widely known nicknames.

      And I’ve used them in a descriptive way, and they are not derogatory.

      • Blazer

         /  November 1, 2017

        Grant Robertson referred to as Helen 3…is not..derogatory…very good.Your ball.

        • High Flying Duck

           /  November 1, 2017

          I guess if you thought H1 & H2 were somehow contemptible you could think that Blazer. But otherwise the nickname would simply be a reflection of the power he wielded behind the scenes.

          • Blazer

             /  November 1, 2017

            I have no problem with nic names.Until today PG..did.

            • You might benefit from listening and understanding the aims of moderation here, although that doesn’t look likely to happen.

              If you can’t see the difference between my comment and what you repeatedly try to do with derogatory descriptions (not nicknames) then I guess you will just carry on whinging.

            • Ray

               /  November 1, 2017

              Have you ever contemplated having your own blog Blaze, your place, your rules?
              You seem to have plenty of spare time
              Maybe we should have a competition for a name for it.
              “Grammar rules….don’t apply”
              “The Contararian….when it’s the Tories”

            • Blazer

               /  November 1, 2017

              the only difference is that its …your blog..and as I told you H3 is derogatory on any objective assessment.

            • Blazer

               /  November 1, 2017

              @Ray..no I haven’t.None of us is immune from critique..Ray.

            • High Flying Duck

               /  November 1, 2017

              I still cannot see how it is derogatory unless you impute negative connotations to Helen & Heather. H1 was top dog, H2 was power behind the throne. H3 was an extension of that, reflecting his relative power in the party.
              How do you see it as derogatory?

            • Blazer

               /  November 1, 2017

              @HFD..you are presumably male..if I call you a woman,that is derogatory.And you well know the terms H1 and H2 were terms used by the right,and hardly as terms of endearment.

            • High Flying Duck

               /  November 1, 2017

              Now you’re just being sexist. The H designations were about power, not gender.
              If you call me a woman you are being wrong, not derogatory. I think you may have a skewed idea about what being offensive means…

            • Blazer

               /  November 1, 2017

              Is it your contention that H does not stand for Helen?This is core of the argument?

            • High Flying Duck

               /  November 1, 2017

              I’m sure Heather will be pleased to know the H stands for Helen. The moniker was a play on their first names but was related to their power status.
              If you think that is derogatory that is fine. I disagree.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  November 1, 2017

        I slightly agree with B. H3 was informative as well as derogatory.

        On the other hand, B is mostly wholly derogatory.

        • Blazer

           /  November 1, 2017

          I am almost embarrassed for HFD this morning.His arguments border on pathetic.If he continues in this vein, he may almost match your own..cringe factor.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  November 1, 2017

            Thanks for confirming my last observation, B.

          • High Flying Duck

             /  November 1, 2017

            In the land of the blind…

            • Blazer

               /  November 1, 2017

              finally you get something right…H1=Helen,H2=Heather,H3=Grant…very logical when you are blind.

            • Blazer

               /  November 1, 2017

              So I tried this and look at the result!-‘If you call me a woman you are being wrong, not derogatory.’

  2. High Flying Duck

     /  November 1, 2017

    “Of equal interest is the 2005 campaign, not least because both Robertson and Ardern were involved in it — Robertson in particular worked at the highest level, earning the nickname ‘H3’ (referring to the order of precedence behind Clark, H1 and her Chief of Staff, Heather Simpson, H2).”

    https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2017/09/17/48409/thomas-coughlan

    • Blazer

       /  November 1, 2017

      so tell me who anointed Robertson with the ‘nic name’,H3?

      • High Flying Duck

         /  November 1, 2017

        Much as I enjoy bouncing against your never ending wall of wrong on a regular basis, this is another discussion I am ending.
        The nickname referred to his relative power within the party, and had no derogatory meaning. Accept it. Move on.
        If you can find me any derogatory usage I will revisit, but my understanding is it was a reflection that he was next most powerful after the Prime Minister and her Chief of Staff.
        The implication of the article is that it was Labour colleagues who nicknamed him, but that could be wrong.

  3. High Flying Duck

     /  November 1, 2017

    In fact, if Labour is ever again going to appeal to the public as a viable alternative government, it could largely be thanks to this band of relatively new MPs – headed by Grant Robertson, Charles Chauvel, Clare Curran, Phil Twyford and David Shearer.

    The members of this group share at least two things in common – a background in activism that helps them to function better in opposition than some of their colleagues, and a lack of any stigma from being seen to play a significant public role during the Clark era. I say ‘public’ because Robertson did play a key back room role in the Prime Minister’s department for Helen Clark, to the point where he reportedly earned the nickname “H3” – behind H1 ( Clark) and H2 ( Heather Simpson).

    http://werewolf.co.nz/2010/06/labouring-in-the-trenches/

    • Blazer

       /  November 1, 2017

      As Aderns name is missing hardly a very prescient article …was it?

      • High Flying Duck

         /  November 1, 2017

        Once again, ignore the point and move on to an irrelevancy to deflect the depth of your wrong.

        • Blazer

           /  November 1, 2017

          Jacinda Adern had a huge impact on the election.’ if Labour is ever again going to appeal to the public as a viable alternative government, it could largely be thanks to this band of relatively new MPs –’…you are the one who is wrong and being extremely …recalcitrant.

          • High Flying Duck

             /  November 1, 2017

            The discussion was on GR being called H3 FFS, not the election!

            • Blazer

               /  November 1, 2017

              why the link then?AND..a quick trawl through KB archives will provide plenty of evidence re the H1,2,3 TERMS being …derogatory.Nasty right wing..trolls.

            • High Flying Duck

               /  November 1, 2017

              If you read it, it is an article interviewing Grant Robertson and pointing out:
              “Robertson did play a key back room role in the Prime Minister’s department for Helen Clark, to the point where he reportedly earned the nickname “H3” – behind H1 ( Clark) and H2 ( Heather Simpson)”

              In other words it was a positive nickname. End of.

  4. Blazer

     /  November 1, 2017

    well I’ll leave you with the last word..then…’Much as I enjoy bouncing against your never ending wall of wrong on a regular basis, this is another discussion I am ending’.BOL.