NZ Herald Weekend editor Miriyana Alexander has confirmed Pebbles Hooper has stepped down from her role as Spy co-editor.

"Today I accepted the resignation of Pebbles Hooper, effective immediately. She will no longer co-edit the Spy pages in the Herald on Sunday, or appear in the Weekend Herald's Canvas magazine, " Alexander said.

"As I said on Sunday, the views she expressed in her tweet were distressing, and are obviously not shared by me, or the Herald on Sunday.

"I have also apologised to a family spokesman for the contents of the tweet and the distress it caused them."

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