Labour leader Andrew Little has filled the last major role in his leadership office, announcing former Herald journalist and NZ Woman's Weekly editor Sarah Stuart as his chief press secretary.
Labour announced the full team today after appointing Ms Stuart, whose former roles include deputy editor of the Herald on Sunday and managing editor of APN's regional titles. She was editor of the NZ Woman's Weekly from the end of 2010 to 2013.
Ms Stuart will take on the role of director of media and communications - combining the work of a chief press secretary for Mr Little with a wider communications strategy oversight for Labour. In the past, the two roles were done by different people but Labour's smaller caucus means it now had less funding for staff.
Labour's ad for the role was mocked for specifying targets such as the number the Facebook likes the new press sec should be aiming for.
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The full leadership team includes chief of staff Matt McCarten, political director Neale Jones, both of whom were already in Labour's office prior to the change in leadership from David Cunliffe to Andrew Little. Martin Taylor, formerly chief executive of the Aged Care Association, is the new Director of Research and Policy.