Everyone has people they depend on to keep them going, for moral support, expert advice, to bounce ideas off or just someone to talk to when the going gets tough. Political editor Audrey Young reveals the special crew that Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern turns to most often.

Jacinda Ardern has an army of public servants on whom she can depend for mountains of advice on any issue that suddenly erupts in the running of Government.

But there is a much smaller platoon of close confidants on whom she relies.

This is a group of about a dozen close friends, political


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