Political science lecturer and commentator Jon Johansson is the new chief of staff for New Zealand First.
Johansson is a key appointment following New Zealand First's decision to sign a coalition agreement with Labour.
He replaces David Broome, who previously worked for Federated Farmers.
Winston Peters announced Johansson's appointment as the party's chief of staff at Parliament today.
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Johansson is a senior lecturer in comparative politics at the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations at Victoria University of Wellington. His specialties include New Zealand and American politics, and political leadership.