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New lineup for Labour Leader’s office

Written By: - Date published: 5:15 pm, September 21st, 2016 - 49 comments
Categories: Andrew Little, labour - Tags: ,

Via Scoop:

Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little has today appointed Neale Jones as Chief of Staff and Mike Jaspers as Chief Press Secretary.

Neale Jones presently works in the Leader’s Office as Political Director.

Mike Jaspers currently works for New Zealand Rugby in a senior communications role. He previously worked for Sir Michael Cullen as press secretary and before that worked in the Parliamentary Press Gallery for TVNZ.

49 comments on “New lineup for Labour Leader’s office”

  1. Excellent appointment for Chief of Staff. I’ve known Neale for years and he is a top bloke and good value for the job. I know he also worked with Andrew Little at the EPMU, modernising that union’s comms, and, clearly, they both work together well. I predict good things for Labour.

  2. Colonial Viper 2

    Looking forward to seeing those sharp comms and PR skills from NZ Rugby put to good use.

    • Lanthanide 2.1

      Wonder how much, if anything, he had to do with the Chiefs imbroglio.

      • Colonial Viper 2.1.1

        indded. Being one of the senior comms team, at the very least he would have been in the same meetings.

        • Sigh 2.1.1.1

          I’m reliably informed he was on leave at the time of the Chiefs fiasco. Honestly, you do nothing but smear CV.

        • dukeofurl 2.1.1.2

          You did notice it was a Chiefs issue, so ‘it just might be’ all concocted in Hamilton with the media people at NZRFU in Wellington rolling their eyes.

          ” Chiefs Rugby Club itself is 50% owned by the provincial unions within the Chiefs’ catchment and 50% by a group of private investors .”

          We could see a hint of the disaster to come when the woman who was running the comms in Hamilton came out with some awful comment about the incident.

          • Colonial Viper 2.1.1.2.1

            So, now the NZRFU can be considered independent of the incident? So the investigation by the NZRFU senior lawyer was independent, then? No not really, right.

            • dukeofurl 2.1.1.2.1.1

              Its not the NZRFU who is you are pointing the finger its their media advisers

              The lawyer wasnt mentioned but is this a hint ?
              “Andrew Golightly is a former Northland Rugby Union Chairman (2008-2014) and board member since 2007. He also served five years as a Director of the Blues (2008-13) and is an experienced lawyer and advisor, specialising in employment, disputes resolution and commercial matters. Andrew joined the New Zealand Rugby Board in 2014.”

          • Grant 2.1.1.2.2

            “We could see a hint of the disaster to come when the woman who was running the comms in Hamilton came out with some awful comment about the incident.”

            Comer isn’t comms for The Chiefs. She’s management with Gallaghers who sponsor The Chiefs

            http://m.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11687082

            “The Chiefs’ major sponsor has supported the franchise following allegations of inappropriate contact with a stripper.

            Gallagher Group corporate services executive Margaret Comer said she was “reluctant to say that the boys were out of line” after a stripper accused unnamed Chiefs players of touching her during the team’s Mad Monday celebrations.”

            • dukeofurl 2.1.1.2.2.1

              I understand she was on ‘secondment’ to the Chiefs at the time

              • Enough is Enough

                Your understanding is completely incorrect.

                She works for a sponsor. She does not, and has not been engaged by the Chiefs in any capacity at any time.

                • dukeofurl

                  Here is some pics of here with Chiefs executives when Gallagher Group was announced as the Chiefs ‘principal partner’
                  Chiefs Licence Press Conference, 10 December 2013
                  “NZR Chief Executive Steve Tew, Chiefs CEO Andrew Flexman, Margaret Comer from Gallagher (new principal partner), Sir William Gallagher, Chiefs Chairman Dallas Fisher, and Taranaki Rugby Football Union Chairman Lindsay Thomson”
                  All the top table seems to include Comer !

                  Her face does appear (behind the camera) at media standups with the Chiefs CEO over the the Scarlett incident.

                  Its clear she was the person running the media show for the Chiefs – all the while employed by their ‘principal partner’

                  Gallaghers are more than a sponsor , they are a major owner of the franchise

                  • Enough is Enough

                    Where are you getting this bullshit from

                    The chiefs owners are publicly known. And guess what, none of the owners have any connection to Gallaghers.

                    Please do some basic research before making stuff up. The Companies Office can be a great tool

                    • dukeofurl

                      Gee I forgot the link the media event where Gallaghers were announced as the ‘principal partner’
                      http://photosportnz.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/131210-Chiefs-Media-and-Training/G00004U4Yb8q.dy8/I0000lfe3xGv1K6k/C00006aXHvbatRU8

                      But I gave the text !
                      Yes the The companies office is opaque. It just lists two limited partnerships as owners . One was the regional rugby unions and the other were ‘private investors’ Its clear from their media appearances at the time Gallaghers were ‘principal partner’- their words.

                      My bullshit actually connects to publicly known facts, what bullshit are you spouting that Gallaghers have ‘no connection’

                      When the Chiefs CEO fronts the media Comer is there too
                      http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/super-rugby/82888863/chiefs-ceo-widens-inquiry

                      Who do think that is behind him to the right , head partly down.
                      the picture byline was interesting
                      “Chiefs franchise boss Andrew Flexman shut down a brief press conference…” No doubt on Comers signal, thats why they have these people there

                    • Enough is Enough

                      Lets dig down another layer of that ownership…

                      Who are the private investors?…if you try really hard the Companies Office will tell you.

                      I know the answer but this is fun drawing it out of you.

                      I will give you one answer though. No Gallaghers or Comers have any ownership interest in the Chiefs.

                      Now go out there do some reasearch

                    • dukeofurl

                      The entity is
                      Chiefs (Waikato Investors) Limited Partnership doesnt disclose who the partners are. Public information at the formation gave Gallaghers as a principal partner. They used that term rather than sponsor – which they announced later with other sponsors

                    • Enough is Enough

                      You are getting very close now my friend.

                      Have a look at those Waikato Investors….

                      Still no Gallaghers

                    • dukeofurl

                      Thompson Wake Trustees, a law firm trustee company, is listed as trustee for 22% of the Chiefs Waikato partnership.

                      Thomson Wake Trustees is also linked to 3 Gallagher family members( John , Alice and Keith), part owners ( nearly 50%) of Gallagher Holdings

                    • Enough is Enough

                      So assuming that this law firm is holding Gallaghers interests (which it is isn’t), what percentage of the Chiefs do they own…?

                      Does that make Gallaghers as you said “a major owner of the franchise”?

                    • dukeofurl

                      So you said
                      ‘No Gallaghers or Comers have any ownership interest in the Chiefs.’

                      Doesnt look like it. Seems you didnt dig deeply enough.

                      The phrase ‘principal partner’ when announcing a new ownership with a series of partnerships means only one thing. It is what it is.

                      They may well have reduced their share since 2013 as the rest of the private partners are tiddlywinks.
                      Maybe Comer should stop running the press conferences for the Chiefs CEO if she has no connection

                    • Enough is Enough

                      You have still not shown me anywhere that Gallaghers have any ownership interest, let alone a major owner as you spouted.

                      They don’t.

                      They are the principal sponsor

  3. Chuck 3

    “Mike Jaspers currently works for New Zealand Rugby in a senior communications role”

    That won’t go down well with many on this blog…the evil corporate Rugby Union spin doctor is now the new Labour party spin doctor 🙂

    • Gangnam Style 3.1

      Talking out your arse again shit stirrer.

      • adam 3.1.1

        Chucky is not a shit stirrer, he’s a conspiracy nut…

        • weka 3.1.1.1

          No reason he can’t be both.

          • In Vino 3.1.1.1.1

            He is a semi-literate, trolling muppet, like Pockish Rogue and Maninamuddle. Their new tactic is to derail by being friendly and matey. Why else are they constantly cackling away on nearly every thread on this site?
            A new form of Peter George.
            Don’t respond to their apparent friendliness. Study the ways of One Anonymous Bloke. He identifies these sleazebags early in the piece and gives them hell. We all need to. Tell them to fuck off.

            • Garibaldi 3.1.1.1.1.1

              Yes In Vino. These right wing twats are ruining/derailing too many of our threads. Case in point…. I was going to put in a comment( when there were only nine) on Kevin Hagues fine contribution to parliament but the comments had been overrun by Pockish Rogue( I like your none too subtle alterations to their names).

            • Red 3.1.1.1.1.2

              must keep the echo chamber intact eh in vino, mate

            • Chuck 3.1.1.1.1.3

              “Don’t respond to their apparent friendliness.”

              LOL…you are really quite a paranoid fella, ain’t you In Vino!

            • Puckish Rogue 3.1.1.1.1.4

              That’s Puckish if you please

              • In Vino

                If the cap fits, wear it. In deference to Chuck, however, I agree with the guy who at some later stage calls you ‘Pockish Rouge’.
                Red: Echo chamber?? Haven’t you seen the internecine way that lefties fight one another? I respect honest disagreement and debate. You right wing trolls are not providing that. Constant diversion and derailment need to be made a banning offence.
                Chuck: I know I’m paranoid, but the big question is, am I paranoid enough? In your case, definitely not. You are far from being our affable mate.

          • Leftie 3.1.1.1.2

            Agreed Weka, that’s what I was thinking too.

      • Chuck 3.1.2

        The other day the NZ Rugby Union typified the old boys network, rape culture, evil corporate monster (re – stripper issue) according to most on this blog.

        Then yesterday the senior NZ Rugby Union spin doctor became the new Labour Party chief spin doctor.

        It seems pointing that out to you Gangnam Style has made you feel a little uncomfortable.

        • dukeofurl 3.1.2.1

          Chiefs Rugby is not owned by NZRFU. Its 50:50 private investors and 6 provincial unions.

          • Nessalt 3.1.2.1.1

            Where does it’s primary funding come from dukeofurl? The NZRFU thanks to lucrative deals with gasp, NewsCorp!

            so Mr. Jaspers has been running the positive spin for an organisation with proven close financial links to of the primary mouthpieces of the deep state. And now he’s in the labour leaders office. John key’s time is up as he’ve moved away from serving his puppet masters. Andrew’s time has arrived.

        • I Feel Love 3.1.2.2

          Are things really that black & white for you Chuck? I mean do you actually believe what you say or stirring poo? I think the latter, but whatever rocks your boat little man.

  4. mosa 4

    With rugby always being right up there in the popularity stakes Mike Jaspers has done an outstanding job.
    Lets see him do the same for the Labour party… he has less than 12 months and it will be one hell of an assignment.

  5. James 5

    Do you think he will do a better job than the “game changer” McCarten in the Chief of staff role?

  6. Bill 6

    Fair to say “Neale Jones good, Mike Jaspers…jury out”?

  7. Richard Rawshark 7

    Fiddling while Rome burns is what I think this is.

    Angry Andy

    A subtle brilliance in it’s stifling the oppositions leader in two words.

    Since then smiles and niceties.

    Working well.

    So when the opposition leader is too worried about his polling and position/job to rattle the ceiling with his voice in the beehive, at the outrageous antics of these, these, imbeciles, he smiles and meekly shows outrage thinking of how he’s coming across.

    No ones actually going to believe your passionate about the direction and actions of the present buffoons if you photobomb Canadian PM’s or show a half arsed conviction in what your saying.

    So change crap all we like, it’s not going to make enough difference in my honest opinion.

    The party needs to step up, get the word out. This lot are bad for NZ and do it with passion.

  8. Richard Rawshark 8

    Such awesome news 7 threads so far this might crack 8. /sarc

    Labour is not getting media time, what’s with that?, lack of media announcements heading out that’s newsworthy? What are Labour doing?

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  • Transitioning to a fully-qualified home-based ECE workforce
    Home-based early childhood education (ECE) subsidised by the government will transition to a fully qualified workforce by 2025 to ensure better and more consistent quality, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “Quality early learning helps provide children with a strong foundation for their future,” Chris Hipkins said. From 1 January ...
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  • Criminal Cases Review Commission gets to work
    The new Criminal Cases Review Commission | Te Kāhui Tātari Ture (CCRC) has started work and can now independently investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “Even though we have appeal rights and safeguards against unsafe convictions, from time to time our justice system does get things wrong. The design of the ...
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  • Speech by the Minister of Defence to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karangatanga maha, tēnā koutou Ki a koutou Te Āti Awa, Taranaki Whānui, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, ngā mana whenua o te rohe nei, tēnā koutou Ko Te Whare Wānanga o Aotearoa ki ngā take o te Ao (NZIIA), Ko te Rōpū Tohu Tono ...
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  • Six months with baby and $20 more a week for new parents
    The Government’s increase to paid parental leave kicks in today with another 4 weeks taking New Zealand up to a full 6 months (26 weeks, up from 22 weeks) leave for new parents, and the maximum weekly payment will increase by $20pw, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. ...
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  • Infrastructure investment to create jobs, kick-start COVID rebuild
    A new package of infrastructure investments will help kick-start the post-COVID rebuild by creating more than 20,000 jobs and unlocking more than $5 billion of projects up and down New Zealand. Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones today outlined how the $3 billion infrastructure fund in the ...
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  • Statement on passage of national security law for Hong Kong
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today expressed the New Zealand Government’s deep disappointment at the passage by China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee of a national security law for Hong Kong. “New Zealand has consistently emphasised its serious concern about the imposition of this legislation on Hong Kong without inclusive ...
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  • July 1 marks progress for workers, families
    More jobs and more family time with newborns are the centrepiece of a suite of Government initiatives coming into effect today. July 1 is a milestone day for the Government as a host of key policies take effect, demonstrating the critical areas where progress has been made. “The Coalition Government ...
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  • Auckland water consent referred to Board of Inquiry
    Environment Minister David Parker has today “called in” Auckland’s application to the Waikato Regional Council to take an extra 200 million litres of water a day from the lower reaches of the Waikato River for Auckland drinking water and other municipal uses.  The call-in means the application has been referred ...
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  • New Zealand to host virtual APEC in 2021
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker announced today that New Zealand’s hosting of APEC in 2021 will go ahead using virtual digital platforms. Mr Peters said the global disruption caused by COVID-19, including resultant border restrictions, had been the major factor in the ...
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  • Matakana Link Road construction kicks off and drives jobs
    The start of construction on a new link road between Matakana Road and State Highway 1 will create jobs and support the significant population growth expected in the Warkworth area, Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Mayor Phil Goff announced today. Transport Minister Phil Twyford said construction of the Matakana Link ...
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  • PPE supplies secured as COVID-19 response focuses on border
    The Government is prioritising its latest investment in PPE for frontline health workers, including staff at managed isolation and quarantine facilities, Health Minister David Clark says. “With no community transmission of COVID-19 our response now has a firm focus on keeping our border safe and secure. “We must ensure that ...
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  • PGF funding for Parihaka settlement
    The Parihaka Papakāinga Trust in Taranaki will receive up to $14 million for a new visitor centre and other improvements at the historic settlement that will boost the local economy and provide much-needed jobs, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little have ...
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    4 days ago
  • Protections for workers in triangular employment
    Protections for workers who are employees of one employer but working under the direction of another business or organisation have come into force, closing a gap in legislation that  made the personal grievance process inaccessible for some workers, says Workplace Relations Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. “This Government is working hard to ...
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  • Government strengthens managed isolation system
    A range of improvements are already underway to address issues identified in the rapid review of the Managed Isolation and Quarantine system released today, Housing Minister Megan Woods said. The review was commissioned just over a week ago to identify and understand current and emerging risks to ensure the end-to-end ...
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  • Whakatāne to go predator free with Government backing Ngāti Awa led efforts
    The important brown kiwi habitat around Whakatāne will receive added protection through an Iwi-led predator free project announced by Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage and Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. “The Government is investing nearly $5 million into Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa’s environmental projects with $2.5 ...
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    5 days ago
  • Growing Goodwood: Expanding wood waste recycling plant in Bay of Plenty, Waikato
    An extra 4,000 tonnes of offcuts and scraps of untreated wood per year will soon be able to be recycled into useful products such as horticultural and garden mulch, playground safety surfacing and animal bedding as a result of a $660,000 investment from the Waste Minimisation Fund, Associate Environment Minister ...
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  • Scott Watson’s convictions to be referred to Court of Appeal
    The Governor-General has referred Scott Watson’s convictions for murder back to the Court of Appeal, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today. Mr Watson was convicted in 1999 of the murders of Ben Smart and Olivia Hope. His appeal to the Court of Appeal in 2000 was unsuccessful, as was his ...
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  • Protecting Kiwis with stronger financial supervision
    A new five-year funding agreement for the Reserve Bank will mean it can boost its work to protect New Zealanders’ finances, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. “New Zealand has a strong and stable financial system. Financial stability is an area that we are not prepared to cut corners for, particularly ...
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  • Forgotten funds and missing money
    A law change has been introduced to make it easier for forgotten funds in institutional accounts to be returned more easily to their rightful owners. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash has introduced an amendment to the Unclaimed Money Act 1971. It will update the rules controlling forgotten sums of money held ...
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  • Government delivers on mental health commitment
    The Government is delivering on election commitments and a key recommendation of He Ara Oranga: Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction with the establishment of a permanent independent Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission, Health Minister Dr David Clark says. Legislation enabling the establishment of the fully ...
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  • New Zealand privacy law modernised
    A Bill to replace New Zealand’s Privacy Act passed its third reading in Parliament today, Justice Minister Andrew Little has announced. “The protections in the Privacy Bill are vitally important. The key purpose of the reforms is to promote and protect people’s privacy and give them confidence that their personal ...
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  • Tourism operators provided extra support
    Extra support is being provided to tourism businesses operating on public conservation land announced Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage today.  The Government is providing $25m worth of support to tourism operators impacted by COVID-19, with a decision to waive most Department of Conservation tourism related concession ...
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  • Queenstown infrastructure package to bolster local economy
    A central Government partnership with Queenstown will help unlock around $300 million of projects in the township and create about 320 direct jobs, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced today. The Government will contribute $85 million to the Queenstown Town Centre ($35m) project and Stage One of the Queenstown Arterials ...
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  • Key appointments to ensure high quality healthcare for New Zealanders
    Health Minister Dr David Clark welcomes the appointment of Auckland coroner Morag McDowell to the role of Health and Disability Commissioner. He is also pleased his appointments to the inaugural Paramedic Council were confirmed by gazette this week. The new Health and Disability Commissioner Ms McDowell will commence the role ...
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  • Whakatāne Māori food producers receive $2.1m PGF boost
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing $2.1 million in a blueberry orchard initiative, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. “The Meihana Koata Trust will receive a loan from the PGF’s Whenua Māori allocation to develop an 18.8 hectare blueberry orchard on ...
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  • PGF investment in Rewa’s Village
    A well-known Māori tourism in Northland will receive $1.25 million from the Provincial Growth Fund for much-needed redevelopment, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Rēhia Charitable Trust will use the funding to upgrade Te Pā Kāinga o Rewa, or Rewa’s Village, in Kerikeri. The long-established ...
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