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Jacinda Ardern's communications chief adviser Mike Jaspers resigns

The Prime Minister's strategic communications chief adviser, Mike Jaspers, has resigned and leaves at the end of this week.

A spokesperson for Jacinda Ardern said Mr Jaspers has chosen to take a break and pursue new opportunities in the New Year. 

Mike Jaspers, who's a former TVNZ journalist, was Ms Ardern's chief press secretary and moved into the strategic advisory role this year.

He was replaced by Andrew Campbell, formerly the Greens chief strategist and communications director.

Mr Jasper's departure comes a week after one of Ms Ardern's three other press secretaries, former journalist Julie Jacobson, left her job in the Prime Minister's Office.

"Julie is heading off to pursue other opportunities," today's statement from the PM's Office said.

"They’ve both been very valuable members of the Prime Minister’s team and we are sad to see them go," it said.

Jacinda Ardern was at Middlemore Hospital to reveal the news.
Source: 1 NEWS