The Greens have made the first of two key back room appointments, hiring Pete Huggins as communications and strategy director.
Huggins comes to the Greens as they struggle to find their feet in government, and in many ways have been the victim of their own success.
Their chief press secretary Claire Rorke left the party in April to join Phil Goff’s mayoral staff. Following this, chief strategist Andrew Campbell left the party to become the Prime Minister’s chief press secretary.
Last month, sources inside the party told Newsroom the timing of the two departures was not ideal and recruiting for Rorke’s role was delayed so that both roles could be reformulated and recruited for at the same time.
Newsroom understands that a second hire could be announced as soon as this week.
Huggins is currently strategic communications advisor for the Office of Treaty Settlements at the Ministry of Justice.
"Pete has 10 years' experience managing communications and strategy for the party, and knows the organisation from the grassroots up," said Green Party chief of staff Tory Whanau.
Huggins served on the Greens national campaign committee for the 2008, 2011 and 2014 general elections and was the party's national convenor between 2012 and 2014.