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Heather Simpson

Heather Simpson

From the 1970s prime ministers supplemented the public service with political advisers. One very powerful adviser was Helen Clark’s chief of staff, economist and long-time friend Heather Simpson. Dubbed ‘H2’ by insiders after the initial she shared with the prime minister, Simpson avoided the limelight but behind the scenes was ‘across everything’, as one minister put it.

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Gavin McLean, 'Premiers and prime ministers - Support services and statues', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 June 2022)

Story by Gavin McLean, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Dec 2016