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Former NZ First MP joins Greens staff

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 4/05/2016

A former NZ First MP and cabinet minister has been appointed Green Party chief of staff.

Deborah Morris-Travers was named as Andrew Campbell's replacement and communications advisor Joss Debreceny as a new political director on Thursday.

In 1996, then 26, Ms Morris-Travers entered government as a list MP for NZ First and was appointed to cabinet as minister for youth affairs. She was also an associate minister of women's affairs.

She left parliament in 1999 to work in public relations and then took up child advocacy work.

"Deborah's experience as a cabinet minister, and her subsequent work leading campaigns to put children's rights and interests on the public agenda, will be invaluable to the Green Party as we seek to change the government in 2017," said party co-leader James Shaw, who went to high school with her.

Mr Campbell resigned from the Greens last month after five years with the party - spending the last 10 months as chief of staff.

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