National Party staffing change
National Party Leader Don Brash says today he has received, with regret, the resignation of his Chief of Staff, Richard
“Richard has advised me that he does not wish to commit to another term in opposition and we have accordingly agreed
that it is time to put in place a transition.”
Dr Brash says Mr Long brought dual skills of staff management and media knowledge to the role. He has agreed to see
through the transition to a new appointment.
”I want to place on record my appreciation of the tremendous contribution Richard has made to the resurgence of the
National Party as a major political force in this country – we have more than doubled our party vote and nearly doubled
our parliamentary representation,” says Dr Brash.
“Richard Long has been a member of a very small team who have brought National to the brink of electoral success. I
understand his desire not to commit to another term in opposition and wish him well for the future.”