Staff Reporter –
High-ranking diplomat Taha Macpherson will be the new Chief of Staff for Auckland Mayor Phil Goff.
He will take charge of the important portfolio from June 5, 2017.
A thorough-bred diplomat, Mr Macpherson was until recently Foreign Affairs Advisor to the Prime Minister and has participated in high level official talks with governments all over the world, bringing to the fore his expertise on foreign affairs and trade.
He was previously New Zealand’s Ambassador to Turkey and served at the New Zealand High Commission in London and at the New Zealand Embassy in Washington DC.
Mr Goff said that he is pleased to confirm Mr Macpherson to the top job.
“I worked with him in my former role as Trade Minister and have huge respect for his abilities. He is a talented advisor who brings a wealth of political and policy experience and expertise as well as strong connections to central Government. I am proud to welcome Taha to the team,” he said.
Mr Macpherson said that he was looking forward to the new role.
“I am delighted to have this opportunity to head back to my home-city and join the Mayor’s team during a dynamic period for Auckland,” he said.
Mr Macpherson replaces Francesca Mold who has taken over as Senior Public Information Officer with the United Nations in South Sudan.
Nirupa George, Chief Press Secretary to Auckland Mayor is currently the Acting Chief of Staff.