April 7, 2016
Australia's leading government relations firm Barton Deakin is set to open its first New Zealand office in Wellington next week. The New Zealand office will be headed by Jenna Raeburn, who has recently departed the office of Hon Gerry Brownlee.
"We have a unique offering in the New Zealand Government Relations market. Barton Deakin will be a truly trans-Tasman company, with a focus on one side of politics, specialising purely in government relations. This offers our clients particular advantages that have not been available in New Zealand before," says Ms Raeburn.
"It makes sense for our Australasian and global clients that they have a one stop shop for government relations across Australia and New Zealand. We also offer a brand new breadth of service to New Zealand companies looking to do business with the Australian government, and vice versa.
"Barton Deakin is proudly aligned with Liberal and National Party Governments and Oppositions - it is not a bipartisan firm. Our approach is highly specialised and focused on helping clients to build strong relationships with government."
Prior to joining Barton Deakin, Jenna Raeburn worked in several senior political roles in the John Key Government dating back to its first term in office. Most recently, she was a Ministerial Advisor to Hon Gerry Brownlee. In this role she had the significant task of advising on all aspects of the Christchurch Earthquake Recovery portfolio.
As a Ministerial Advisor she has worked across a range of other portfolio areas including local government, insurance, tourism, government ICT, censorship, citizenship and transport. She had exposure to a large range of government procurement projects, particularly in the construction and ICT industries.
Prior to her role in Gerry Brownlee’s office, Jenna worked with Cabinet Minister Chris Tremain, and as a researcher in the office of the National Party Leader John Key. Her breadth of experience has given her a deep knowledge of the people, policies and priorities of the New Zealand Government.
Jenna is also an active National Party member and worked on both the 2011 and 2014 election campaigns that re-elected the National Government. In 2011 she was a member of the campaign team travelling with John Key. In 2014 she was Campaign Manager for the Hutt South electorate, where National slashed the incumbent Labour MP’s majority from 4800 to just over 700, making it the second most marginal seat in the country.
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