One of the Herald reporters who was a delight with her balance, fairness and honesty, was Paula Oliver, its political reporter.
Paula is joining John Key's press office, so good on her!
Stuff today reports a couple of appointments and there will be more to follow.
There looks set to be quite a change of faces around the Beehive in the comms/media scene. I saw the Greens advertising in the Weekend Herald, looking to appoint its media team for the new year.
I understand that the new government is seeking many senior people.
My view is that a government with many new faces will need some more experienced hands, and there will be those from the Bolger/Shipley era seeking and gaining such work too .
The state of the media, with many retrenchments at newspapers and the like, also means there are many experienced hands available.
My PR industry contacts also tell me that their businesses are suffering too, so there will be many talented people seeking such work.
This is good for John Key, since as a newbie government with much to do, National and ACT will have much to do to put across their message and 'sell' their policies.
It's not about spin but the government will certainly have its hands full countering a sometimes or rather often suspicious media, so such talent will be sorely needed.
So good luck to Paula and all the others coming on board. I wonder who else there will be?