The Press reported on Saturday how Don Brash had hired the former head of promotions and fundraising for the Aids Foundation as his director of “forward reconnaissance” (love to see that on the business card).
As the story itself later notes Gareth Spillane was hired around three months ago in April!
There seems to be some interest that Spillane is gay and an opera singer.
Neither is unique for National. Former Party CEO Roger Gill was an opera singer. And there have been gay staff working for National pretty much continuously since the early 90s at least. Off hand I can think of a dozen or so.