Rachel Morton, a reporter on 3 News, is leaving the MediaWorks newsroom to work as a spin doctor for Steven Joyce, The Diary can reveal.

The Wellington-based journalist will take up the role as Joyce's press secretary, and starts at the end of April.

"Rachel will be great. She'll be a great addition to the team," Joyce said yesterday.

The man long considered the Malcolm Tucker of the Tories will expect a lot. Being the spin doctor to the party spin doctor will be no easy feat.

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Morton is up for it. She is holidaying in Melbourne this week and heading to the MCG tomorrow to watch the Black Caps.

"It's been a great eight years at TV3 but I'm really excited about a change and a new challenge," she told The Diary.

It's not the first time a journalist has gone to the dark side. The Prime Minister's press secretary, Sia Aston, is a former TV3 reporter.

Opposition leader Andrew Little recently recruited a new chief press sec from the fourth estate - Sarah Stuart, a former Herald columnist and magazine editor.

Lucy Bennett recently left APNZ and moved to Wellington to take up the reins as Sam Lotu-Iiga's right-hand woman. And former Radio NZ journalist Nicola Grigg took up a job at Simon Bridges' office.

Morton is not the only female journalist leaving 3 News. Rebecca Wright is moving to the TVNZ newsroom, and Jane Luscombe is taking on a role at the Retirement Commission.

Back the boys - wear the appropriate T-shirt

New Zealand's greatest living ginger Martin Guptill will take to the field tomorrow at the MCG carrying the hopes of a whole nation. Can he smash another double century? Should we send our good vibes by wearing a tee in his honour?

Mr Vintage has produced a range of T-shirts in support of New Zealand.

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There's the "Hairy Javelin" top for Grant Elliott fans. The "Steady the Ship" singlet for Kane Williamson devotees. The "B-Mac Attack" for supporters of the skipper. And the "Greatest Living Ginger" shirt for Guppy fans.

His wife, Laura McGoldrick, a Sky Sports broadcaster and face of The Cricket Show, has already snapped one up.

Trouble in paradise

Which high-profile Kiwis are having trouble on the married mid-life crisis front? She has undergone so much plastic surgery that her face is barely recognisable.

He had an affair with a pretty 32-year-old in his employ, who is no longer a staff member since the dalliance became known. Who said domestic life was bliss, eh?