A junior reporter wouldn’t normally interview a senior political figure.
But when Jim Anderton came into the newsroom in the run-up to the 1981 election I was the only one there.
He was president of the Labour Party. I don’t remember what he said but I do remember that he was immaculately dressed and a relaxed interviewee.
I disagreed with many of his policies – so strongly was I opposed to Kiwibank, I didn’t go into a Post Office for at least two years after it was established.
But I admired his standing up and working for what he believed in.
And as another member of that club no-one chooses to join – bereaved parents – I had great sympathy for him after the death of his daughter. It is difficult enough dealing with bereavement privately, it must be so much harder when you’re a public figure.