New Zealander of the year

I have mixed feelings about singling out one person from a diverse bunch of people but some make a big deal out of awards.

Richie McCaw has just been named New Zealander of the Year – I presume it relates to last year, I don’t think he’s done much of note this year.

The three finalists described in the Herald’s Richie McCaw named New Zealander of the year:

Presenting the award, Prime Minister John Key said: “One end of the country to the other we’re jam-packed with people who do incredible things.

“Richie McCaw, who is the greatest All Black New Zealand has ever produced – an amazing New Zealander.

“Louise Nicholas who has done more for sexual violence and sexual abuse than any other New Zealander.

“Rob Fenwick who has a real passion… For the environment that we as New Zealanders treasure and enjoy so much.”

I guess this was the last chance for McCaw had of getting this award, for playing rugby anyway.  He may be up for an award for humbleness in the face of an accolade onslaught in the future.

Nicholas and Fenwick will presumably keep doing what they’ve been doing and may be considered again in the future due to accumulating merit.

There’s a lot of other people who do a lot of good for New Zealand.

People towards the other end of the scale will probably complain about the Prime Minister being involved in handing out the award.

There were more awards:

  • Richie McCaw – New Zealander of the Year
  • Lydia Ko -Young New Zealander of the Year
  • John Russell – Senior New Zealander of the Year
  • Selwyn Cook – New Zealand Local Hero
  • Community Fruit Harvesting – New Zealand Community of the Year

Website: New Zealander of the Year Awards

The New Zealander of the Year Awards celebrate those people who use their passion for New Zealand to make our country a better place. These awards are your opportunity to honour extraordinary Kiwis whose selflessness, creativity, and vision make us proud to call New Zealand home.

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  1. Mike C

     /  18th February 2016

    They need to add these titles:-

    New Zealands Woman of the Year

    New Zealands Man of the Year

    New Zealands Young Female of the Year

    New Zealands Young Male of the Year

    New Zealands Senior Man of the Year

    New Zealands Senior Woman of the Year

    And then have an overall New Zealander of the Year Award at the end of the night … like they have at the Halberg Sports Awards.

    That way … all genders and age groups are recognized … and someone so deserving like Louise Nicholas wouldn’t have missed out.

    I was disappointed for her 😦

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    • Pantsdownbrown

       /  18th February 2016

      You forgot the gays, tran-genders and anti-TPPA protesters of the year……….

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      • Good categories pantsdown. Mustn’t forget ‘New Zealand Beneficiary of the Year’?

        Let’s suggest more? I have some real juicy one’s just on the tip of my tongue.

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    • Oliver

       /  18th February 2016

      New Zealand’s blog commentator of the year goes to…….Oliver!!! Hooray for me.

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      • Pantsdownbrown

         /  18th February 2016

        I think you meant ‘bog’ commentator of the year…………your verbal diarrhoea gives everybody the shits!

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      • Some vaguely familiar signals were received … one seemed to imply a self-awarded accolade of some sort … and, although every possible attempt was made … contact with missing renegade astronaut Oliver – floating in space somewhere – could not be established.

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  2. Nelly Smickers

     /  18th February 2016

    Congratulations to Richie McCaw – my kids think he’s Fab!!

    And congratulations to John Russell – ‘Senior New Zealander of the Year’. My mum and dad thinks he’s fab as well 🙂

    http://m.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11537680

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  3. Mike C

     /  18th February 2016

    So Richie McCaw and Lydia Ko win the two top New Zealander of the Year Awards … and they will also quite possibly win the top two awards at the Halberg Awards.

    I think Sports people should be exempted from being nominated for New Zealander of the Year Awards … because that’s what the Halberg Awards are for.

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    • kittycatkin

       /  18th February 2016

      I hadn’t thought of that, but you’re right-unless the sportsperson has done something else as well, of course.

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  4. Oliver

     /  18th February 2016

    New Zealander of the year is one of those nonsense awards that means absolutely nothing. The fact that a rugby player got it proves my point. Why can’t we reward people who help people in need? SBW is probably more deserving, at least he does a whole lot for charity.

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  5. I’m inclining slightly towards Mike C’s opinion on this. 😉 Surely Richie McCaw has had enough accolades? Looks a bit to me like: Stick to the safe, reliable and non-contentious; the neutral sportsperson …? It’s a year of contention this Red Monkey Year. (Why I’m here?) This is probably why Louise Nicholas didn’t get the gong. If anyone deserves such an award she does. Louise Nicholas should get Kiwi of the decade or century?

    But she would be contentious, yes? :-/

    Interestingly, today’s Chinese Horoscope, Red Monkey Year Proverb on one website is – “Sooner an ass that carries than a horse that throws” – Italian

    Any New Zealander of the Year will probably be contentious for me, unless he’s Dr Lance O’Sullivan. Even Sir Richard Taylor – commercial/industrial artist – Dame Anne Salmond and Sir Paul Callaghan … Isn’t Sir or Dame enough for these people?

    And don’t get me started on Sir Stephen Tindall … (seriously)

    But, more seriously, that list of previous winners is fairly representative of our accepted, orthodox ‘genres’ of human expression.

    “On one hand, we talk about the primacy of science, of progress and personal growth, work, and moving forward, overcoming all obstacles. At the same time, the Fire Monkey unambiguously suggests that you must learn to rely on your intuition, your feelings, personal preferences, and internal guidelines”.

    More: http://www.gotohoroscope.com/txt/2016-through-the-eyes-of-eastern-sages.html

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    • kittycatkin

       /  18th February 2016

      Louise Nicholas was proved in court to be a liar. It is just not credible that from the age of 13 up, she was raped by so many different policemen ! Her father was supposedly talked around by the first one (how many fathers would be ?) She was called into the local police station just about every time she walked past on her way home from school and raped on the lunch room table (nobody ever came in, of course) Why would you go past and go in, knowing what would happen ? She was raped by policemen in several towns. Her story is that of a fantasist. Her brother asked her to dance at his wedding with one of her rapists-she was on video doing so, flirting with him and kissing him !

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      • Mike C

         /  18th February 2016

        @Kitty

        Really ???

        Where did you get that info about Louise Nicholas 😦

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      • Kevin

         /  18th February 2016

        I’m not surprised. Most rape complaints are false. This is not being misogynist but acknowledging the reality that there are more women who will make fake complaints because of mental illness, vindictiveness, etc, than there are actual rape victims. And the fact that rape is a very easy charge to lay.

        Cops know this which is why most rape complaints don’t make it to Court. Nothing to do with a so-called rape culture or anything like that. However police should and are required to treat all complaints as legitimate until established otherwise.

        * Ducks for cover *

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        • I doubt you can substantiate your claim that most rape complaints are false.

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          • mrMan

             /  18th February 2016

            What about kitty⥣⥣. That’s some vile lies she’s telling there.

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          • Kevin

             /  19th February 2016

            Please note that I’m saying most rape complaints are false, not rape convictions.

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            • And you’re still not substantiating your claim. Which is false – unless you have some warped idea of what constitutes rape.

            • Kevin

               /  19th February 2016

              I’ve provided my reasoning in my post. And we’re talking about false claims of rape here, not rape.

              It’s actually a bit of dilemma because if the police come down heavily on false rape accusers then they risk discouraging real rape victims from reporting. The answer I think is for the cops to treat all accusations as genuine until proven otherwise.

      • mrMan

         /  18th February 2016

        You are going to have to provide proof of that, Kitty. If that’s not true it’s the most vile thing I’ve heard said.

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      • Oliver

         /  18th February 2016

        Kitty you are the ant-femmenist.

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        • I know there is a recognised syndrome of feeling trapped in a cycle of abuse, perhaps something akin to Stockholm Syndrome or “capture bonding” –

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockholm_syndrome

          Many child/adolescent abuse victims also report not knowing anything different. I thought this was “normal”. Regardless even of that, the effects of rape are horrendous. I have a relative who suffers from this –

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rape_trauma_syndrome

          Please don’t be too hard on Miss Kitty. Avoid persecution.
          We all may harbour intractable views. I hope hers aren’t in this case.

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          • mrMan

             /  18th February 2016

            Didn’t she once say that Charlotte Dawson got what she deserved? That being driven to suicide was her own stupid fault? I believe she did.

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      • jamie

         /  18th February 2016

        Kitty, if you sincerely believe what you have written above, then you are writing from the perspective of someone with very little experience, someone with such a naive view of the world that I can’t understand how you found your way to commenting on a political blog.

        I genuinely don’t know where to start a conversation on such a topic with such a person.

        Should I bother? Or are you just playing devil’s advocate? (In which case I’ll leave it to someone with more time to kill.)

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      • Rob

         /  18th February 2016

        I’ve heard that as well among other complaints she made. They came out around the time of the trial and if I remember correctly, non were disputed whole heartedly.

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      • Pickled Possum

         /  18th February 2016

        Jezz KcK…. are you really a Tomcat… Are you.
        How crass was your little pssst take.Can you tell me where did you heard this forensic psychology information you talk of.
        You know credible ones; not your fathers mothers sisters garden gnome stuff or that conspiracy theory stuff.

        Credible people or your are just having a laff at a truly tortured survivor of sexual abuse who on a daily basis helps the women who Have been raped and have been abused,

        To help these women, who have no motivation to change anything, to give them a picture of what life will be on the “other side” …. because she knows.
        She is the expert on being a survivor.

        some people help…. some people give money …. some people do nothing
        and some people just ……….

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        • Rob

           /  18th February 2016

          As I said, I heard the same thing and no not from some relly. It was published as PDB has indicated above.

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          • Pickled Possum

             /  18th February 2016

            The flat mate recanted in PBD 2nd link, but the idea was out there, I am passionate about not kicking the down trodden down any further.
            kck did not mention anything in the 2 news links PDB gave, she gave completely different little saga’s.but I’m backing off this take as I will dox myself with passion.
            I was not having a go at you Rob New Wave Music man you didn;t say “Hey babe take a walk on the wild side,” you said, “Yea, I heard that to”
            I’m addicted to yournz, #Help me Peter Dunne

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        • @ Possum @ Kittycatkin @ Rob @ Robby @ mrMan @ Mike C @ @ ALL

          I have a close relative who shares the same sort of opinion. They ascribe to a sort of “urban myth” they’ve heard from a friend of a friend of a relative (or something). Personally I think some people are just not prepared or able to believe that such men and such police men exist and that our culture contains and even somehow countenances, or did countenance, such behaviour … an act of denial … possibly a self-protection mechanism … please avoid persecuting … “Remember the Oliver-mo” … The Holocaust denial … Remember Michael Jackson “I’m starting with the man in the mirror …”

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          • Pickled Possum

             /  19th February 2016

            @Parti

            Well spoken my friend,

            I withdraw my emotions on this heavy take.
            I concede we all say things that are not well received and can be viewed offensive and also to not buy into the pack mob mentality,

            Thank you.
            Sleep peaceful tonight my friend
            Possum

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            • @ Possum, my dear friend – I understand your passion. Don’t you ever lose that, will you? (I have no doubt you won’t). In every moment we can choose … What is my passion worthy of?

              Also, I didn’t want you (or anyone else) to dox yourself with it … (I’ve never heard this expression) … or dox anyone else for that matter … which I imagine could be painful?

              A turn of phrase like no other in a day of very fine turns of phrase.
              Te reka o te moe hoki koutou

              @ Jamie – Very wise words and thank you for them.

          • jamie

             /  19th February 2016

            Actually I think it’s more to do with not believing that such a victim could exist.

            If you’ve decided that “rape” is a very specific act which is forced upon someone in a very specific way, then it might be had to understand that a victim of abuse could have confusing and conflicting thoughts and feelings about what has happened.

            In a strictly rational world view where there is simple action and reaction, and where everyone agrees to experience the same things in the same way every time, it might be hard to imagine why a young victim wouldn’t want her family to find out what was going on.

            From a perspective where there is no nuance, no coercion, no manipulation, no power imbalance, it might be hard to comprehend a young victim returning for more abuse when a policeman tells her to.

            If you believe everyone arrives at every situation as a logical rational robot with no baggage, no preconditioning, no cultural backdrop, it might be hard to figure out why a victim of repeated assaults might think it was somehow normal.

            I had a similar difficulty trying to get across to someone here that one person could threaten another without pointing a weapon at them and shouting “I hereby threaten thee.”

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          • Kevin

             /  19th February 2016

            ” Personally I think some people are just not prepared or able to believe that such men and such police men exist ”

            Yes, I get that. It’s similar to why you will hear more women say “she shouldn’t have been wearing a short dress” than men – because it allows them to think “if I don’t wear a short dress I won’t be raped”.

            To be honest I never followed the Nichols case as I’ve never been that interested in it. Do you know what the outcome was?

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      • Ratty

         /  19th February 2016

        holy fuck..

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  6. Pantsdownbrown

     /  18th February 2016

    More importantly who was awarded ‘Nuu Zellinder of the year’?

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    • Please be clearer Pantsdown?
      Who is speaking … What character is this? Is this ‘Nek Minit” Kiwi Bloke?
      Or do you mean, “Ah so! Nu Zeerrindaa of Yeear”?
      Or perhaps, “Please to tell, who is Neeuw Zelandah of Yee-Ahh”?
      If so, I have some song lyrics you might appreciate?

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    • mrMan

       /  18th February 2016

      Sharon from checkout.

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      • Spoils my song lyrics plans but heck, why not? “Minimum Wage Zero-Contract New Zealander of the Year”. You’d find some most excellent human beings in those sorts of roles, despite the rabid right’s general derision about and simultaneous reliance on them …

        Sharon’s okay provided she has her backy, alcohol and hooch I gather?

        Oh shit! I really am loopy.
        Any places available in the James Gang?
        Oliver seems to have “gone it alone”? In loco absentus?

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        • Pickled Possum

           /  18th February 2016

          No; no James gang for you Parti
          you got your own parti gang 🙂

          Do Not Look into their eyes.. Look Away before you are captured by their unreasonable reason, before you let something not nice fall smoothlessly of your velvet tongue.

          Sharon has to have some pay back for her low wage, her reasoning.
          She really loves the job cause she is a person who loves People she’s the luckeyest person in all the supermarket.

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          • Ae Possum. No chance of me joining. Only a rouse, a lure …
            I enjoy the Parti too much. Some fun?
            Don’t tell anyone but I am the real gunslinger, the peacemaker …
            My name is revered and feared the world over, “Integrator”
            ” I’m … baaack ..!”
            Their glowing eyes and forked tongues don’t fool me.
            The Rabid Right may be even worse? The same I think …
            Let’s have a class war …
            I squint and see their black auras, twisted horns and goatee beards … Moloch … (sorry to introduce music so early in the day) … Gone way off topic here, general apologies …

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  7. jamie

     /  18th February 2016

    I’d have thought when you’ve won the Rugby World Cup and joined the Order of NZ, any other awards probably don’t mean as much as they might have in other circumstances.

    But good on him.

    I heard him interviewed on RNZ this morning and found some of his remarks about politics interesting and some a little confusing.

    Apparently he has no desire or intention of becoming a politician, which I’m sure will be a great disappointment to some.

    The interviewer asked whether he thought rugby and politics had become too close in recent years, citing as examples the announcement of the team at parliament and the PM spending so much time in the dressing room.

    His answer, (paraphrased) was that he thought whomever was in government, the All Blacks should support them as they’re the ones leading the country, and then added, strangely I thought, that anyway in those matters we just do as we’re told.

    I can think of a couple of follow-up questions that might have been appropriate there.

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    • jamie

       /  18th February 2016

      And can I just add that I find it hilarious that the official line is that he won the award for his charity work, oh and also partly for the RWC, but honestly not just for that, we really did put a LOT of weight on the charity work.

      Bunch of gibbons. It’s ok to give him the award for winning the cup, no need to make up silly stories about it.

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      • mrMan

         /  18th February 2016

        Well at least he didn’t win it for being some kind of ace-balls glider pilot.

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    • @ Jamie – The master of understatement!!! A couple of follow up questions … !? Really!?

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  8. Blazer

     /  18th February 2016

    in the year of the Rat….surely our wonderful TPPA negotiator the inimitable Tim ‘4 square deal ‘Groser should have won.

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    • The only way to deal with that would be for Tim Groser and Jane Kelsey to share the prize.
      Otherwise there’d be an uproar.
      Groser’s a Tiger but I can’t find Kelsey’s birth date. Probably around the same time, 1950?
      The Year of Two Tigers?
      I sound a bit like Miss Kitty … who I imagine will be along anytime now …

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  9. Ratty

     /  19th February 2016

    fucking hell

    I cant believe what I am reading here today

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