New Zealander of the year – women

NZ Herald has ‘named’ all women as their New Zealander of the year: Our New Zealander of the year is… women

It was the year of #metoo, pay equity, and our Prime Minister becaming a mum. It was the year a female rugby player – at last – gained the sport’s top honour. It was the 125th anniversary of suffrage, a year of celebration. But also a reminder that change does not come without hard work and frustration.

All year, we have watched as New Zealand women have fought for their rights. And fought. And fought.

From campaigning against sexual harassment in the media, to arguing for equal pay through the courts, to addressing our shameful domestic violence record at the United Nations, women stood up and were counted. They raised their voices when others didn’t want to hear. They were empowered in the face of adversity. They persisted despite knowing meaningful change would likely be a long time yet.

That persistence has led us to name women – all women – as our 2018 New Zealanders of the Year.

However, we wanted to acknowledge a year which – though challenging – has been described by many as a beginning.

Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy told us she thought the year was a tipping point, when women decided they’d simply had enough. Jackie Clark, who works with survivors of domestic violence, said it felt like a renaissance of the feminism of the 1970s. The only female chief executive in the NZX50, Chorus head Kate McKenzie, said she thought the year created momentum – and with it an opportunity to keep that momentum going.

New Zealand is still a good place to be a woman, even if all our battles are not yet won. But what women have achieved this year marks 2018 as the beginning of an overhaul which will have a profound impact on future generations. It is a challenge to the future, rather than an answer to the past.

Important change takes time, but 2018 was a good step forward for women in New Zealand.

 

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38 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  29th December 2018

    Another yesr of women talking.

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  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  29th December 2018

    I wonder how women feel about this? If the Herald had proclaimed the NZer of the year to be men I would consider it a bunch of patronising fuckwits.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  29th December 2018

      Correction: “patronising sexist fuckwits”.

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      • Mother

         /  29th December 2018

        I think it’s silly.

        Dear men, if you don’t like the women’s talk, then you need to talk bolder, walk more lovingly and listen more keenly.

        I detest the nonsense, and I believe in equality.

        It truly is a case of the men standing up stronger.

        I still think you have a wee problem with
        disrespect Alan. It would be good if you got it sorted.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  29th December 2018

          I live in a household of women, Mother, and there is no disrespect. My challenge to you was to clarify not to silence.

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          • Mother

             /  29th December 2018

            I counter challenge you Alan. When I first arrived on YNZ, a few people swooped for the kill. It was certainly Christian bashing.

            You were gentlemanly, until the point where I made it clear that I will not enter into theological/evangelical discussions here. I think that you cannot understand that I wish to discuss the importance of purer Church in NZ. My ‘version’ of Christianity is irrelevant to this discussion. I am hoping others might latch on and contribute accordingly. You tended to offer advice (nice) but when you condescended to advising that I am ‘confused’, I drew the line. That is disrespectful, especially considering my testimony which you read. I offered clarification re my reasons for coming to YNZ. I appreciate freedom of speech! If I had been even three months younger, your rudeness would have silenced me.

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            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  29th December 2018

              You keep referring to Church without explanation which I think most people will find irritating and inconsiderate. Obviously I triggered a sore spot when I said you seemed confused though by now I don’t recall what prompted that comment. I call it as I see it and am always willing to revise my opinion when evidence presents. Your reaction is yours to own and deal with. I am not responsible for whatever history created your sensitivity to that word. For what it’s worth I don’t see you as confused now, just as very emotional. That is an observation, not a criticism.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  29th December 2018

        Further correction: “patronising sexist Lefty fuckwits who can’t bear to recognize worthy individuals over the collective”.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  29th December 2018

      I find it very patronising.

      So the person of the year is the woman who murdered her partner, Rouxle Le Roux, the woman who’s being deported for embezzling more than $750,000 (?), the two who got away with leaving me lying on the road with what were to be permanent injuries as they drove away and left the taxpayer to pay the bill, the two women who sold their under-age daughters, the one who had sex with her baby son and sold the video ?

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  29th December 2018

        And the one who just drove the wrong way down the motorway and killed a motorcyclist.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  29th December 2018

          And the one who killed the 3 year old who was left in her care, and the one who stole the baby….

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  29th December 2018

          And the ones who’ve been deported from Australia and who’ve (40% of them) committed crimes here…

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  3. kluelis

     /  29th December 2018

    To be fair newspapers are hardly read by the under 50’s and have largely been replaced by online medium.

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    • Duker

       /  29th December 2018

      thats what the newspapers want to change- thats a good part of the reason why stories celebrating womens activities have more prominence- its what advertisers want- female and younger generation. that means less womens golf and more women in contact sports.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  29th December 2018

        I’ve no problem with that, just with the “all women” nonsense.

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  4. Mother

     /  29th December 2018

    I counter challenge you Alan. When I first arrived on YNZ, a few people swooped for the kill. It was certainly Christian bashing.

    You were gentlemanly, until the point where I made it clear that I will not enter into theological/evangelical discussions here. I think that you cannot understand my wish to discuss the importance of purer Church in NZ. My ‘version’ of Christianity is irrelevant to this discussion. I am hoping others might latch on and contribute accordingly. You tended to offer advice (nice) but when you condescended to advising that I am ‘confused’, I drew the line. That is disrespectful, especially considering my testimony which you read. I offered clarification re my reasons for coming to YNZ. I appreciate freedom of speech! If I had been even three months younger, your rudeness would have silenced me.

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    • Mother

       /  29th December 2018

      Thank you Alan. You’re right. I am an emotional woman, and my family enjoy my love and care.

      I hope you’re wrong about my references to Church being an irritation to others. You could ask PG to remove me if you wish. I have no idea whether or not he finds my contributions annoying.
      I have briefly explained what purer Church is, in a post this month on World view. The reason I do not enter into special individual discussion with non believers is because there is no point.

      My sore point is that your attitude shuts down free speech for people who struggle with self worth for whatever reason.
      We are all on a journey of learning – you included. And I still challenge you about your attitude – for the sake of others.

      These discussions are about equality. Coming down on pride is the basis of empathy.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  29th December 2018

        I certainly wouldn’t ask PG to remove you. I just ask you to question yourself before you use the word Church as to whether it means anything to anyone else and therefore adds to or subtracts from your communication.

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        • Mother

           /  29th December 2018

          I am communicating exactly as I wish. I’m not at all concerned about whether the word Church adds or subtracts from what I communicate. If it concerns you, or anybody, I suppose people will do their own research re Church.
          My guest post is there. People will make their own conclusions about my testimony.
          I feel very strongly that Church has solutions for our social difficulties.

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  5. alloytoo

     /  29th December 2018

    Pathetic copout.

    The Herald are by definition celebrating “Average”

    That’s Insulting to Kendra Cocksedge and other exception women, and suggests to the likes of Ardern, Curren, Whaitiri et al that their pathetic dismal perform is an acceptable example to set not only for young girl, but indeed anybody.

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  6. oldlaker

     /  29th December 2018

    The Herald is solidifying its reputation as a joke newspaper. Today it has also run a story advising house buyers to “get in quick!” because the market is going to zoom upwards in 2019 (and despite the fact only one of those interviewed thought it was the case).

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  29th December 2018

      When my free five weeks are up, I will not take out a a sub. Apart from anything else. I am appalled at the amount of waste paper (I don’t read the sports, cars, business or house section, but have to have them) that I have to schlep out every week.

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  7. Gezza

     /  29th December 2018

    I don’t mind the Herald making this the year of women. It’s been a year of women for some some decades here.

    All the surgeons ma encountered were women. My GP’s have all been female except one. We’ve had 3 women PMs. Chief Justices have been women.

    We’ve had a woman Speaker & one if not more deputy speakers (Christ she was as bad some of the men.)

    There are numerous woman senior execs and bosses who’ve created and are running their own businesses.

    There are women mayors.

    The law schools and increasingly legal practices are filling up with women – you even see some of them working on the roads, though not many – but I don’t think they like dirty, dusty work on the whole.

    Women are demanding better pay in blood sports like rugger and if they can pull in the crowds and appeal as much to women viewers as men have done then they’ll get it.

    Our sportswomen generally have been shining in rowing, pole vaulting, cycling – they’re just getting on with it.

    Women just now start needing to see & address where they are contributing to the production of lousy & violent men.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  29th December 2018

      No, it’s been a year of some men and some women. As usual. And quite a few animals.

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      • Gezza

         /  29th December 2018

        Exactly. So if the Herald decides to woo some female readers by nominating this year as the year of women then they can tick that one off and get back on track with pushing lifestyle articles out for them next year & get back to normal transmission when picking a New Zealander of the Year next year. Who cares? I don’t even usually give a tinker’s damn who they choose as NZOTY anyway. Who knows how many quiet heroes go completely unrecognised every year doing good works and saving people from themselves. They’re like knighthoods. People who should get them don’t; and many who do are just wealthy political donors or businesspeople.

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    • Mother

       /  29th December 2018

      Nope. Men just now need to start realising why women started fighting the wrong battles, why they raised their voices, why they activated instead of caring for and respecting the men.

      If anything good comes out of this mess (children being raised without a mum and a dad), it will be that men are now better listeners, more loving and respectful.

      That’s the hard line, from my perspective. I don’t have any other because I’ve never been a feminist. I’ve always been content for men to generally be the strongest.

      But we do have a social mess, and it needs solid solutions, not talk. This comes from individuals in communities. Of course, I wish that Church would wake up – but the churches are pathetic.

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      • Gezza

         /  29th December 2018

        I’ve always been content for men to generally be the strongest.
        But they’re not. Maybe in the community you move in. I’ve encountered just as many strong women as strong men in my lifetime. If your social or religious culture or upbringing teaches you to defer to men on important things, or on some things, that’s what will happen. If it isn’t, it wont.

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        • Mother

           /  29th December 2018

          I meant strongest physically, men’s voices and men’s emotional beings.
          I believe in equality which basically is just respect. The various church denominations are leagues behind. Even if they preach equality, they don’t practise it.

          I think equality is mostly encountered where people are talking about it the least.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  29th December 2018

          IMO life is happiest when people and partners recognise and celebrate each other’s strengths and compensate and allow for their weaknesses.

          That’s always my aim.

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  8. Duker

     /  29th December 2018

    nz heralds ‘ Our New Zealander of the Year’ award [ I think the other ‘New Zealander of the Year’ is a registered trademark https://nzawards.org.nz/%5D

    2018- Women
    2017- Black Fernz
    2016 – Leisa Renwick
    2015 – Lecretia Seales
    2014 – Mary Quin and Brendon McCullum
    2013 – Lorde, Lydia Ko, Eleanor Catton
    2012 –
    2011 – Ritchie McCaw
    2010 – Emma Woods
    Do I see a pattern here , its in reality a marketing gimmick about and for women

    as for male readers there is something for you:
    Dust off the BBQ: New Zealand’s 2018 sausage of the year’s a ‘double banger’

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  9. duperez

     /  29th December 2018

    The Herald is allowed to pick their New Zealander of the year.

    I haven’t read enough of the right books or been to enough lectures to know why some people need to go through life categorising and ranking everything. I’m not sure about the comfort some need and gain by doing it, what sense of security is felt by tidily placing everyone in ranking positions.

    The Herald is capturing those psychological needs, whatever they are, for profit.

    Someone saves three babies from a raging fire. Someone hits a golf ball more effectively than anyone on the planet. Someone discovers or creates a cure for an illness thought incurable.

    Who would be the New Zealander of the year from that lot? Who would be facile enough to turn it into a sport? Or crass enough to turn it into a contest to make a profit?

    Maybe it is an acknowledgement that they don’t have the wit and imagination to come up with other ways of celebrating and publicising the achievements of the many right though the country in all fields of life who deserve attention.

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