The Kiwiblog 2007 Awards Winners

December 18th, 2007 at 2:06 pm by David Farrar

Over 600 votes cast in just 24 hours.  And we have some winners.  Now remember this is not a scientific poll but a survey of whom readers have rated the best.

MP of the Year

[14%] Helen Clark
[5%] Michael Cullen
[40%] Bill English
[41%] John Key

A not surprising clear preference to National here, with John Key narrowly ahead (just 5 votes in it) of his deputy for MP of the Year.  Their combination seems a winning one to date.

Labour MP of the Year

[23%] Helen Clark
[7%] Michael Cullen
[11%] David Cunliffe
[38%] Phil Goff
[8%] Steve Maharey
[13%] Trevor Mallard

Phil Goff a clear winner as Labour MP of the Year.  Widely regarded as having had an error free year and with the retirement of Maharey and sin binning of Mallard is now the heir apparent.

National MP of the Year

[49%] Bill English
[20%] Chris Finlayson
[31%] John Key

And a landslide win for Bill English as National MP of the Year.  English has impressed many with his dissection of the Electoral Finance Bill.

Minor Party MP of the Year

[25%] Sue Bradford (Green)
[12%] Ron Mark (NZ First)
[35%] Heather Roy (ACT)
[29%] Pita Sharples (Maori)

Heather Roy obviously has won the hearts and minds of many on the right.  However Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples has almost as many fans, and Sue Bradford also gained an impressive number of votes.
Press Gallery Journalist of the Year

[16%] Jane Clifton
[30%] Colin Espiner
[34%] Fran O’Sullivan
[20%] Audrey Young

Associate press gallery member Fran O’Sullivan’s blunt no nonsense style sees her pip blogging political editor Colin Espiner for 1st place.
Public Servant of the Year

[38%] Kevin Brady
[32%] Erin Leigh
[6%] Hugh Logan
[15%] David McGee
[9%] Ros Noonan

Auditor-General Kevin Brady wins the award for public servant of the year, with whistle-blower Erin Leigh a close second.  Highly respected retiring Clerk of the House David McGee gets a creditable third place.

Kiwiblog will write to the winners informing them of their cyber-awards.

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22 Responses to “The Kiwiblog 2007 Awards Winners”

  1. frog (84 comments) says:

    I assume Erin Leigh polled well due to her ability to be accidentally involved in a scandal that made the Labour Party look bad; given that is all anybody knows about her for sure.

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  2. Graeme Edgeler (3,289 comments) says:

    Do the winners get a free subscription to Kiwiblog?

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  3. Nick C (336 comments) says:

    No frog, shes a whistle blower who had the guts to speak out against corrupt practises in the public sector, and she did so knowing that her reputation would take a hammering.

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  4. David Farrar (1,895 comments) says:

    Frog: I suspect grace and courage under fire counted a lot. Having Trevor Mallard monster you in public isn’t something most people would winningly endure.

    Incidentially I voted for Sue as Minor Party MP of the Year. Considering the ideological disagreements most readers would have with Sue, I think her 25% score is pretty commendable!

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  5. James W (271 comments) says:

    Can you tell us the number of votes, as well as percentages?

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  6. Nick C (336 comments) says:

    DPF, when are the blogger awards? There should be the following catagories:

    1. Blogger of the year
    2. Right wing blogger of the year
    3. Left wing blogger of the year
    4. Troll of the year
    5. Right wing troll of the year
    6. Left wing troll of the year

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  7. Bevan (3,924 comments) says:

    No frog, shes a whistle blower who had the guts to speak out against corrupt practises in the public sector, and she did so knowing that her reputation would take a hammering.

    Funny how the left – you know the ones who have typically stood up for the little man/woman who stands up against major diversity – are very quick to demonise anyone who dares stand up against them.

    Frog, I suggest you take a look in the mirror in regard to Erin Leigh before even commenting, there was a time not long ago where the parties like the Greens actually had a spine and stood up for the likes of Erin Leigh. Or do you only stand up for Whistle blowers when they blow the whistle on the big bad corporations. Theres a word for that, begins with an H.

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  8. frog (84 comments) says:

    Bevan et al, I’ve never commented one way or the other on the Erin Leigh controversy – certainly never demonised her. I just think it is funny that she gets this award ‘public servant of the year’ for nothing to do with her work as a public servant. It seems a bit like voting for Helen Clark as PM of the year based on her mountain climbing aptitude. In fact you’ll notice all my criticism of the Minister of the Environment recently has related to environmental issues rather than employment issues.

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  9. David Farrar (1,895 comments) says:

    James – 600 people voted in total, with around 450 in each category (some only voted in one).

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  10. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    The greens spine died with Rod Bevan.

    Along with their principles.

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  11. Bevan (3,924 comments) says:

    Bevan et al, I’ve never commented one way or the other on the Erin Leigh controversy – certainly never demonised her.

    Did you, or did you not just type this? “I assume Erin Leigh polled well due to her ability to be accidentally involved in a scandal that made the Labour Party look bad; given that is all anybody knows about her for sure.”

    Hardly sounds like your a supporter, the sarcasm was dripping in your post. If it was a American Tobacco scientist going public you’d he singing their praises from the rooftops. Grade A hypocrite.

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  12. Bevan (3,924 comments) says:

    The greens spine died with Rod Bevan.

    Along with their principles.

    And their poll result it seems, and good ridance. Parliament needs real environmentalists, not these Labour party lapdogs.

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  13. Kevin (1,122 comments) says:

    OMG, the awards given out by the MSM confirm how harshly they are feeling the lefts displeasure and they are desperately trying to crawl back up…

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  14. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    I would be interested to know what Ron Mark, Heather Roy and Pita Sharples did to deserve their votes though!

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  15. James W (271 comments) says:

    Heather has been doing a great job of holding the Government to account in Health and Defence (such as the Wellington Hospital problems and Skyhawks lately).

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  16. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    I wouldn’t argue with that, but isn’t that what opposition MPs should be doing anyway? Naturally there’s only so much you can do when you’re on the outer like ACT.

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  17. gee90 (90 comments) says:

    So to sum up – the poll was completely predictable and pointless.

    Naturally on a right-wing blog people will prefer National to Labour. But there are valid *objective* reasons for choosing somebody like Bill English. National have had a good year. So has their deputy leader. You can be left-leaning or “neutral” and recognise that fact. You just have to have a mind of your own.

    But Heather Roy is not the minor party MP of the year, by any reasonable yardstick. Policy influence? Maybe Peter Dunne on the budget. Sue Bradford, for obvious reasons. Profile and mana? Pita Sharples, perhaps. You could argue a case for Ron Mark, who I don’t much like, but who scores points for his party in the public arena.

    All this is debatable but it turns out, irrelevant: the vote just goes to the most right-wing MP.

    And Kevin Brady could easily have won the award last year. But this year? Why?

    What a waste of time. Next year just use a rubber-stamp.

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  18. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    Yeah I think informing the winners is a bit rich, unless this blog has a lot more …well I guess ‘mana’ a good word, than I thought..

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  19. big bruv (13,899 comments) says:

    How many votes came from the 9th floor David?

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  20. James W (271 comments) says:

    gee90 is just bitter that the candidate s/he wanted didn’t win.

    That’s democracy.

    I’m sure you’ll be whining just as much in about 10 months :p

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  21. rfhoward (497 comments) says:

    With all due respect the Farrar blog is right wing and most likely read by National supporters like myself. To find votes favouring the Right is not surprising. Would the same results ensue if Jordan ran a similar poll?

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  22. James W (271 comments) says:

    I don’t know I do not frequent Jordan’s blog.

    But quite possibly given the way National is outpolling Labour by so much these days.

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