Voting now open

September 30th, 2008 at 3:54 pm by David Farrar

Voting is now open in the 2008 Kiwiblog Awards. They close at 3 pm Friday 3 October. You can vote in the sidebar.

The most popular nominations in each category are:

MP of the Year

  • – not even a finalist last year but a popular nominee for his campaign to expose Peters, amongst other things
  • – a repeat nominee – his year of picking apart the EFA was often cited
  • – has become the Maori MP, Pakeha love to love, and helped position the Maori Party as Kingmakers.
  • Phil Goff – a China FTA plus a possible United States FTA endears Goff to many readers

Labour MP of the Year

  • Phil Goff was nominated by many but disqualified as the 2007 winner
  • cited by many for his mastery of the House
  • David Cunliffe also impressed several with his determination to improve the Health sector
  • Winston Peters was nominated multiple times in this category, so who are we to stand in the way of the public!

National MP of the Year

  • had the most nominations, having impressed with his constant highlighting of law & order problems, and also superb Chairmanship of the Privileges Committee.
  • is still the country’s Preferred PM
  • Bill English was disqualified having won this category last year
  • Gerry Brownlee also often nominated for his take no prisoners methods in the House

Minor Party MP of the Year

  • Rodney Hide a popular nominee for many
  • Pita Sharples had 12 nominations in this category – will it be Minister Sharples in a few weeks?
  • has had a quieter year than 2007 when she was runner up, but still gained some nominations
  • also gained multiple nominations – the once reviled radical has been impressing a few people

Press Gallery of the Journalist

  • – Winston still has not apologised to her, but she was a favourite nominee amongst Kiwiblog readers
  • – his “straight talking” doesn’t always win friends in Parliament, but has proven popular with some readers
  • Guyon Espiner – cool, clam and collected – the most viewed gallery reporter has some fans
  • Colin Espiner – the blogging journalist has many online fans

Public Servant of the Year

  • Grant Liddell – the SFO Director was a multiple nominee for doing what was right, regardless of what the Government wanted.
  • – okay not technically a public servant, but many nominated him for having performed a public service.
  • Helena Catt – the Electoral Commission CEO wins the sympathy and nominations of many for having to try and work out what the Electoral Finance Act actually means, and for her willingness to criticise the law she has to enforce.

Enjoy voting.

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19 Responses to “Voting now open”

  1. slightlyrighty (2,475 comments) says:

    So if Phil Goff was the winner last year, and the front runner for Labour MP is Winston, what does that say about the talent available to Labour?

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  2. llew (1,533 comments) says:

    Pita Sharples – has become the Maori MP, Pakeha love to love, and helped position the Maori Party as Kingmakers.

    I have to question the punctuation in this one – is someone having a Donna Summer moment?

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  3. llew (1,533 comments) says:

    Pita Sharples had 12 nominations in this category – will it be Minister Sharples in a few weeks?

    Deputy Prime Minister Sharples?

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  4. Michael E (274 comments) says:

    MP of the year has to be Phil Goff, those FTAs are something everyone should applaud.

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  5. MajorBloodnok (361 comments) says:

    I suggest you keep an eye on the poll totals. If 1 or 2 are significantly lower than the others, it means people are skipping some polls. (eg I skipped National MP because I couldn’t bring myself to vote for any of the contenders as an “MP of the Year” for their party).

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  6. Barnsley Bill (983 comments) says:

    I see Garner has amassed six votes, that would be him, his wife his parents and Helen voting twice because he keeps using the Angelina Jolie head shot every time he needs to display a pic of the PM.

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  7. Barnsley Bill (983 comments) says:

    And now H2 has dropped in and given Dobbie garner the labour party house elf another vote.

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  8. WebWrat (516 comments) says:

    DPF, I didn’t vote in the Liarbore one because you didn’t have a box for ‘None of the above’.

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  9. WebWrat (516 comments) says:

    Why is Owen Glenn such a hero? He tried to influence the outcome of our elections to satisfy his own private agenda. He doesn’t even live here …. bugger the 4 million that do.

    Testifying to the PC … integrity or utu?

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  10. dad4justice (8,222 comments) says:

    WW – Didn’t Owen Glenn get a gong on the head by the Mallard Mauler?

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  11. petal (706 comments) says:

    “Rodney Hide – not even a finalist last year but a popular nominee for his campaign to expose Peters, amongst other things”

    That’s an odd way to spell vendetta!

    (Not that I dislike the outcome, mind you)

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  12. WebWrat (516 comments) says:

    Seems it is common to get a payoff from Liarbore in return for a donation Dad.

    Is that why crime is rife here petal? Anyone seeking justice for wrong-doing is treated in a negative manner, so most don’t bother.

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  13. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    “Seems it is common to get a payoff from Liarbore in return for a donation Dad.”

    Glenn like, gave away a lot more to other people too.

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  14. Madeleine (230 comments) says:

    Colin Espiner should be disqualified for engaging in defamation on the job.

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  15. RRM (9,924 comments) says:

    All this time, Winston was a closet Labour Party MP… well I never!

    Perhaps Bill English could also have been made an Honorary Labour MP, for his excellent work in contradicting Key’s statements on Toll Roads and ownership of Kiwibank?

    [DPF: Actually John Key was nominated as best Labour MP also, but he did not get enough nominations to qualify!]

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  16. Vinick (216 comments) says:

    Wish I could vote John Key for Labour MP of the year. Getting National to swallow so many of Labour’s dead rats is more than the entire Labour frontbench have done.

    Get Brash back and it’ll be two ticks blue in a heartbeat.

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  17. freethinker (691 comments) says:

    Interesting so many classify Winston as Labour – billboards must be working eh?

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  18. francis (712 comments) says:

    ack. my block IP means only one of the thousands of us can vote. ;-)

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  19. slightlyrighty (2,475 comments) says:

    With regard to Owen Glenn’s testimony to the PC being integrity or Utu. I would hazard a guess that this is one instance where the 2 happily combined?

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