Over 1,200 nominations have been made, through the Movement’s campaign site. The 10 most popular (in alphabetical order) are:
Ray Avery: 2010 New Zealander of the Year, a scientist whose work has enhanced the lives of many in third-world countries through his low-cost healthcare inventions.
Jim Bolger: Prime minister 1990-97. Taranaki-born Bolger oversaw the introduction of MMP and radical economic and social changes.
Justice Sir Eddie Durie: The first Maori appointed to the high court. He was chief judge of the Maori Land Court 1980-98 and Waitangi Tribunal chair 1980-2004.
Jeanette Fitzsimons: Co-leader of the Green Party 1995-2010. An MP from 1996-2010.
John Hood: A Rhodes Scholar, Oxford vice-chancellor 2004-09.
Sir Peter Leitch: Known as the Mad Butcher and famous for his charity work and support of sport. Pictured above with daughter Angela.
Lieutenant-General Jerry Mateparae: Current Defence Force chief. First Maori appointed to position in 2006.
Sir Don McKinnon: Commonwealth secretary-general 1999-2009, minister of foreign affairs 1990-99 and deputy prime minister 1990-96.
Sir Geoffrey Palmer: Prime minister 1989-90 and deputy prime minister 1984-89. Currently Law Commission president.
Dame Anne Salmond: Noted historian who is a member of the British Royal Society and was pro-chancellor of the Auckland University 1997-2006.
I’m against politicians being GG, but would be very comfortable with John Hood, Sir Peter Leitch, Lt General Mateparae or Dame Anne Salmond.Tags: Anne Salmond, Governor-General, Jerry Mateparae, John Hood, Peter Leitch, Republicanism