2012 Kiwiblog Awards

December 17th, 2012 at 4:15 pm by David Farrar

Okay, have just closed voting in the 2012 Awards. The winners are:

  • 2012 Press Gallery Journalist of the Year – Rodney Hide. An indication that many KB readers remain fond of Rodney – especially now he is free to write what he truly believes. Runner up is Patrick Gower.
  • 2012 Minor Party MP of the Year. Green Party leader Russel Norman takes this out, with Peter Dunne in second place.
  • 2012 National MP of the Year. Chris Finlayson takes first spot narrowly over Tony Ryall.
  • 2012 Labour MP of the Year. A lot of The Standard readers must have been voting as David Cunliffe wins this award. Readers show their sense of humour by having Rajen Prasad come second.
  • 2012 MP of the Year. Green Party leader Russel Norman beats out Steven Joyce. As many KB readers are not natural Green Party fans, that is a significant achievement. I’m sure Russel will include the award in his CV, and frame it to place on his office wall.

Thanks to all those who voted in the (unscientific) blog poll.

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49 Responses to “2012 Kiwiblog Awards”

  1. sparky (235 comments) says:

    You have got to be kidding that “Wussel Norman beat Steven Joyce in the poll. Were people taking the micky out of the Polling. When we read it a group here at home roared with laughter. OMG. yippee to Printing Money etc.etc.

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  2. bc (1,334 comments) says:

    Do they get a certificate?

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  3. Pete George (22,839 comments) says:

    sparky, it’s not a judgement of policies or an election, it’s an evaluation of how well the politicians have performed, and like him or(or his policies) or not, Norman has been one of the standout performers of the year.

    It helps his cause that several from National compete for attention on this, but Norman has outperformed everyone in Greens, Labour, Mana and NZ First in his role as party leader and opposition MP.

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  4. RRM (9,453 comments) says:

    Very good… I like Rodney Hide a lot more as a writer than as leader of the Act party.

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  5. Manolo (13,367 comments) says:

    It’s absurd than an economic-illiterate like comrade Norman could be considered the MP of the Year.
    Something seriously wrong!

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  6. bc (1,334 comments) says:

    Relax, Manolo. I’ll let you in on a secret………….. (whisper)

    ……..they are not real awards (ssshhh!!)

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  7. Redbaiter (7,619 comments) says:

    The poll results more or less confirm that in general the Kiwiblog comments section is dominated by a insipid clique of lefties and queers.

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  8. Elaycee (4,301 comments) says:

    Readers show their sense of humour by having Rajen Prasad come second.

    I suspect the same sense of humour was on show when people voted for Russel Norman as ‘MP of the Year’… :D

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  9. bc (1,334 comments) says:

    I don’t know how you can stand it here redbaiter, amongst us “lefties and queers”.

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  10. barry (1,317 comments) says:

    Oh come on DPF – dont me so mean. Make up a certificate for Russell Norman and have it framed and sentit to him.

    Im sure you could make one up that had him thinking “well this is pretty good but should I actually put it up on the wall….”

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  11. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    Rajen Prasad must have been bloody unlucky, I’d wager he missed out because he was an Indian, there he was everyday jousting with his opponents, scoring telling blows for his leader, making his constituents walk with their heads held high – you racist bastards

    I wish to appeal this decision and if there are any irregularities found a compensation bid will be launched .

    Imagine someone at the top of their political game like Rajen missing out to a do nothing will o’ the whisp back bencher like Cunliffe.

    This epitomises the farce that is political polling in this country.

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  12. mikenmild (10,720 comments) says:

    How does Rodney Hide qualify as a journalist?

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  13. bhudson (4,734 comments) says:

    DPF,

    As the only public servant with more than one nominee, surely mikenmild is the winner of Public Servant of the Year? I think that warrants an update to the post to note his award. And he would be in great company without likes of Rajen

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  14. bhudson (4,734 comments) says:

    ^ with the likes of Rajen [not 'without']

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  15. Poliwatch (335 comments) says:

    My analysis is that most who voted for Chris Finlayson or Tony Ryall for top National MP then voted for Russell Norman as top MP – go figure

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  16. mikenmild (10,720 comments) says:

    bhudson
    I’m truly touched by your regard, but there were other nominations. DPF is a bit slack at reading the comments sometimes.

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  17. bhudson (4,734 comments) says:

    @mikey,

    You nominating the same person twice doesn’t count ;-)

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  18. mikenmild (10,720 comments) says:

    Perhaps I should just launch into an acceptance speech. “Unaccusotmed as I am to public speaking…”

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  19. mikenmild (10,720 comments) says:

    Perhaps I should just launch into an acceptance speech. “Unaccustomed as I am to public speaking…”

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  20. bhudson (4,734 comments) says:

    @mikey,

    I was thinking more the lead in to a good speech including humour and a risqué sexual reference:

    “It gives me great pleasure.” [the end]

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  21. sparky (235 comments) says:

    sparky, it’s not a judgement of policies or an election, it’s an evaluation of how well the politicians have performed, and like him or(or his policies) or not, Norman has been one of the standout performers of the year.
    It helps his cause that several from National compete for attention on this, but Norman has outperformed everyone in Greens, Labour, Mana and NZ First in his role as party leader and opposition MP.

    @Pete George,
    Keep believing it. If Wussel Norman is a standout performer, for the year, then this country has a serious problem. I am not just talking about policies, I am talking about him in general. Don’t try a push your nutty beliefs on to me, I am not listening.

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  22. Zapper (926 comments) says:

    This must be a piss take vote. A former member of the Aus communist party, who sees worth in printing money wins a vote here, where generally commenters are sharper than the average population.

    Can someone who voted for this clown please own up, and tell me this is a joke vote? Please??

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  23. mikenmild (10,720 comments) says:

    ‘where generally commenters are sharper than the average population’
    Now, THAT’S a piss take.

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  24. thor42 (916 comments) says:

    *Finlayson* as Nat MP of the year? Someone must be joking….
    It HAS to be Crusher Collins by *miles*.
    Second place to Paula Bennett, even with the kiosk fiasco.
    “Give-all-the-land-to-the-Maori” Finlayson comes dead last in my vote.

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  25. Rex Widerstrom (5,261 comments) says:

    Rajen Prasad was poised to issue a press release committing himself to finding new and innovative ways to do even less next year in the hope of taking out the coveted title. But then he realised the clever trap set for him by cunning Kiwibloggers…

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  26. bhudson (4,734 comments) says:

    @Zapper,

    I did. I don’t think anyone who has read KB for a while would accuse me of being a Greens supporter.

    Here is my reason from the original nominations thread: http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2012/12/nominations_for_mp_of_the_year.html#comments

    2012 MP of the Year

    As much as I hate to say this: Russel Norman.

    Not because he is correct, or even vaguely good for NZ in a position of real power, but because he has done an excellent job of keeping the Greens and his own profile up with the electorate as a whole. Along with Turei, he has managed the Greens caucus effectively [exceptionally would be an overstatement IMO]

    That wasnt a joke and I stand by the rationale. Mind you, I did also have this to say about the Labour MP award:

    2012 Labour MP of the Year

    Rajan Prasad. Often underestimated by the MSM and the public, the leadership survey in the sidebar shows that Kiwiblog pundits appreciate his talent and leadership qualities. And he achieves this without upsetting his colleagues and being demoted to the backbench [possibly through the cunning strategy of being right at the back to begin with.]

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  27. mikenmild (10,720 comments) says:

    Rajen is pretty cunning, for sure. Was he the one who had all the office ructions while Race Relations Commissar?

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  28. Zapper (926 comments) says:

    Yeah good point mike. I forgot you were a commenter, and obviously bring down the average a ridiculous amount

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  29. Zapper (926 comments) says:

    Fair enough bhudson. You didn’t take into account the fact that Norman (and McGillicuddy Serious ex-member Turei) get themselves in the spotlight by being batshit crazy?

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  30. wiseowl (762 comments) says:

    Finlayson would have to be one of the worst National MPs to ever set foot in parliament!

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  31. bhudson (4,734 comments) says:

    You didn’t take into account the fact that Norman (and McGillicuddy Serious ex-member Turei) get themselves in the spotlight by being batshit crazy?

    Yep. I bemoan the fact daily that our media doesn’t pick up on how nuts their policies are. But the fact that they don’t and that Norman is so good at getting their agenda in front of the public and not ridiculed by the media, means he is being extremely effective as a leader.

    [Which is not to say that I like it.]

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  32. mikenmild (10,720 comments) says:

    I think it will be an interesting experience should the Greens ever form part of a government and face the difficult choices inherent in trading off parts of their agenda.

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  33. bhudson (4,734 comments) says:

    @mikey,

    “May you live in interesting times” is a [purportedly Chinese] curse

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  34. mikenmild (10,720 comments) says:

    I can recall my grandfather telling me about the sense of wonderment after the 1935 election: ‘What have we got ourselves in for, electing the socialists’, etc.

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  35. bhudson (4,734 comments) says:

    ^^ And we’ve been paying for that mistake ever since

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  36. mikenmild (10,720 comments) says:

    Well, counterfactuals can be fun, but what was the alternative when the United/Reform coalition had run out of steam? How would things have panned out if Forbes and Coates had hung on for a few more years?

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  37. bhudson (4,734 comments) says:

    Why the alternative was the new National Party.

    And less welfare dependency over the years. [Although it is fair to say that the modern welfare state is nothing at all like that which Savage and those of his day envisaged - they were definitely of the 'hand up, not hand out' mindset.]

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  38. mikenmild (10,720 comments) says:

    Yes, they were. And their ideas were severely tempered by the realities of a British treasury that was unwilling to offer them unlimited credit. But they certainly changed the direction of NZ politics, to the extent that their core reforms were politically unalterable by the time National first came to office.

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  39. bhudson (4,734 comments) says:

    to the extent that their core reforms were politically unalterable by the time National first came to office.

    Dependency tends to have that effect. Somewhat like Working for Families and Taxpayer Fully Subsidised Student Loans [or Interest Free to use the double speak]

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  40. Johnboy (14,998 comments) says:

    “Oh my goodness gracious me”.

    Rajan will be getting the Transport Ministry in the 2014 Labour/Green/NZ First/Murri/UF/Honelast Coalition.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6h0lkq-Sno :)

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  41. mikenmild (10,720 comments) says:

    I’m with you on those. I felt that after a promising start, the last Labour government wasted itself on those two policies, which its successor hates, but is too cowardly to change.

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  42. bhudson (4,734 comments) says:

    too cowardly to change.

    @mikey,

    There is a big difference between cowardice and stupidity. Any govt killing off either or both of those would find itself on the opposition benches all too quickly. You cannot implement any programme of change from there. And lasting change, other than making the electorate even more dependent on welfare, requires a slower, more incremental approach. Which is National’s approach. Whereas Labour and the Greens remain fixated with trying to win power by promising more welfare giveaways.

    It didn’t work last year – witness Labour’s ‘Not Working for Families’ – but, alas, the lure of OPM will seduce the electorate again some (hopefully distant) day.

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  43. mikenmild (10,720 comments) says:

    I tend to disagree – the pattern of NZ politics has been bursts of change followed by periods of status quo. National has generally been the party of the status quo. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I’m not sure that this government’s reform agenda will amount to all that much.

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  44. Paul Williams (876 comments) says:

    The poll results more or less confirm that in general the Kiwiblog comments section is dominated by a insipid clique of lefties and queers

    It’s been more than a few years you’ve been posting here red, posting the same shit. Perhaps you need to just give up, your material isn’t getting any fresher.

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  45. Peter (1,578 comments) says:

    Has your polling gone all “Horizon”, David? Surely this skewed result is because young people do not have landlines. Or wireless radio.

    Rajan has always been way out in front with thinking Labour voters.

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  46. rg (197 comments) says:

    Hide is doing well because what he says makes sense and always has. David you are wrong Hide was always free to say what he wanted. The difference is that he is no longer leader of ACT and is poplur because of that. Who ever is leader of ACT is vilified from both left and National voters. That is because the left see ACT as the only thing keeping Labour out of office, and National voters see ACT as a constant reminder of what National used to believe in. They do not like being reminded that they have had to abandon just about every principle they have ever had to keep supporting National.

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  47. TripeWryter (715 comments) says:

    Rodney Hide is not a journalist. He’s an itinerant ex-MP who gets to write a column for the Herald on Sunday.

    That does not make him a ‘journalist’.

    I have doubts about Patrick Gower, too, after his gushing endorsement of Judith Collins. He sounds like a crush-struck third-former desperate for the head girl prefect to deign to smile at him. Thus proving he has worth.

    Give it up, Patrick: she’ll wade through you, lip curled, eyebrow arched.

    Any ‘survey’ that doesn’t have The Old Grandstander as best Opposition leader lacks merit.

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  48. Pete George (22,839 comments) says:

    @Tripewryter Any ‘survey’ that doesn’t have The Old Grandstander as best Opposition leader lacks merit.

    I suppose you mean Winston.

    There wasn’t a best Opposition leader category. There was “Minor Party MP of the Year” of the year in which Winston came fourth with 9% which I think reflects his performance. He’s not doing particularly well, nowhere near as sharp as he used to be and lacks fire and enthusiasm. Speaking in the house he often sounds confused.

    The Old Grandstander has become the Older Hasbeener.

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  49. Jimmy Smits (246 comments) says:

    rg (125) Says:
    December 18th, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Hide is doing well because what he says makes sense and always has. David you are wrong Hide was always free to say what he wanted. The difference is that he is no longer leader of ACT and is poplur because of that. Who ever is leader of ACT is vilified from both left and National voters. That is because the left see ACT as the only thing keeping Labour out of office, and National voters see ACT as a constant reminder of what National used to believe in. They do not like being reminded that they have had to abandon just about every principle they have ever had to keep supporting National.

    Correction: When John Banks is leader of Act he is vilified from ACT voters. Don’t bring that conservative shit into the party I paid a membership subscription to:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10828170

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