NZ’s most trusted

June 20th, 2013 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

Always amusing to read the list of most trusted people. Some of the interesting inclusions:

  1. John Kirwan, former All Black, depression awareness spokesperson
  2. Willie Apiata VC, soldier
  3. Richie McCaw, All Blacks’ captain
  4. Alison Holst, food writer
  5. Judy Bailey, TV presenter, charity worker
  6. Peter Leitch, businessman, charity worker
  7. Peter Snell, former athlete, scientist
  8. Jerry Mateparae, Governor-General
  9. Kevin Milne, former TV host. consumer advocate
  10. Sarah Ulmer, cyclist

The top 10 professions:

  1. Paramedics
  2. Firefighters
  3. Rescue volunteers
  4. Nurses
  5. Pilots
  6. Doctors
  7. Pharmacists
  8. Veterinarians
  9. Police
  10. Armed Forces personnel

The bottom ten:

  • 41. Call centre staff
  • 42. Airport baggage handlers
  • 43. Journalists
  • 44. Real estate agents
  • 45. Insurance salespeople
  • 46. Politicians
  • 47. Sex workers
  • 48. Car salespeople
  • 49. Door-to-door salespeople
  • 50. Telemarketers

It’s nice the journalists and the politicians managed to beat out the prostitutes this year!

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38 Responses to “NZ’s most trusted”

  1. KiwiGreg (3,211 comments) says:

    someone still reads the Readers’ Digest? Surely this could only accurately be described as 4 90 years old’s vague ideas of who they trust?

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  2. Paulus (2,554 comments) says:

    Amusing bunch of people to say the least.
    As I do not know any of them personally I would not vote for any.
    Their PR managers have done them well.

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  3. s.russell (1,580 comments) says:

    I think the people at the bottom of the list are the most interesting. The bottom 20 are:

    81. Gareth Morgan, businessman, philanthropist
    82. Billy Graham, motivational speaker
    83. Russel Norman, Green Party co-leader
    84. Graeme Hart, businessman
    85. James Wallace, businessman, philanthropist
    86. Bob Jones, businessman
    87. David Shearer, Labour Party leader
    88. Len Brown, Mayor of Auckland
    89. Metiria Turei, Green Party co-leader
    90. Pita Sharples, Minister of Maori Affairs
    91. Sonny Bill Williams, rugby league player, former All Black
    92. Matt McCarten, trade unionist, politician
    93. Tariana Turia, Maori Party co-leader
    94. Michael Fay, businessman
    95. Gerry Brownlee, Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery
    96. Michael Laws, former Mayor of Wanganui
    97. Winston Peters, New Zealand First leader
    98. Kim Dotcom, internet entrepreneur
    99. John Banks, politician, former Mayor of Auckland
    100. Hone Harawira, Mana Party leader

    (John Key just escapes this list at No 80., which is actually pretty good for a PM I think!)

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  4. RRM (9,633 comments) says:

    17. Susan Devoy, Race Relations Commissioner
    25. Hayley Westenra, singer
    36. Pippa Wetzell, TV presenter
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    44. Garth McVicar, Sensible Sentencing Trust spokesperson

    :-) Oh noes!

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  5. Harriet (4,614 comments) says:

    » 46. Politicians
    » 47. Sex workers

    HAhahhahahhhahahahahhahhhhhah

    Indistinguishable Whores ! :cool:

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  6. RRM (9,633 comments) says:

    84. Graeme Hart, businessman
    86. Bob Jones, businessman
    87. David Shearer, Labour Party leader
    88. Len Brown, Mayor of Auckland
    89. Metiria Turei, Green Party co-leader
    90. Pita Sharples, Minister of Maori Affairs

    Four of the main left political leaders, rated lower than Hart & Jones.

    Ooooooooh how that must hurt :-)

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  7. Harriet (4,614 comments) says:

    But RRM#

    83. Russel Norman, Green Party co-leader

    84. Graeme Hart, businessman
    85. James Wallace, businessman, philanthropist
    86. Bob Jones, businessman

    Get out the pop corn – Jones is going to give Wussle’s voters both fucken barrels in his next Herald coloum.

    …right up till the election! :cool:

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  8. CJPhoto (218 comments) says:

    Not sure why sex workers are so far down the list. Given anyone who uses them trust them enough:

    - that they dont have a STD
    - that they wont tell the wife

    Those are two huge issues and without trust, they would be out of business in no time.

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  9. Keeping Stock (10,167 comments) says:

    I think it’s hugely ironic that the public believes that Kim Dotcom is only marginally more trustworthy than John Banks, but marginally less trustworthy than Winston Peters. The Large German Gentleman’s not-insubstantial ego will be bruised!

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  10. flipper (3,819 comments) says:

    s.russell (1,338) Says:

    June 20th, 2013 at 1:17 pm
    I think the people at the bottom of the list are the most interesting. The bottom 20 are:

    It is amazing how many philanthropists who have given many times that given by Peter Leitch (no criticism of him) are included in the bottom 20.
    Is sad that the green eyed monster that is alive and well in NZ, is it not?

    I have put a smile along side those who give extensively to charity: Bloodsuckers get XXX
    84. Graeme Hart, businessman ;)
    85. James Wallace, businessman, philanthropist :)
    86. Bob Jones, businessman :)
    87. David Shearer, Labour Party leader XXX
    88. Len Brown, Mayor of Auckland XXX
    89. Metiria Turei, Green Party co-leader XXX
    90. Pita Sharples, Minister of Maori Affairs
    91. Sonny Bill Williams, rugby league player, former All Black :)
    92. Matt McCarten, trade unionist, politician XXX
    93. Tariana Turia, Maori Party co-leader
    94. Michael Fay, businessman :)
    95. Gerry Brownlee, Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery
    96. Michael Laws, former Mayor of Wanganui
    97. Winston Peters, New Zealand First leader XXX
    98. Kim Dotcom, internet entrepreneur XXX
    99. John Banks, politician, former Mayor of Auckland
    100. Hone Harawira, Mana Party leader XXXXZXZZ

    (John Key just escapes this list at No 80 :)

    Big media and spin productions do not necessarily indicate a like contribution to charity.
    And that list excludes Douglas Myers, :) :) and the Todd Family. :) :)

    Christ some folks are j so small minded.

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  11. F E Smith (3,314 comments) says:

    The top 10 professions:

    I think that they (and you, DPF) mean occupations, not professions.

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  12. bhudson (4,736 comments) says:

    @F E Smith,

    Afraid not. The world moves on an the good old Oxford now defines profession as “a paid occupation”.

    As a tilt to history, it adds “especially one that involves prolonged training and a formal qualification”, but such are no longer essential determinants of a profession.

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  13. David Garrett (6,713 comments) says:

    bhudson: interesting etymology….even more so in the light of this …ah…discussion, that prostitution has always been known as “the world’s oldest profession”…even back when the word meant something other than you got paid for it.

    And appropos of all that, I can’t resist this oldie: “The cheque is in the mail” is the world’s most commonly told lie…what is the second most common?

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  14. F E Smith (3,314 comments) says:

    bhudson,

    Seriously?  So a tradesman is now a professional?  Working at McDonalds makes you a professional?  

    We are all professionals now?

    That would appear to make the word redundant, leading us back to using the term ‘occupation’, surely?

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  15. Roflcopter (446 comments) says:

    How can prostitutes be lower than politicians, at least they don’t fuck you by stealth?

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  16. F E Smith (3,314 comments) says:

    The cheque is in the mail

    That is a good one.  I am trying to remember the last time I actually wrote a cheque (without getting the chequebook out), but I am not suceeding.  

    Having just last week renewed my practising certificate online, I have to say that pretty much everything I spend is done so electronically these days.

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  17. F E Smith (3,314 comments) says:

    That all said, I think that the Readers Digest list would still be wrong, even on the OED definition, because rescue volunteers are, by their definition, not a paid occupation. 

    I do note, however that the first of the online dictionaries that I google, the Merriam-Webster, tells us that a profession is

    a calling requiring specialized knowledge and often long and intensive academic preparation

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  18. Chuck Bird (4,748 comments) says:

    I see they have not rated judges. There are some dodges ones out there. It is an outrages that this guy is still on the bench. He should have been charged. It sounds like the is a high likelihood he is a repeat sexual predator.

    http://www.kiwisfirst.co.nz/index.asp?PageID=2145845343

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  19. alex Masterley (1,498 comments) says:

    I was reading FES’s comments and thinking yup, every payment made in my office is done by electronic transfer and then my assistant wandered in with a cheque for me to sign!

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  20. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    An ex-politician and practicing lawyer and another practicing lawyer commenting on a NZ’s most trusted professions thread.- ironic ?

    Na

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  21. David Garrett (6,713 comments) says:

    PEB: But note how restrained we both are!

    Cheques are still more common than you think…especially among those few of us who know how dangerous direct debits are….they are literally permission to your power/phone/gas/??? company to reach into your account and take what they like….Ever had a power bill for twice the amount it should be, or a mobile phone bill which “mistakenly” bills you for God knows what use of roaming when you havent been out of the country?

    Cheques will still be good for this boy, until they are literally unable to be used any more….

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  22. nasska (10,867 comments) says:

    David G

    …”what is the second most common?”….

    Of course I’ll still respect you in the morning.

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  23. alex Masterley (1,498 comments) says:

    We see cheques come accros the boardroom table every now and again but they are few and far between.

    Don’t like direct debits for reasons similar to those pointed out by David Garrett.

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  24. bhudson (4,736 comments) says:

    @F E Smith,

    Any you think you are a bit disappointed? You should have seen the reaction when I pointed it out to the teachers on KB a year or more ago – especially mpledger and kiwigunner, from memory.

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  25. Paul Williams (877 comments) says:

    I’ll forego the politics to simply remark that JK is a fantastic role model.

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  26. labrator (1,846 comments) says:

    Seems to be a correlation between how often your face will appear on television (especially daytime or early evening). Explains why the finance companies did so well out of newsreaders, so trustworthy…

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  27. David Garrett (6,713 comments) says:

    Paul, I am astounded that you recognise our leader’s outstanding qualities as a father, a politician, and a man of his word. For the latter, I hold him in the highest regard.

    Nasska: Close, but not quite…if you think about the world’s oldest profession – or at least how it was once practised – you will be on to it…

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  28. david (2,552 comments) says:

    David Garrett 3:42pm – it is of course possible that Paul was referring to John Kirwan.

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  29. V (690 comments) says:

    Politicians and Sex Workers, why have they decided to break this category into two this year?

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  30. Paul Marsden (990 comments) says:

    Interesting that lawyers don’t make it anywhere. Oh dear..

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  31. cubit (356 comments) says:

    3rd most – I’m from head office and I’m here to help you!

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  32. cubit (356 comments) says:

    The 3rd most – I’m from head office office and I’m here to help you!

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  33. Nostalgia-NZ (5,027 comments) says:

    40% sportspeople, 40% from a media background, 20% ex military in the top 10 (though the mix could be described differently because of the range of the achievements of those selected,) indicates that sports and media figures engage the public to a point that shows the acceptance of sport and it’s values, the message from media figures who engage the public in a down to earth way, also ex military (both Maori in this case) which probably shows racial tolerance and a core strength of the kiwi personality of being honest and working together under diversity. Great for those featuring on the list, however modest they might be about it, bloody good also for the insight into common kiwi values to give a picture of how they rate above politics and issues of the day to show who would most likely be chosen to be aboard the canoe into the future.

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  34. frankdb (150 comments) says:

    MEH, Bloggers don’t rate?

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  35. frankdb (150 comments) says:

    The top and bottom ranked people from the Kiwiblog list are:

    Most trusted
    1. Redbaiter
    2. Clayton Weatherston
    3. David Garrett
    4. Michael Laws
    5. Whaleoil
    6. Rodney Hide
    7. Hannibal Lecter
    8. The White Race
    9. Garth McVicar
    10. Any woman who gets her tits out in public and keeps her fat mouth shut

    Least trusted
    91. Scientists
    92. Blacks
    93. Muslims
    94. Gays
    95. Women
    96. Black women
    97. Gay black women
    98. Gay scientists
    99. Gay black Muslims
    100. Hone Harawira

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  36. Dirty Rat (383 comments) says:

    Journalists…I suppose that equates to Bloggers…….hang on, thats not a profession

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  37. Andronicus (219 comments) says:

    frankdb: Where’s DPF on your list?

    Treading on dangerous ground, my friend.

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  38. Sam Buchanan (502 comments) says:

    Most common lie : “I have read the terms and conditions.”

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