Trio get Herald’s NZer of the Year

December 14th, 2013 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

The Herald has announced:

At this time in every previous year, the Herald has been able to select one person from many notable contributors to national life as its New Zealander of the Year. The choice is never easy, but never has it been more difficult than this year.

Three young New Zealanders made major waves internationally, as well as locally. The achievement of each was, in its own way, so extraordinary and distinct that it would be pointless to try to rank them. This year, therefore, , and share the accolade.

At a first glance, the feats that thrust the three young women to global prominence appear to have little besides their youth and gender in common.

Eleanor Catton is the youngest author to win the prestigious Man Booker Prize; Lydia Ko scaled the heights of women’s golf while just 16, becoming the youngest person and the only amateur ever to win an LPGA tour event; and Lorde, at the same age, became the first New Zealander to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States.

A good choice. All three have achieved amazing things, and I don’t know how you could pick between them.

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48 Responses to “Trio get Herald’s NZer of the Year”

  1. Pauleastbay (5,030 comments) says:

    I don’t know how you could pick between them.

    Easy pick the one born in New Zealand

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  2. big bruv (12,380 comments) says:

    Right…..

    So one chick who wrote a piece of pretentious crap that nobody will read. Another chick who thinks it is cool to ‘word play’ with hard drugs (and will be yesterdays news within six months) and another who plays golf.

    Is the really the best we can do?

    [DPF: And Merry Christmas to you also mr grumpy]

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  3. David in Chch (503 comments) says:

    Except that all 3 are representative of New Zealand. Ko’s family immigrated here and built new lives here. She calls herself a Kiwi. And Catton’s father is a Kiwi who went overseas for career and education reasons. They returned, and have contributed to New Zealand. Isn’t that a typical Kiwi profile? Lorde was born in New Zealand, yes. But they are ALL representative of modern New Zealand. I, for one, applaud the Herald’s choice. They all display skills that put them amongst the world’s best. Let’s celebrate that, not denigrate it.

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  4. Dean Papa (623 comments) says:

    according to wikipedia Ko is the only amateur to win two LPGA events,

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  5. Archer (156 comments) says:

    Is this the award where one of the Herald’s finalists claim to fame was that they had heaps of Facebook likes?

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  6. wf (319 comments) says:

    @ big bruv: are you having a bad Saturday? Poor you. Add some sugar to the lemon juice.

    I have read The Luminaries. It’s a darned good read. Of course it IS 800 pages and takes a bit of concentration, so if your major reading time is spent on blogs like this, you might have a hard job finishing it.
    The plot is a rather complex story about some shonky people who came to Westport (on the West Coast) during the Gold Rush, and constructed around the signs of the Zodiac.

    I think some of their descendants live there to this day.

    And I think, regardless of country of birth, Lydia Ko is not a bad golfer, better than any other teenager I’ve heard of lately. I’m quite happy for her to be recognized for her talent and work ethic and the example she sets to other teenagers.

    As for Lorde, she may be a one-hit-wonder, but I think Royals is a great effort. Very singable. I think her producer/arranger/manager should be recognized for his work producing such a complex & multi-layered track, but since hers is the name on the song, she gets the acclaim.

    Do try and have a better afternoon -

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  7. MH (558 comments) says:

    I’m old enough to still remember Kimbra…

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  8. backster (2,000 comments) says:

    All three have achieved heights they may never repeat and each would be a worthy winner, but I think I would have to give it to the singer.

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  9. SGA (537 comments) says:

    big bruv at 11:23 am

    Is the really the best we can do?

    No need to be bitter, bruv, always a chance you’ll get the nod next year. :-)

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  10. kowtow (6,717 comments) says:

    “Cool to word play with hard drugs”

    Well big bruv you and I don’t agree on much but you’re spot there.

    This country has a huge narcotics problem and anything that goes towards making narcotics even more fashionable than the media /entertainment etc crowd already makes it is thoroghly bad.

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  11. lolitasbrother (353 comments) says:

    boring Farrar

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  12. Johnboy (13,420 comments) says:

    How big is your drill lolita? :)

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  13. big bruv (12,380 comments) says:

    SGA

    I fully expect to be nominated next year along with Kea. Our work combating the evils of religion is already beginning to show results given that with each passing year there are less and less dumb fucks who believe in the sky fairy.

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  14. Johnboy (13,420 comments) says:

    Don’t destroy religion too quickly bb.

    I would like to meet Lucia, wearing her big boots, before I get too old for Viagra to do it’s magic! :)

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  15. mandk (703 comments) says:

    @ big bruv

    Tell us about all your achievements in the past year that entitle you to sneer at the achievements of these three wonderful young women

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  16. doggone7 (492 comments) says:

    Why do we have to have a named New Zealander of the Year?
    Why do some people need to be told who someone else thinks is their New Zealander of the Year?

    Why can’t we appreciate all those we know, and know about, who contribute positively to the world?

    Is this all part of everything in life being a competition where there has to be a winner and a loser?

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  17. big bruv (12,380 comments) says:

    mandk

    You think that a person who glorifies hard drugs is a “wonderful young women”?

    Anyway, my achievements have been many, indeed they are far to plentiful to list here. However, one that I know will please you is that I have continued to fight against the evil that is religion. Judging from the stats released last week that fight is having great results.
    As I said, I suspect that Kea and I will be right at the top of the nominations when they roll around next year.

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  18. bc (1,252 comments) says:

    big bruv: “Anyway, my achievements have been many, indeed they are far to plentiful to list here. However, one that I know will please you is that I have continued to fight against the evil that is religion. Judging from the stats released last week that fight is having great results.”

    Ok, I’m going to call it – BIG BRUV IS THE NEW REDBAITER

    All big bruv needs to do now is state that he has a 20 year plan and abuse people a bit more, and the redbaiter transformation will be complete.

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  19. bc (1,252 comments) says:

    wf @ 11:38am

    Nice comment and I agree. However, Lorde has moved on from being a one-hit wonder. She has had three singles now that have all been successful internationally.

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  20. Viking2 (10,732 comments) says:

    I’m sure many will pohoo this but there is probably two people who epitomized solid good hard working NZers in the last couple of years. These two were constantly in the front line of very difficult circumstances and both were enveloped in the same circumstances so carried out their responsibilities to the public as well as struggling with their own.

    For three years these two men have lead a town out off utter chaos to what is slowly becoming a sense of order and rebirth. Neither asked for the job but both fronted when the town was in its darkest hour.

    Far be it from me to choose which of the two should be Kiwi of the year and personally I consider both deserve the accolade.

    I refer of course to the former Mayor of Christchurch Bob Parker and his fellow Cantabrian, Gerry Brownlee.
    I an not a CHCH resident so am looking from afar, but when you think back over those 3 years and all the horror and the dire circumstances, some which still exist these two men have done a huge job, not always agreeing, not always being agreed with but both with a dedication to their town.

    Brownlee of course represented the Govt. to his own people and to the people if Christchurch all the while continuing with his Parliamentary duties. What a huge job and while not quite as diplomatic as Parker has worked hard to ensure a good outcome for his town.

    Parker of course has gone onto retire after his Tenure but one suspects that his efforts will continue behind the scene, whilst Brownlee remains focused on achieving good results for Christchurch and remaining a Cabinet Minister. I suspect again that we will not know all of what he has done till well after he retires from politics.

    IMHO both deserve recognition for Leadership in their respective roles.

    I had to choose at this time Bob Parker would be my choice.

    Gerry a bit later. Essentially because Parker has left the leadership role behind and now is a good time to recognize that leadership.

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  21. Johnboy (13,420 comments) says:

    Suzanne Lynch did it for me back in the late sixties! :)

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  22. Johnboy (13,420 comments) says:

    Thank God you never had three choices V2. In case you picked Peter Whittall. :)

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  23. calendar girl (1,108 comments) says:

    I’m a great admirer of Lydia Ko – she’s a very fine, precocious young golfer who I’m confident has golf’s accolades waiting for her in her career ahead.

    But even for the gushing “Herald” it’s extravagant to claim that she “scaled the heights of women’s golf while just 16″. She has won a handful of international events, and has turned professional, but please – a measure of perspective and reality would be welcome from New Zealand’s leading newspaper.

    The fact that this stuff appears in an editorial, non-ascribed, at least shields its writer (a journalist?) from the professional ridicule it deserves.

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  24. jackinabox (352 comments) says:

    I reckon Graham McCready should be up there for getting rid of John Banks and showing up the corruption in the police prosecution office.

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  25. Longknives (4,048 comments) says:

    “Lorde, at the same age, became the first New Zealander to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States.”

    Whoopty Shit- Does anyone here actually listen to the fucking drivel that passes as ‘pop music’ these days? All auto-tuned computer manufactured horseshit.

    God everyone gushing over Lordy (or whatever she calls herself) is just pathetic.
    She is a 16 year old manufactured teeny pop star…a budget New Zealand version of Miley Cyrus/Katy Perry etc etc
    Christ every week we have to read about her having yet another carefully constructed ‘twitter war’ with other singers/boy bands etc Her management are simply playing the game and appealing to the twelve year old fans (and seemingly a few Kiwibloggers) as best they can..

    Just because she is from New Zealand doesn’t mean her ‘music’ isn’t as crap as all the other rubbish. And as MH alludes to – Wasn’t Kimbra supposed to be the ‘next big thing’?

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  26. Pauleastbay (5,030 comments) says:

    Wasn’t Kimbra supposed to be the ‘next big thing’?

    I thought it was going to be Space Waltz but I’m ageing rapidly

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  27. Longknives (4,048 comments) says:

    And as for Lydia Ko- Super talented young female golfer but as usual the NZ media have gone completely batshit over the top…
    “Greatest Golfer EVER” etc etc
    “The game changer” etc etc

    The sort of thing that the same over-excitable NZ media used to gush over Danny Lee (anyone remember him??)

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  28. Longknives (4,048 comments) says:

    And (going for the Trifecta here) Eleanor Catton can take a hike as well.
    I couldn’t care less about her book (Though the over excitable NZ media are insisting it will be in EVERY Kiwi’s Christmas Stocking this year- unlikely!) but she is starting to morph into Gareth fucking Morgan with an outspoken opinion about everything under the bloody sun..

    George R.R Martin is my current favourite Author but I don’t seek or want his bloody opinion on what socks to wear or who to vote for…

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  29. big bruv (12,380 comments) says:

    Well said Longkinives.

    I know it is not PC but I have a real problem with female sport. Before I get abused by anybody I do not have a problem with females playing sport just the quality of the product they produce.

    I want to watch top sport, the best there is. Being a cricket fan I have no interest at all in watching the NZ shelia’s team play, if I want to watch the best Golf I am not going to watch females play the game.

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  30. Pauleastbay (5,030 comments) says:

    Yep three young women who have done great things this year but surely there was some medical break through by some young genius or some tech whiz who will end up creating umpteen jobs or someone who has done something amazeingly unselfish that has changed the lives of many.

    If I was to be truely cynical these three young women have done their jobs , that is all. I would have thought a charity effort by someone would be more deserving of the publicity

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  31. Longknives (4,048 comments) says:

    Big Bruv is my New Zealander of the year.

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  32. Carlos (684 comments) says:

    Absolute bullshit!

    Redbaiter, Big Bruv and Pete George should have been NZer of the year. :)

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  33. big bruv (12,380 comments) says:

    Do not lump me in with those two please. :(

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  34. Johnboy (13,420 comments) says:

    For all you young bastards who dont realise just how old PEB really is! :)

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  35. Johnboy (13,420 comments) says:

    Didn’t PEB have lovely long hair then! :)

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  36. Pauleastbay (5,030 comments) says:

    Eddie Rayner in there, never knew that.

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  37. Dazzaman (1,114 comments) says:

    Selecting any of these three just demonstrates the Heralds ever increasing readiness to dip its toes into vapid tabloid-ism.

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  38. Longknives (4,048 comments) says:

    PEB Can you clarify for us- Is there any truth to the rumour that you were, in fact, in a past lifetime the somewhat androgynous lead singer of Space Waltz??

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  39. Pauleastbay (5,030 comments) says:

    I’m only 53 but they were a good band, it got a tad carried away with the Bowie thing but ..

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  40. Johnboy (13,420 comments) says:

    But you have had a facelift PEB…I have spoken to your Doctor! :)

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  41. Dazzaman (1,114 comments) says:

    bigbruv

    I know it is not PC but I have a real problem with female sport. Before I get abused by anybody I do not have a problem with females playing sport just the quality of the product they produce.

    I want to watch top sport, the best there is.

    True, though the netballers are great to watch….that’s womans sport that I can take seriously. If only because I love watching them sweat…..

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  42. Interested Party (61 comments) says:

    I’m nearing 50 and a lover of music, not normally into pop music. I can assure you Lorde is not a manufactured pop star, she is very talented and very smart – excellent pop album. Due to the fickleness of pop music, she may be a one hit wonder, but if I was betting man I think she will be around for a while

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  43. Interested Party (61 comments) says:

    As for Lydia Ko, a lot of promise for one so young, she’s done well, but she ain’t the top female golfer yet

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  44. Interested Party (61 comments) says:

    And if Lorde is a manufactured pop star, from what I’ve read, she’s done all the manufacturing

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  45. Johnboy (13,420 comments) says:

    Phew Bro. ….I’m really shitted that no talented haka dancers or tongue wagglers were in the mix eh! :)

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  46. Harriet (4,010 comments) says:

    “….A good choice. All three have achieved amazing things, and I don’t know how you could pick between them…”

    You can take out 2 chord Lourde for a start.

    Honestly, it’s just another ‘song’ – nothing much of ‘achievment’ in the music industry these days – it doesn’t even stand out.

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  47. KevinH (1,129 comments) says:

    Both Lydia Ko and Lorde will receive accolades in their chosen fields of sport and music respectively and deservedly, however Eleanor Catton’s achievement in winning the Man Booker Prize for literature is an outstanding achievement which will endure for years to come and should be considered accordingly for higher honours.
    I would have no difficulty in nominating Eleanor Catton as New Zealander of the year.

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  48. wf (319 comments) says:

    Kimbra ????????

    I must have missed him/her.

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