The 10 least trusted

June 19th, 2014 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports on the most and least trusted NZers. The 10 least trusted (in order) are:

  1. Hone Harawira
  2. Kim Dotcom
  3. Michael Laws
  4. David Cunliffe
  5. Winston Peters
  6. Bunny McDiarmid (Greenpeace)
  7. Matt McCarten
  8. Michael Fay
  9. Russel Norman
  10. Metiria Turei

Is it a coincidence that eight out of the 10 least trusted would all be key players in a Labour-led Government?

The most trusted is Willie Apiata.

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49 Responses to “The 10 least trusted”

  1. Redbaiter (10,443 comments) says:

    Pity no one trusts the Herald.

    Journalists at 43 between call centre workers and real estate agents.

    Haw haw.

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  2. Ed Snack (1,940 comments) says:

    Interesting result, I wonder if the survey has any real validity as it does seem like a pointer about the current political situation and why it is what it is. But why is Michael Fay so low down is the only question I have, the veritable king of business sharp practice but a lone business outsider in the list.

    And where’s that shonky man johnkey, surely all those “shonky” barbs can’t have disappeared without trace, lprent and others will be SO disappointed.

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  3. Redbaiter (10,443 comments) says:

    John Key is at 86 next to Gareth Morgan.

    Another reason to smile.

    (actually only 13% more trusted than Kim Dotcom.)

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  4. Harriet (5,201 comments) says:

    Helen at 56 is more trusted than Key at 86.

    The Conservatives will take note of that —— as politicians in general are well past 100 – and right next to prostitutes, doorsalesmen and telemarketers.

    Mr Craig is seen as being honest by an increasing number of people.

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  5. Redbaiter (10,443 comments) says:

    Well, at least Helen as a hard lefty was true to her party.

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  6. RRM (10,099 comments) says:

    Kim Dotcom is a New Zealander?

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  7. mikenmild (12,402 comments) says:

    All of the current pollies seem to be ranked pretty low, so I don’t see why DPF was so happy!

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  8. David Garrett (7,701 comments) says:

    How did Michael Laws end up so high? What has he done in the last 20 years to be so poorly regarded??

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  9. Redbaiter (10,443 comments) says:

    “All of the current pollies seem to be ranked pretty low,”

    Why 800,000 don’t vote.

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  10. thor42 (971 comments) says:

    Heck, I’d trust Lawsie a *helluva lot more* than I would Cunliffe!

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  11. Harriet (5,201 comments) says:

    Key 86 must be looking rather dodgy to some of the nats voters – given that National itself is at 51% in other polls!

    Mr Craig is capable of keeping him honest – as he’s not Craig’s boss.

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  12. Redbaiter (10,443 comments) says:

    Actually there’s an interesting point-

    No matter who wins the coming election, we’re going to be governed by a coalition of the least trusted people in NZ.

    When you think about that, amazing that only 800,000 choose not to vote.

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  13. dime (10,215 comments) says:

    1) lol @ the left
    2) stupid list. they basically came up with as many d grade celebs as they could and ranked them.

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  14. straya (88 comments) says:

    35 Kiwis less trusted than Chris Cairns? You’re a funny mob.

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  15. thedavincimode (6,890 comments) says:

    Interesting, Colin Craig doesn’t appear at all.

    Is this because nobody trusts him, or simply because nobody has heard of him?

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  16. Redbaiter (10,443 comments) says:

    One thing for sure, many are obsessed with him.

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  17. davidp (3,585 comments) says:

    #4: Double-Standards Dave – Quick to judge. Slow to resign.

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  18. TimG_Oz (866 comments) says:

    3. Richie McCaw, All Blacks’ captain

    If you are a Rugby Referee, and call hands off in the ruck, how much would you trust this guy to do what he is told?

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  19. calendar girl (1,259 comments) says:

    Harriet @ 11:15 and 11:28am.

    You refer to the previous Prime Minister as “Helen”, the present Prime Minister as “Key”, and the leader of a minor party (twice) as “Mr Craig”.

    Don’t ever try to conceal your feelings!

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  20. redqueen (597 comments) says:

    Campbell is at 20, Clark is at 56, and Key is at 86…except, Key is the most popular PM in our history…bollocks is what this ‘survey’ sounds like.

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  21. eszett (2,450 comments) says:

    I guess you could have mentioned that John Key is there right at #15 of the “least trusted” people and easily beaten by Helen Clark at #35.

    And since none of the other National Party ministers even appear on that list does that mean that they are even less trusted than Hone?

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  22. Harriet (5,201 comments) says:

    “…….You refer to the previous Prime Minister as “Helen”, the present Prime Minister as “Key”, and the leader of a minor party (twice) as “Mr Craig”.

    Don’t ever try to conceal your feelings!…”

    Hey……….Calender Girl…..

    Don’t ever try to conceal your desires…..amidst your physical reality. :cool:

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  23. mikenmild (12,402 comments) says:

    It’s not clear from the article whether this is a list of names that occurred to people or whether survey respondents were asked to rank names on a prepared list. Some of the names seem really unusual. Stephen Donald?

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  24. Jack5 (5,281 comments) says:

    The tenth annual Readers Digest survey? Who reads that dinosaur publication these days? If this is a survey of the Readers Digest readers it will be pretty skewed. I thought publication had ended.

    What’s new in this survey? We’ve had score of polls say the same as this part of the Hooerald report:

    Firefighters, paramedics, rescue volunteers and nurses were the five most trusted of 50 professions, while politicians, sex workers, door-to-door salespeople and telemarketers were at the opposite end of the list. Journalists were 43rd, between call centre workers and real estate agents.

    These sort of polls are as only as valuable as the filler pulp of “ten best X”, “ten worst Y”, “five things you didn’t know about pop star Z”.

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  25. Yoza (1,926 comments) says:

    eszett (2,311 comments) says:
    June 19th, 2014 at 11:54 am

    And since none of the other National Party ministers even appear on that list does that mean that they are even less trusted than Hone?

    Exactly, this isn’t a list of the least trusted New Zealanders. The only members of the current ruling regime who make the list are Key and Sharples. Which means most National MPs were perceived as so untrustworthy the designers of the list left them out of the selection process or they were included but never made the top 100.

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  26. RRM (10,099 comments) says:

    OF COURSE John Key ranks low:

    A/
    Everyone in the “I don’t trust any politicians” camp would have voted him down,

    B/
    Everyone who’s even slightly left politically has been reciting the “You can’t trust John Key” meme for years and would have voted him down;

    Basically, politics gets people all bitter & twisted. In something like this it almost doesn’t matter what your politics are.

    National could have stood a chimpanzee, Willie Apiata or the re-animated corpse of Sid “true to his party’s founding principles” Holland as PM, and either way the PM would still rate about the same in this silly poll… ;-)

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  27. nasska (12,107 comments) says:

    The losers who voted in this poll will be the same ones who get their investment advice off someone who reads the news off an autocue…..

    ….and then wonder what went wrong.

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  28. thedavincimode (6,890 comments) says:

    How do they conduct this silly poll anyway? Do participants just nominate someone or does some deadbeat supply a lost of names?

    There are some weird names on this list. Kirwan at no 5 is interesting. I guess that was a voting block outside the Blues franchise.

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  29. G152 (420 comments) says:

    Readers Digest polls are like their magazine marketing.
    Somewhat unethical

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  30. eszett (2,450 comments) says:

    What is post highlights is the disappointing trend of more and more such silly political hatchet jobs on this blog as the election comes closer.

    Painting the opposition politicians as the “least trusted” people based on such a list is just shabby, cheap shot. Something you may expect to see on Whale or the Standard. Especially when your own side doesn’t appear in such a great light on that list either.

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  31. Rex Widerstrom (5,013 comments) says:

    Redbaiter says:

    No matter who wins the coming election, we’re going to be governed by a coalition of the least trusted people in NZ.

    Undeniably true, whether based on this poll or the anecdotal chatter around workplaces, social gatherings and anywhere two or more people meet.

    And the problem is systemic. Give any group of people unbridled power and utterly no accountability and even the best of them are bound to fall short of the standards of integrity we’d like to see.

    Problem is, the only people with the power to fix the system are those benefitting from it being broken.

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  32. Colville (2,318 comments) says:

    3. Richie McCaw, All Blacks’ captain

    If you are a Rugby Referee, and call hands off in the ruck, how much would you trust this guy to do what he is told?

    I would totally trust Sir Richie to do his job and keep fishing for the ball until a micro second before he was about to get pinged then release and look innocently at the Ref with a “wot me Sir?” look in his eyes. :-)

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  33. David Garrett (7,701 comments) says:

    Nasska: Well said…Colin Meads FFS? A not very bright rugby player from the distant past…He spruiked for a finance company that later collapsed didn’t he?? What is it about this country and the canonization of rugby players??

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  34. dime (10,215 comments) says:

    “Nasska: Well said…Colin Meads FFS? A not very bright rugby player from the distant past…He spruiked for a finance company that later collapsed didn’t he?? What is it about this country and the canonization of rugby players??”

    he snubbed all media, didnt endorse a thing for years… then his farm got into trouble. im surprised he hasnt done an ad for get your dick hard pills yet

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  35. Scott Chris (6,178 comments) says:

    Yes, as Davinci noted Colin Craig doesn’t make the the top 100. Nor does David Farrar for that matter so that puts both of them behind Dotcon.

    Good point Timgoz. Obviously we can trust Richie McCaw to cheat on all our behalves.

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  36. calendar girl (1,259 comments) says:

    Harriet@12:01pm: “Don’t ever try to conceal your desires…..amidst your physical reality.”

    Very droll, I’m sure. But only you will have any idea what you’re trying to say there.

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  37. Albert_Ross (337 comments) says:

    No matter who wins the coming election, we’re going to be governed by a coalition of the least trusted people in NZ

    That is a circular logic that we have got ourselves into.

    Politicians are not trustworthy, and N is a politician. Therefore N is not trustworthy.

    N is not trustworthy, and s/he is a politician. Therefore politicians are not trustworthy.

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  38. Longknives (4,962 comments) says:

    “What is it about this country and the canonization of rugby players??”

    Prepare for a torrent of abuse and threats from Flipper…

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  39. hj (7,167 comments) says:

    80. John Key, Prime Minister
    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
    – See more at: http://www.readersdigest.co.nz/new-zealand-most-trusted-people-2013#sthash.w0RUytMt.dpuf

    where’s the methodology? What does it mean (if anything)?
    Julie Bailey $m news reader. How did she make a comeback?

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  40. RRM (10,099 comments) says:

    My mate worked on one of Colin Meads’ adverts years ago.

    His comment: The guy is an asshole! WELL used to everyone telling him he’s a legend.

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  41. Longknives (4,962 comments) says:

    I can believe it about Meads- One of our beloved All Black ‘heroes’ crashed a BBQ at my house a few years ago…(friend of a friend)
    He spent the entire afternoon talking about himself (had the IQ of a peanut) and sponging free booze and food off everyone before getting shitfaced and groping all the women slurring “Have you ever been with an Alll Black luv??” while he mauled their boobs and pinched their arses. (Despite the fact his airhead Missus was there- seemingly oblivious to his appalling behaviour and rambling on about the Paparazzi following her etc)
    Even the staunchest rugby-heads amongst us agreed he was the biggest tosser we had ever met! He was about to get knocked out by an angry husband when he was marched out the door…slurring at us about what a “bunch of fucking nobodies” we all were…
    Role model behaviour if ever I saw it!

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  42. jokeyster (1 comment) says:

    Where is John Key? not in the top ten least trusted!… I am surprised this must be a set up

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  43. Yogibear (375 comments) says:

    @dime and longknives

    The answer to both your posts is “deer velvet” – the man has been clearly been taking too much – and hocking it off……

    ……along with dodgy Korean cars.

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  44. wikiriwhis business (4,200 comments) says:

    HJ got the listwrong. Hone was higher as trusted than J Key

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  45. Scott1 (592 comments) says:

    The apparent dream Government for NZ.

    Willie Apiata Minister of Defence / Minister of Justice and PM
    Lance O’Sullivan Minister of Health
    Richie McCaw, Minister of Sports and recreation
    Judy Bailey, Minister of Broadcasting
    John Kirwan, Minister of Police
    Kevin Milne, Minister of education
    Valerie Adams Foreign Affairs
    Jim Hickey, Minister of the environment
    Alison Holst, Minister for Food safety
    Peter Snell Minister of transport
    Peter Leitch, Minister of social development
    Jerry Mateparae Attorney-General
    Peter Jackson, Minister of Finance
    Dan Carter, Minister of ACC

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  46. Scott1 (592 comments) says:

    I tried to see what my rankings would be but It seems it would be very dependent on context, making such a question nonsense….

    Except with Colin Meeds and Chris Cairns, who I find it difficult to trust in any context.

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  47. Aussie Aussie Aussie (22 comments) says:

    Kim DotCom

    for President

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  48. Aussie Aussie Aussie (22 comments) says:

    The Big bad German with a Copy of Mein kampf

    Save us John Save us

    FFS what a joke

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  49. Aussie Aussie Aussie (22 comments) says:

    SAVe us Help us John

    Save us Help Help Help

    a German with an internet party oh oh

    isn’t this big bad german part of a deliberate strategy to

    FOOL THE SHEEP

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