2014 Kiwiblog Awards Winners

December 15th, 2014 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

Over 1,300 votes were cast last week in the 2014 Kiwiblog Awards. The results are:

  • 2014 Press Gallery Journalist of the Year – Katie Bradford wins on 35% followed by Fran O’Sullivan 34% and Andrea Vance 31%
  • 2014 Minor Party Politician of the Year – David Seymour wins on 44% followed by Tariana Turia 29% and Sue Bradford 28%
  • 2014 National Party MP of the Year – John Key wins on 40% followed by Bill English 34%, Steven Joyce 17% and Amy Adams 9%
  • 2014 Labour Party MP of the Year – Kelvin Davis has a crushing win on 79% followed by Stuart Nash 12% and Damien O’Connor 9%
  • 2014 MP of the Year – an easy win to John Key on 85% with Hone Harawira on 16%

 

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2014 Kiwblog Awards Nominations

December 9th, 2014 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

Voting is now open in the 2014 Kiwiblog Awards. The nominees (selected by readers, not me) who made the ballot are:

2014 National MP of the Year

  • Amy Adams – new front bencher on the rise
  • Bill English – the all important finance minister
  • Steven Joyce – National’s campaign chair and fixit minister

2014 Labour MP of the Year

  • Kelvin Davis – he won Te Tai Tokerau
  • Stuart Nash – only MP to win a seat off National
  • Damien O’Connor – kept their sole rural seat

2014 Minor Party Politician of the Year

  • Sue Bradford – walked with her principles and was vindicated
  • David Seymour – kept ACT alive, after many declared it dead
  • Tariana Turia – retired with dignity, and her party has survived

2014 MP of the Year

  • Hone Harawira – for delivering a third term for National
  • John Key – for delivering a third term for National

2014 Press Gallery Journalist of the Year

  • Katie Bradford
  • Fran O’Sullivan
  • Andrea Vance

Voting will close on Friday.

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2014 Kiwiblog Awards

December 5th, 2014 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

The year is almost over, so it is time for nominations for the annual Kiwiblog Awards. The nomination categories are:

  • 2014 Press Gallery Journalist of the Year
  • 2014 Minor Party MP of the Year
  • 2014 National MP of the Year
  • 2014 Labour MP of the Year
  • 2014 MP of the Year

Make your nominations in the comments (free free to say why) and next week I’ll start a vote based on the most popular nominations.

The winners in 2013 were Andrea Vance, Clint (Hey Clint), Shane Jones, and Bill English twice.

 

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The 2013 Kiwiblog Award Winners

January 23rd, 2014 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

Over 500 readers voted in the 2013 Kiwblog Awards. We have the results …. drum roll …

First the closest fought category – Press Gallery Journalist of the Year

The winner is Andrea Vance with 55%, just ahead of Hamish Rutherford on 45%.

Then we have the Minor Party MP of the Year.

With 46% of the vote, Clint of Hey Clint fame is the clear winner. He’s seen as having performed better than those who he advises! Runner up was Kevin Hague on 24% so Green Party figures clean up. Peter Dunne 3rd on 17%, Winston Peters on 11% and Hone Harawira on 35.

The Labour Party MP of the Year was a landslide.

Shane Jones may have got only 13% of Labour Party members voting for him, but he got the vote of 50% of Kiwiblog readers. Louisa Wall was a creditable second at 29% and new Leader David Cunliffe got 20%.

The National Party MP of the Year was an even bigger landslide.

Bill English cleans up with a huge surplus on 61%. Steven Joyce was favoured by 19%, Tony Ryall by 11% and Gerry Brownlee by 10%. Only MPs who received multiple nominations were included in the ballot.

Finally we have the overall MP of the Year.

This category included the Prime Minister, so was more closely fought. But once again the Finance Minister came up trumps with 48% support. PM Key was on 40% and Tony Ryall smooth handling of health had 12% pick him ahead of the PM and Deputy PM.

The list of winners over time are:

Press Gallery Journalist of the Year

  • 2013 – Andrea Vance
  • 2012 – Rodney Hide
  • 2010 – Guyon Espiner
  • 2009 – John Armstrong
  • 2008 – Audrey Young
  • 2007 – Fran O’Sullivan

Minor Party MP of the Year

  • 2013 – Clint
  • 2012 – Russel Norman
  • 2010 – John Boscawen
  • 2009 – Tariana Turia
  • 2008 – Rodney Hide
  • 2007 – Heather Roy

Labour Party MP of the Year

  • 2013 – Shane Jones
  • 2012 – David Cunliffe
  • 2010 – Grant Robertson
  • 2009 – John Key
  • 2008 – Winston Peters
  • 2007 – Phil Goff

National Party MP of the Year

  • 2013 – Bill English
  • 2012 – Chris Finlayson
  • 2010 – Steven Joyce
  • 2009 – Steven Joyce
  • 2008 – John Key
  • 2007 – Bill English

MP of the Year

  • 2013 – Bill English
  • 2012 – Russel Norman
  • 2010 – John Key
  • 2009 – Lockwood Smith
  • 2008 – Rodney Hide
  • 2007 – John Key
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2013 Kiwiblog Awards Voting

January 15th, 2014 at 3:21 pm by David Farrar

You can vote in the 2013 Kiwiblog Awards at SurveyMonkey.

The nominees are:

2013 National MP of the Year

  • Gerry Brownlee
  • Bill English
  • Steven Joyce
  • Tony Ryall

2013 Labour MP of the Year

  • David Cunliffe
  • Shane Jones
  • Louisa Wall

2013 Minor Party MP of the Year

  • Clint
  • Peter Dunne
  • Kevin Hague
  • Hone Harawira
  • Winston Peters

2013 MP of the Year

  • Bill English
  • John Key
  • Tony Ryall

2013 Press Gallery Journalist of the Year

  • Andrea Vance
  • Hamish Rutherford

Vote at the link above, and results will be declared later this month.

Note that you should only vote for one person in each category.  This isn’t restricted in some questions, and I can’t change it once voting has started. But if you vote for more than one choice, the vote won’t count.

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2013 Kiwiblog Awards

January 2nd, 2014 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

Forgot to run these last year, but can do a catch up and open nominations now.  Nominations are open (in comments) for the following:

  • 2013 Press Gallery Journalist of the Year
  • 2013 Minor Party MP of the Year.
  • 2013 National MP of the Year. 
  • 2013 Labour MP of the Year.
  • 2013 MP of the Year.

The winners in 2012 were Rodney Hide, Russel Norman, Chris Finlayson, David Cunliffe and Russel Norman.

I’ll keep nominations open for a few days, and then open voting once I have closed nominations. Nominate away.

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2012 Kiwiblog Awards

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

Okay, have just closed voting in the 2012 Kiwiblog 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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Voting open for Kiwiblog Awards

December 11th, 2012 at 6:45 am by David Farrar

Voting is now open via the blog polls in the sidebar for the 2012 Kiwiblog Awards. Any names that got more than one nomination were included. As no person (except mikenmild) got nominated more than once for Public Servant of the Year, no voting for that category this year.

The nominees are:

Press Gallery Journalist of the Year

  • John Armstrong
  • Patrick Gower
  • Rodney Hide
  • Fran O’Sullivan

Rodney is not technically press gallery but he writes on politics so have allowed the nomination. Likewise Fran is a business columnist but again often writes on politics.

Minor Party MP of the Year

  • Peter Dunne
  • Kevine Hague
  • Julie-Anne Genter
  • Russel Norman
  • Winston Peters

National MP of the Year

  • Chris Finlayson
  • Steven Joyce
  • John Key
  • Tony Ryall

Labour MP of the Year

  • David Cunliffe
  • Chris Hipkins
  • Rajen Prasad
  • Louisa Wall

MP of the Year

  • Steven Joyce
  • Russel Norman
  • Tony Ryall
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Nominations for MP of the Year

December 5th, 2012 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

I forgot to do this in 2011, but it is a good tradition to continue. The Kiwiblog Awards.

Please nomination in comments people for the categories below over the next couple of days. I’ll then run a poll of the most popular nominees over several days for people to vote in. The categories are:

  • 2012 MP of the Year
  • 2012 Labour MP of the Year
  • 2012 National MP of the Year
  • 2012 Minor Party MP of the Year
  • 2012 Press Gallery Journalist of the Year
  • 2012 Public Servant of the Year

 

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Kiwiblog Award Winners

December 20th, 2010 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

Over 500 votes in the Kiwiblog Awards. The winners are:

  • MP of the Year – John Key wins easily with 61% iof the votes
  • Labour MP of the Year – Grant Robertson wins with 43% of the vote, double the next Labour MP – David Cunliffe
  • National MP of the Year – Steven Joyce pips Judith Collins by 2 votes – 166 to 164.
  • Minor Party MP of the Year – John Boascawen wins with 36% but a creditable second place to Metiria Turei on 26%
  • Press Gallery Journalist of the Year – a close contest byt Guyon Espiner wins with 55% to 45% for Duncan Garner
  • Public Servant of the Year – Bob Parker on 45% edges out the Auditor-General on 37%

Congrats to all the winners, and finalists.

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Voting now open for 2010 Kiwiblog Awards

December 16th, 2010 at 2:30 pm by David Farrar

You can vote in the six categories in the sidebar. The nominees, based on those who got the most nominations are:

MP of the Year – a choice between PM John Key, Police & Corrections Minister Judith Collins and Health Minister Tony Ryall

Labour MP of the Year – the four most popular nominees were David Cunliffe, Phil Goff, Trevor Mallard an newbie Grant Robertson

National MP of the Year – a choice between four ministers – Judith Collins, Steven Joyce, Tony Ryall and new Minister Hekia Parata

Minor Party MP of the Year – a diverse range with United Future’s Peter Dunne, Green co-leader Metiria Turei and Rodney Hide and John Boscawen from ACT

Press Gallery Journalist of the Year – it’s a two way contest between the two TV political editors – One’s Guyon Espiner v Three’s Duncan Garner

Public Servant of the Year – Law Commission President Sir Geoffrey Palmer competes with Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker and Auditor-General Lyn Provost

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Kiwiblog 2010 Political Awards

December 15th, 2010 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

I’ve left it late this year, but nominations are now open for the following awards. The top nominees will be voted on next week:

  • 2010 MP of the Year
  • 2010 Labour MP of the Year
  • 2010 National MP of the Year
  • 2010 Minor Party MP of the Year
  • 2010 Press Gallery Journalist of the Year
  • 2010 Public Servant of the Year
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And the winners are

December 15th, 2009 at 3:23 pm by David Farrar

Don’t really need a drum roll, as people could see the results in the sidebar up until closing, but here goes.

The 2009 Kiwiblog MP of the Year is Lockwood Smith. Lockwood was always a hot favourite with rave reviews from the gallery and others for his efforts to make question time more relevant, and opening up MPs expenses to public scrutiny. Lockwood won 49% of the vote.  Police and Corrections Minister was 2nd on 22%.

The 2009 Kiwiblog National MP of the Year is Steven Joyce. An impressive performance for a first term MP. His swift decision making on much needed national roads of significance has made him the motorists fan, as well as his steady decision making on the fibre to the home project. Steven got 39% of the vote, with Judith Collins in 2nd place on 28%.

Kiwiblog readers voted John Key the 2009 Kiwiblog Labour MP of the Year. Some readers will have voted him the best Labour MP tongue in cheek, while others will be sending a message that they want more right and less centre. The PM got 40% of the vote, with new MP David Shearer in 2dn place on 14%. Were readers giving Shearer esteem for his massive win in the by-election, or because they like his defence privatisation essays?

The 2009 Kiwiblog Minor Party MP of the Year is Tariana Turia. The Maori Party co-leader got 39% of the vote, with John Boscawen on 29%. Turia in the mid 1990s was one of the most polarising figures in NZ politics. It shows how successful her efforts have been, that in 2009 she can win a poll amongst the generally conservative readership to be the Minor Party MP of the Year.

The 2009 Kiwiblog Press Gallery Journalist of the Year is John Armstrong. John won 45%, narrowly pipping out Jane Clifton on 39%.  Note this is the public poll of Kiwiblog readers. A separate poll of MPs and Press Secretaries on the press gallery will be published on Thursday or Friday. John is probably the most cited journalist online – not because people always agree with him, but because he provides analysis (not just reporting) almost every day.

Finally we have the 2009 Kiwiblog Public Servant of the Year and it is a tribute to Dame Margaret Bazley who got 48% of the vote, with Don Brash in second place at 38%. Lawyers have never been the most popular species, and the average pundit enjoyed her expose of the legal aid problems.

Note that despite me telling people not to do it, one Xtra user tried voting around 80 times in most categories. These show up in the logs like a flashing light, and those votes were deleted.

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2009 Kiwiblog Awards

December 7th, 2009 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

Yes it is time for the annual Kiwiblog Awards. The categories are:

  1. MP of the Year
  2. Labour MP of the Year
  3. National MP of the Year
  4. Minor Party MP of the Year
  5. Press Gallery Journalist of the Year
  6. Public Servant of the Year

Make your nominations below, and then I’ll announce the finalists and run a poll in each category. These are all positive awards – for the best person in each category.

2008 winners are not eligible to be nominees for 2009. Here are the 2008 and 2007 winners for each category.

  1. MP of the Year – Rodney Hide (2008), John Key (2007)
  2. Labour MP of the Year – Winston Peters, Phil Goff
  3. National MP of the Year – John Key, Bill English
  4. Minor Party MP of the Year – Rodney Hide, Heather Roy
  5. Press Gallery Journalist of the Year – Audrey Young, Fran O’Sullivan
  6. Public Servant of the Year – Owen Glenn, Kevin Brady
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