Trifecta of scientists NZ's most trusted
Mon, 20 Jun 2011 11:59a.m.
The man named New Zealander of the Year last year is also our most trusted individual, according to a new poll.
Scientist and inventor Ray Avery has taken out the top spot in the Reader’s Digest New Zealand’s 100 Most Trusted People survey.
Avery is joined by fellow scientists Sir Peter Gluckman and Sir Paul Callaghan, who take out second and third spots respectively.
The trifecta of scientists topples sports men from the top spots; in 2009, eight of the top 10 were occupied by current or former sports champs, followed by five in 2010. All Blacks Captain Richie McCaw fell from 11th to 55th place this year, while All White Ryan Nelson (15), former All Black Sir Brian Lochore (21) and All Black Brad Thorn (30) make up the only three sportsmen in the top 30.
Victoria Cross recipient Corporal Willie Apiata, who held the top spot for three years, came in at 14th.
Independent MP Hone Harawira is the least trusted New Zealander, coming dead last in the poll. He is joined in the bottom 10 by a raft of politicians including Bill English, Pita Sharples, Labour Party leader Phil Goff, Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia, NZ First leader Winston Peters and former ACT Party leader Rodney Hide.
A new name on the list is Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn, who earned his trust through his management around the Pike River mine tragedy. Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker has climbed 23 places to number 39 on the list after the Christchurch earthquakes.
The Top 10 Most Trusted:
Most trusted, places 90-100:
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21/06/2011 7:28:35 a.m.
Lies, damn lies, and stats.I don't trust this poll, or the heylan poll, or any poll. All they indicate is how those who were polled feel and think.They have nothing whatsoever to do with those who were not polled. You can extrapolate the results to the wider community, but the fact remains that if you actually asked the wider community (eg a referendum) you would get an accurate result as opposed to an extrapolated (imaginary) result.I certainly do not agree with the results of this poll. Anyway, what is trust? Trust is for conmen and idiots. I prefer the facts and transparency. I make informed decisions, instead of being led by a leash of 'trust'.
20/06/2011 8:52:02 p.m.
I so question the veracity of this list. It seems more like a list of most UNtrusted NZers. This is just an exercise in spindoctoring for the majority of names and I for one resent being played even in this small way.In other words, it's b@ll@cks.
20/06/2011 3:29:37 p.m.
could not agree more
20/06/2011 2:42:01 p.m.
Yep... I'd trust Bret and Jemaine with my life. .... .... ... >_>
20/06/2011 1:33:15 p.m.
This isn't the most trusted 100! This is a list of 100 pre-selected people placed in order!! Totally different thing! The last 6 wouldn't make the top 1000 if it was a free choice!
20/06/2011 1:13:17 p.m.
The same individuals also came in highest placed in the skeptics guide to leaders up to their necks in corporate back scratching and executive boards
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