Good on Kerre, shame on Bryce

Bryce Johns claimed that the Herald on Sunday had “decent journalists, trained and skilled” and that I should try and emulate them and him.

Today they have a column by Kerre McIvor (formerly Woodham) about her changing her name after getting married. It is entitled “A girl formerly known as…“.

In the column she talks about her editor, the aforementioned Bryce Johns, and the difficulty he has had making the transition to her new name.

Some people wanted to know what my various employers thought, given that I’d built a career in the media under Woodham (all fine, thank you – although it took the Herald on Sunday slighter longer than the others to come round to the idea!)

And at the bottom of the column Johns himself adds a note: 

Editor’s note: As usual, you’ve talked me around in the end.

Well he may have been talked around but clearly didn’t pass that on to the sub-editors, who presumably are “decent journalists, trained and skilled“.



They have changed it now, but not before I got a screenshot.

I hope Bryce is contacting Kerre and apologising for the insult.


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  • what a total dickweed that “editor” is.

    “may have noticed my by line has changed’


    how embarrassing for kerre.

  • washo

    they have a new rugby columnist – Richard Lee

    • Morrissey

      One thing we can be sure of: he won’t be any worse than the rugby columnist they have now. That fellow Richard Loe was and is a thug, but the real problem is that he is a sub-moron.

      • Bunswalla

        Loe is a good columnist, in my opinion.

        • Patrick

          Agree but the new fellow Richard Lee wrote a good column today. He seems to write in a similar style to Loey – wait could they be the same person & the Herald made a mistake with his surname? Why would that happen? How could that happen to a regular contributor of some years? Could it be that the regular 5 year old schoolkid sub editor is off sick?
          The Herald is a mess.

          • Bunswalla

            Preaching to the choir, Patrick!

        • Morrissey

          He’s a thug, and I doubt he even writes that column.

  • Macca

    If that editor thinks his journalists are trained and skilled – then good for him but if he thinks they are unbiased – he’s got fucken rocks in his head!!!!!!
    Here’s a tip for him. Try some UNBIASED reporting and see what your rags ratings do – I think you might be pleasantly surprised!

  • disqus_Hzn8Pa0F8b

    Is this why divorced media women like Pam Corkery keep their ex-husbands names, because editors can’t edit?

    • Sponge

      Who the fuck married Pam Corkery!! – the bloke from the bind and deaf foundation?

  • Pissedoffyouth

    Sally Ridge kept her name

    • disqus_Hzn8Pa0F8b

      Uh, she kept Mathew Ridge’s name I think you’ll find.

      • Pissedoffyouth

        That’s what I meant, she kept her name from her marriage.

    • Dave

      That was to keep the gravy train going!

  • LesleyNZ

    I see Kerre is now by-lined as Kerre McIvor online NZ Herald .