New Zealander of the Year


Not sure of the true benefit of this, but the finalists will be narrowed down to one winner Feb 25th

  • Dr Sharad Paul: surgeon and skin cancer specialist
  • Sir John Kirwan: rugby coach, mental health and depression awareness advocate
  • Cassandra Treadwell: chief executive and founder, So They Can
  • Sir Stephen Tindall: founder, The Tindall Foundation
  • Julie Chapman: chief executive and founder, KidsCan Charitable Trust
  • Barbara Ala’alatoa: principal, Sylvia Park School
  • Roana Bennett: manager, Te Taumata o Ngati Whakaue Trust
  • Dr Susan Parry: Auckland City Hospital and Ministry of Health
  • Cynthia Ward: True Colours Children’s Health Trust
  • Judge Peter Boshier: Law Commissioner

I’d like to nominate Rawshark.   He singlehandedly managed to control the outcome of an election, he caused people to lose jobs, parties disappeared, he upended a number of journalists, caused several inquiries, court cases, an apology from the Prime Minister, and much more.

All because he broke into my computer systems and stole data.

It’s not the politicians that did it.  It’s not the media that did it.  It wasn’t Nicky Hager either.

Rawshark caused it all.

The media have made him a hero.   And he’s at large to do as he pleases.

How can we not make Rawshark New Zealander of the Year for 2014?   He started it all.  Key, Hager, Dotcom, McCarten, Harre and yes, even I, were mere puppets on his strings.

I suspect his damage is not done yet… maybe some of his media fan club might go down too.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.