Jim Hickey

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Jim Hickey read the weather for the first time in 1988

Fans of veteran weather presenter Jim Hickey have paid tribute to the man who has beamed into their living rooms for more than 20 years…

Hundreds of well-wishers have left messages on the ONE News Facebook page for Jim…

“Thank You Jim for all the great memories, and all the very best for the future you will be sadly missed,” Paul Axon wrote.

“The best weather man ever! We’ll miss you! Happy retirement!” Kylie Brown said.

“You’re the best Jim. The nation loves you. Now I’ll have to put up with years of dissatisfaction from my partner who thinks you’re the best weather reporter in the universe (I also agree). No one compares! Will miss your charisma, energy, punchy weather facts & shiney face it’s been a pleasure watching you return and sad to see you leave yet again,” Laura Drummond said.

“Hey Jim. You made the weather look great regardless of how bad it was. We will miss your funny puns and sayings. Enjoy your ‘retirement'”. Nadine Dornbusch said.

“Thank you for 26 years of our weather Jim. And you’re still good looking even now lol. Hope you enjoy your retirement,” Christina Olsen said.

“Ah Jim, you were the one who made the weather interesting and fun. Those that are coming after you have big shoes to fill. All the best. We will miss you,” Jeannette Mackenzie said.
-TVNZ

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Who will replace Jim Hickey as the “funny man”? Throng has an idea

Remember TV3’s??”Jim Hickey is a funny man, but Augie Auer??is a meteorologist”? ? Well, it’s taken a while, but Augie?has finally claimed his scalp

The Diary has let the cat out of the bag, spoiling Jim Hickey?s chance at telling his avid fans he is retiring from TVNZ.

Popular weather presenter Jim Hickey is retiring from his longtime post with One News. The 65-year-old quietly told TVNZ staff this week and an official announcement is expected on air one night next week at the end of the news bulletin.

The Diary has learned Hickey will remain on air for a while, but will retire to his home in Taranaki to run the Airspresso cafes he co-owns at New Plymouth and Queenstown airports.

He was reluctant to discuss his departure yesterday. ?Leaving TVNZ? No, don?t know what you?re talking about,? Hickey deadpanned.

But plans are being made for him to announce the news on air next week. Read more »

Oh dear, look who is at the bottom of the list

Readers Digest has released their “Most Trusted” list of Kiwis…and predictably Willie Apiata is at the top of the list.

Politicians are as trustworthy as sex workers and Willie Apiata, VC, is – again – the most trusted of all New Zealanders, according to an annual survey on the country’s most trusted people and professions.

The 10th annual New Zealand Reader’s Digest Trust Survey revealed a skew towards sports stars and emergency service workers as those whom Kiwis put the most faith in.

Mr Apiata took out the top spot as the most trusted of 100 well-known Kiwis, followed by Northland doctor and champion of Maori health care Lance O’Sullivan and All Blacks captain Richie McCaw.

But look who is at the bottom of the list:

99. Kim Dotcom, internet entrepreneur
100. Hone Harawira, Mana Party leader

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Labour’s LGBT quota being filled fast, Tamati Coffey selected in Rotorua

Tamati Coffey has been selected to stand for Labour in Rotorua.

I don’t think Todd McClay will be losing any sleep…unless Tamati Coffey heads down to the local pig hunters club and enters all the competitions and get heaps of photos proving he is a rough and tumble kiwi bloke interested in hunting pigs, the bush and swannies.

Tamati Coffey has officially been selected as the Labour Party candidate for Rotorua.

Speaking just after the voting at this morning’s selection meeting Coffey said he was elated to have secured the bid to challenge National’s Todd McClay for the role of Rotorua MP.

”It’s been a good open democratic process. I’ve had to fight for it, it’s not been something that’s been handed to me,” he said.

”I’ve had to fight for it but I can actually stand here now and say I was triumphant. I’m the Rotorua Labour candidate and I can say it with confidence.”

Coffey said it had been a tough process to secure the nomination ahead of rivals Dr Angela Sharples and Hugh Kininmonth,and acknowledged that the real work would begin now.

”I was saying to the members I feel a bit like a pit bull that’s been kept in a cage for too long. I need to get out because we’ve got a big job ahead.”? Read more »

Looks like Kiwis aren’t so dumb after all

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Kim Dotcom, watched on by his PR minder David Fisher, sheds a tear after NZ trustworthy stakes released

I wonder if David Fisher, Shayne Currie and the other mongs at the Herald are regretting turning their newspaper into a Kim Dotcom PR rag?

They should because despite their best PR efforts Kim Dotcom ranks very lowly indeed with Kiwis in trustworthy stakes…coming in at 98 out of a 100.? Read more »