Kevin Milne

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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Paul Holmes and Kevin Milne talk about the tea tapes

Paul Holmes has a column in the NZ Herald today about the appalling media frenzy over an illegally recorded conversation between John Banks and John Key.

I don’t join lynch mobs and I don’t intend to now. For that’s what it’s been this week, a sanctimonious, high and mighty news media lynch mob baying for John Key’s blood.

…I would hold this view no matter who was talking, whether it was Phil Goff talking to the Greens or whoever. A private conversation is exactly that, private.

If John Banks had met John Key in the latter’s ninth-floor office and it was known a tape recording had been made of the meeting no one would be demanding the tape be released. It is absurd.

There is no suggestion that they were in any way conspiring to commit a crime. One or the other it is thought as I write this may have spoken derisively of the age of Winston Peters’ voters.

So what. Everyone speaks derisively of Winston Peters’ voters. We all know they’re the rump of Rob’s old mob and that Winston is their master manipulator.

This morning on NewstalkZB he talked with Kevin Milne of Fair Go fame about the same issue. Have a listen, well worth it.

NewstalkZb – Paul Holmes and Kevin Milne talk about the tea tapes by whaleoil