John Key has said the rules shouldn’t be changed as Media party and SJB pressure mounts to force changes in the rules of New Zealander of the Year.
Prime Minister John Key sympathises with the organisations running New Zealander of the Year and the difficulty awarding it to Helen Kelly posthumously.
A petition to reinstate the former union leader’s nomination is gathering pace after she received 108 of the 375 nominations for the annual accolade.
However, Kelly died of lung cancer earlier this month, aged 52, and the award isn’t given posthumously.
Key told Paul Henry it was a “tough” decision because if you give the award to someone who has already passed away, “where does that lead?” Read more »