McCaw NZ’s most trusted sportsperson
Retired All Blacks captain Richie McCaw is New Zealand’s most trusted sportsperson in 2017.
According to the latest Reader’s Digest Most Trusted People poll, 26 per cent of respondents felt McCaw was the country’s most trusted sportsperson, as he was in 2016.
Valerie Adams came second with 11 per cent of the vote and Lydia Ko was in third place with 7 per cent. Adams, a two times Olympic gold medalist for shot, put is currently pregnant with her first child.
McCaw retired from professional rugby after New Zealand’s successful 2015 Rugby World Cup campaign.
He now flies helicopters in Canterbury and even helped out with the devastating Port Hills fires in February.
Other retired personalities took out the most trusted TV presenter and politician categories.
John Campbell won the former category, despite his show Campbell Live being axed in 2015. Campbell now hosts Checkpoint on Radio New Zealand.
John Key, who stepped down from his position as Prime Minister in December, won the most trusted politician category with 25 per cent of the vote. Key is taking up a directorship with Air New Zealand from September.
Another former prime minister, Helen Clark, took second place with 15 per cent, despite not being active in New Zealand politics since 2008.
Clark headed the UN Development Programme for eight years but resigned from her post on April 19.
Third place in the politicians category went to NZ First Party leader Winston Peters with 8 per cent.
McCaw, Campbell and Key all won their respective categories in 2016 as well.
Breakfast presenter Hilary Barry, who shared the top spot with Campbell last year, has dropped to fourth place behind Peter Williams and her former cohost Paul Henry.
Sisters Jools and Lynda Topp were the most trusted entertainers collecting 10 per cent of the vote in this category.
The sisters have been performing for more than 30 years, creating comedy musical shows, country music and a documentary feature film.
Singing group Sole Mio took second place and radio and television presenter Simon Barnett was a close third.
Former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw after winning the Rugby World Cup Final against Australia in 2015.