McCaw NZ’s most trusted sportsper­son

Auckland City Harbour News - - SITUATIONS VACANT - JAMIE SMALL

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.

STEFAN WERMUTH

For­mer All Blacks cap­tain Richie McCaw after win­ning the Rugby World Cup Fi­nal against Aus­tralia in 2015.

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