I wonder if someone at the Herald is going to get sack for letting this happen? The NZ Herald’s week long poll to find out who the greatest living New Zealander is, has yielded Helen Clark as the victor (with Willie Apiata coming in second). And that despite Helen Clark not even being included on the Herald’s initial profile of possible candidates! Well I think Helen Clark is an excellent choice and I thought Heather from Fairfield, Hamilton gave the most insightful reasoning why:
“I have enjoyed reading about many worthy names, great achievements and successes. For instance, I greatly admire Willy Apiata for his act of extreme bravery for which he was awarded a VC. I hope he will continue to serve NZers and others for many many years to come, and in doing so perhaps he will one day become our greatest living NZer.
But like the cheese advert that says ‘good things take time’. the single feat of conquering Everest may have propelled Sir Ed to instant fame, but it was what followed – his life time of service to others, that made him our greatest.
I therefore give my vote to Helen Clark who I think shares many of Sir Ed’s kiwi attributes and ideals. (I believe they were good friends.) Her immense contribution and committed service to NZ, and the respect and recognition she has achieved internationally, places her as our greatest living New Zealander. And like Sir Ed I imagine that for Helen, the journey will continue for many years.”
Congrats, Helen. Well deserved.