Shadbolt is most trusted mayor - poll
Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt has been named the most trusted mayor in New Zealand.
And his humorous reaction to the news yesterday was perhaps one of the reasons why he topped the list.
"Oh my god, another cross to bear," Shadbolt said when told a 2013 Readers Digest poll had named him the most trusted mayor in the country.
"If I am the most trusted politician in New Zealand, I would hate to think what all the others are like."
Shadbolt agreed his humour could be a factor in him consistently getting on to the list of the 100 most trusted New Zealanders.
His transparency and engagement with the public through the media and books he had written, and his presence in numerous television shows and movies were also likely to be contributing factors, he said.
"I think humour has a lot to do with it. I think I really cheer people up."
The most trusted New Zealander on the list was rugby stalwart Sir John Kirwan.
Shadbolt has consistently made the top 100 list over the years, including being named the most trusted politician on other occasions.
Parker topped him last year, at a time when he was in the headlines after the Christchurch earthquakes.
Shadbolt suggested their positions on the most trusted list had been reversed this year because the Christchurch rebuild had been grindingly slow and people were still living in garages.
A top 50 list of the most trusted professions was headed by paramedics, with politicians coming in at a lowly number 46, one ahead of sex workers.
A Readers Digest spokeswoman said the lists were compiled by an independent market research company that did two surveys.
The first survey determined who had caught the public imagination in the last year. The second survey rated how the top 100 were trusted on a scale of one-to-10.
- The Southland Times