MPs scoff at rankings
South Canterbury MPs do not take seriously an annual poll on their performances, which ranks Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean 5/10 and Rangitata MP Jo Goodhew 4/10.
The ninth annual roll call is judged by Trans Tasman editors and Wellington insiders.
Mrs Dean said she was grateful the judges thought she was one of the better National Party backbenchers and "again a candidate for promotion", but said she took it with a grain of salt.
"They look at us in Wellington and see part of what we do," Mrs Dean said.
Her rating, up from 4/10 last year, would not influence the way she did her job, she said.
"It's not about pleasing the Trans Tasman people. The whole point of the job I do is to do a good a job as I possibly can."
The Waitaki MP did admit it was good to receive positive comments.
"You don't want to look a gift horse in the mouth. Compliments don't come around very often, so you have to make the most of them."
Mrs Goodhew was unconcerned about dropping one point to 4/10. Some of her portfolios were described by judges as "deadly dull", which she denies.
She is minister of the community and voluntary sector, senior citizens and women's affairs. She is also associate minister of health and primary industries and said none of them was boring.
Judges wanted her to be more vocal on women's affairs and claimed she "completely missed the gender pay gap". The only praise she received was that she had handled delegated minor health issues well. "The rest is off the radar", judges said.
"I'm flying below the radar because I'm getting on with it," Mrs Goodhew said.
Finance Minister Bill English received the most kudos and was labelled politician of the year, while lowest-ranked were independent MP Brendan Horan, Labour MP Rajen Prasad and ACT leader John Banks, each on one point.
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