The media in their usual slap-dash manner have all reported Microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles as the New Zealander of the Year.
She is no such thing.
Our smallest trading bank has made that declaration and has no more legitimacy to do so than Joe’s Patea Piecart.
This is not a criticism of Dr Wiles.
Having a New Zealander of the Year is a nice idea but it should be an accolade chosen by a committee of notables and carry government sanction. And like the Honours system it should be open to public suggestions.