According to the Dominion-Post someone called Steph Dyhrberg whom I’ve never heard of, was the Wellingtonian of the Year in 2018. She was no such thing. Rather she was the fast fading Dominion Post’s Wellingtonian of the Year, a vastly different proposition. The newspaper is perfectly entitled to make such proclamations, but, subject to the qualification that these bogus awards are their pick.
Worse still is the ASB Bank which in conjunction with the Herald indulges in the arrogant practice of declaring people New Zealander of the Year. Their annointed winners always share a common characteristic, namely being individuals who in a million years wouldn’t be the public’s pick were such accolades a reality rather than a fiction and the public could vote on them.