Here we go with this year's version and of the best and worst for 2010 on Interest.co.nz. Here is last year's version of The Interesties.
We welcome your additions in the comments.
Quote of the year: "The Fish kind of stinks from the head". This was South Canterbury Finance CEO Sandy Maier commenting on Allan Hubbard's management of South Canterbury.
Snarl of the year: Mark Hotchin when confronted by the NZHerald on the Gold Coast.
The Jane Diplock award for growing a pair after years of standing by with a puzzled look award: Jane Diplock for freezing Mark Hotchin's assets.
The hardest working man in the business of business show business: SFO CEO Adam Feeley for shaking the SFO into a frenzy of investigations, charges and press releases.
The Enza award for things going pear shaped all year long: Allied Hanover CEO Rob Alloway's rolling discovery of the mess left him by Mark Hotchin.
Most "progressive and pragmatic" central bank award: The Reserve Bank of New Zealand. This was the comment from UBS analysts when describing the bank's decision to allow New Zealand banks to issue covered bonds up to 10% of assets, ahead of the Australian regulators, who had banned them. UBS saw New Zealand as a major profit driver for the Australian banks this year.
The cheeky old bugger award for quote of the year: Allan Crafar for this comment about me in the NBR: "He had his stomach stapled, but it should have been his throat. He got it in the wrong place." (It was actually a gastric bypass, but I admire the mental image)
Best use of a Muppets picture in a story about John Key and Bill English: This story about the need for Key and English to be more curmudgeonly.
From Alex Tarrant:
Award for making a big fuss about something and then skirting any responsibility when it goes wrong (sponsored by every other city council in New Zealand): Rodney Hide. He wrote that Auckland rates should only go up 3.9% in the Super City's first year of setting them. At the moment it looks as if they'll go up 4.9% and it could have been 8%. He was disappointed as a ratepayer but wouldn't comment as Minister for Local Government. It was your baby Rodney, and it hasn't worked out like you said it should.
Twit (or is it Twat?) of the year: Tau Henare. Well done Sir for staying in touch with the virtual electorate.
Worst MP of the year whose actions are likely to put people off voting: Hmmmmm Let's just say he is now able to join the US army.
Commenter of the year on the basis of sheer volume: Close contest between Wolly and Gummy Bear Hero
Video of the year: The Bernank and the QEII. Now watched by 3.8 million.