Late Sir Edmund Hillary still tops ‘greatest living New Zealander’ poll!

September 28th, 2009 - 1:39 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, September 28 (ANI): Explorer and mountain climber Sir Edmund Hillary might have died more than 18 months ago, but he has still topped a list of the greatest living New Zealander.

Officially, according to the Research New Zealand poll, former prime minister Helen Clark topped the list of 500 people, followed by All Black legend Sir Colin Meads and Olympic triple gold medallist Sir Peter Snell.

Commissioned by One News, the poll saw the surveyors clearly asking people who they thought was the greatest living New Zealander.

Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to climb Mt. Everest still recorded by far the most votes, reports the Daily Telegraph.

Throwing light on why his name still featured in the poll, Victoria University psychology lecturer Matt Crawford said that many people were so used to thinking of Sir Ed as the greatest living New Zealander that his name came to mind very quickly. (ANI)

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