The Reader's Digest Most Trusted People 2013 was released yesterday, with Dame Susan ranked 17th.
At the top were John Kirwan, Willie Apiata, Richie McCaw, Alison Holst and Judy Bailey.
Dame Susan was pleasantly surprised by her ranking.
"It's an honour to be included with people who in their own way have the country's interests at heart. In terms of how I feel about the ranking, a lot of it has to do with your job. If that job has a public profile then that is a factor," she said. "In terms of trust, well if it shows the trust that has been placed in me, I hope people know I'll be working hard to repay that trust."
She was happy to be on the list, but it should not be taken too seriously: "They're a bit of fun and should be taken that way and with a grain of salt."
Her husband, John Oakley, told the Bay of Plenty Times he was proud of his wife for being recognised as trustworthy.
"I think being the 17th most-trusted New Zealander is a nice reflection of what the public perceives to be Susan's trustworthiness. It's a matter of interest as to what the public perception of well-known people's level of trustworthiness is."
Tauranga Region Multicultural Council president Ewa Fenn said 17th was a great result, especially as Dame Susan was new to the role: "She's just got the job ... she hasn't yet had time to prove her worth. I hope she goes up next year once she's had more chance to show her opinions."
Mrs Fenn said the council was looking forward to meeting Dame Susan on July 3 as she came to have a look through the office to see what the council was involved with.
"We're very proud of her, both because she's local and because she's the first woman to get the job."
Almost half of the top 20 were sports heroes, including Sir Peter Snell, 7th, Sarah Ulmer, 10th, Valerie Adams, 12th, and All Black Dan Carter, 13th.
The survey was carried out in two parts, more than 600 people voting in each section.
The first part determined which New Zealanders had caught the public's imagination in the past year to create a list of the top 100. The second part involved rating each person on the list out of 10 to determine rankings.
Dame Susan Devoy
Won the Squash World Open four times.
Won the British Open eight times.
In 1998, she was the youngest New Zealander since Sir Edmund Hillary to receive a knighthood.
Walked the length of New Zealand and raised $500,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, of which she is NZ patron.
Named race relations commissioner.Race relations commissioner and Tauranga local Dame Susan Devoy has been ranked among New Zealand's most trusted people.