COMMENT:

A hundred years since his birth and Ed Hillary still has no credible competitor for the title of greatest New Zealander in the hearts and minds of the population.

There have been New Zealanders who have had more impact on this country and the rest of the world, such as Beatrice Tinsley, who worked out how to tell the life stories of galaxies.

Or Colin Murdoch whose invention of the disposable syringe has saved millions of lives. Or Sir Apirana Ngata, who did so much to inspire the revival of Maori culture and whom Ed's fellow adventurer Graham Dingle

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