New Zealand Quote of the Year 2017

Our editor Cameron Slater won the 2014 New Zealand Quote of the Year competition.

The Whale Oil blogger won the Massey University-run contest with this quote: “I play politics like Fijians play rugby. My role is smashing your face into the ground.”


He was accused of racism by Media and some left-wingers and one person in the media actually went so far as to ring the PM of Fiji to ask him what he thought of what Cam said.

Frank Bainimarama told the journalist that Cam’s quote was very funny and that his friend Cam was a Kaiviti having been born in Fiji so it wasn’t a racist quote at all.



Your choices for NZ Quote of the Year 2017 are…

“It’s deeply disappointing, but it’s not gay.”

– Actor Jatinder Singh after Nigel calls a dropped pie ?gay? in Rainbow Youth’s advertisement.

“Excuse me for laughing, but it’s been a long time since I’ve been ravaged by a toothless sheep.”

– Winston Peters on Gareth Morgan.

?This is my generation’s nuclear-free moment.?

? Jacinda Ardern on climate change.

?I?m embracing my new feather duster status.?

? Paula Bennett, ending her tenure as Deputy Prime Minister.

?First ladyman? Who knows? ?Aiming for Michelle Obama, probably gonna be a little bit closer to Prince Philip.?

? Clarke Gayford.

?I am a different shade of brown.”

? Student Jai Selkirk of the Dilworth School team winning ?Word? The Front Line Poetry Slam? competition.

“Please tell me that’s not your penis.”

? Shortland Street?s Dr Chris Warner (actor Michael Galvin) confronting his son about a photo.

?If humour is common sense dancing, John Clarke was Nureyev.?

? Don McGlashan on the death of John Clarke.

?…in NZ elections, we all vote then take the ballots?chuck them out?and ask a man called Winston Peters who won.”

? Ali Ikram.

“I’ve not seen the data about the risk factor of death by falling fatty; I’d imagine it’s similar to the risk factor of death by Sharknado.”

– Fat activist and scholar Dr Cat Pause, when asked if fat people are a hazard because they could fall on you.

You can vote for your favourite here