Guess who won Massey University’s Quote of the Year competition?

Massey University held its usual Quote of the Year competition recently, and one of my quotes from the election campaign and Dirty Politics was a finalist.

The finalist quotes were:

I’m sorry for being a man. (David Cunliffe’s unusual apology at Labour’s domestic violence policy launch at a Women’s Refuge forum)

We think it’s, um, pretty legal. (Steven Joyce asked by reporters about the use of a song for the National election campaign that sounded very similar to one by Eminen)

You work in news you puffed up little shit!…When will you glove puppets of Cameron Slater just piss off? (Internet Party press secretary Pam Corkery at a campaign event, when the media kept asking for an interview with Kim Dotcom)

It was all steam and no hangi. (Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis describing Internet-Mana after it failed to deliver on the hype on election day)

He could probably survive shooting little kittens in his garden with a shotgun. (Kim Dotcom on how little impact Dirty Politics had on Prime Minister John Key’s approval ratings.

I play politics like Fijians play rugby. My role is smashing your face into the ground. (Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater after Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics was released)

I did not have textual relations with that blogger. (Spoof of John Key’s initial denial that he had received texts from Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater tweeted by Lloyd Burr of RadioLive)

It terrifies me how much of our economy is stuck inside a dairy cow. (Comedian Te Radar talking to farmers at Fieldays)

Get past the breath-taking PR snow job. (Former CERA communications adviser Tina Nixon describing the press conference to announce the resignation of chief executive Roger Sutton after a sexual harassment complaint)

No more beersies for you. (Tagline in this year’s Health Promotion Agency advertising campaign to reduce harmful alcohol consumption.)

Guess which quote has won.  

Whale Oil Blogger Cameron Slater Portrait Session

The election and Dirty Politics dominated Massey University’s 2014 Quote of the Year competition – and a quote from the man at the centre of the storm has been voted this year’s most memorable.

Controversial blogger Cameron Slater garnered 21 per cent of the 4,197 votes cast to take out the competition with: “I play politics like Fijians play rugby. My role is smashing your face into the ground.”

Massey University speech writing specialist Dr Heather Kavan, who runs the annual competition, says it’s not surprising that Mr Slater has remained top of mind after this year’s bruising election campaign.

“We’ve seen in previous years that contentious quotes can be popular,” she says. “But this year the results have been more unpredictable than usual, with quotes emerging from the election in the top four, slugging it out for weeks.

“In the last days before the poll closed, almost 40 per cent of the votes were split between two quotes that referred to Cameron Slater – Pam Corkery’s one and Slater’s own. This isn’t altogether surprising – Slater is a colourful and controversial New Zealander who seems to like bold declarative sentences, and neither he nor Corkery are known for their reticence.”

Dr Kavan says that unlike last year’s winner, MP Maurice William’s famous gay rainbow speech, this year’s list had less inspirational rhetoric. It’s the political insults and gaffes that have stuck in people’s minds.

It has been total pwnage this year awards wise, and for that I have to thank my wonderful army of loyal readers.

Now to celebrate let’s enjoy some Fijian Rugby.


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  • Justsayn

    Smashed ’em bro.

  • Kopua Cowboy

    I’d have compared WhaleOils politics to Lomu against the French

  • Whitey

    Well done Cam! A well deserved win.

  • BW_Lord

    Well done Cam and Oilers, laughing all the way …

  • Doug

    Well done Whale, just shows da boss.

  • Isherman

    Whaaaat?, get out..thats awsome. The only down side is that now I’ll have to keep an eye on the mutterings of Tiso, Wrongly etc for the next day or so, just to see them erupt into fits of rage, which in turn will make me smile.
    edit sp.

  • ozbob68

    Now for the World Cup of Politics next year. Go Team WhaleOil!

  • Reid

    But will they learn? No, the idiots will just keep doing the same thing, only next year, even harder. Which makes them what?

    Galloping mentals at full roar. Don’t know about you guys but I’m having a great time watching the lefty politicians and media destroy themselves all on their own, for no reason at all, other than they’re lefties and they evidently just can’t help it.

  • Nige.

    Heh. Funny how the most honest one is the winner.

    • James M

      I don’t know, I think Cunliffe is genuinely sorry that he’s a man.

  • Radiodog

    Fijian rugby……keeping hospitals busy since 1899……
    Good stuff Cam.

  • Cadwallader

    Well done Well deserved.Perfect.
    I think KDC’s quote was the most honest utterance from his shabby party since its inception.

  • jude

    It is hilarious that the left wing just don’t see how unpopular they are!
    It must just make them quite bitter that Cam and Whale oil show that they are popular amongst people bothered to vote, either via internet or on election day for the Nats.
    Well done Whale oil and Cam:)

  • Jp

    Will Tiso and Bradbury call for a boycott of Massey Uni since you won another award?

    • Albert Root

      Given this ‘surprising’ result, I can guarantee that Dr Bryce Edwards won’t be running a similar competition on behalf of Otago Uni. Unless he’s in a position to tweak the results, for scientific purposes of course.

  • rangitoto

    Good on ya whale. I thought that Kelvin Davis’ “It was all steam and no hangi” is worth an honourable mention too.

  • conwaycaptain

    We are the Whale Army
    Marching as to war
    With the scalps of Lefties
    Trailing in our wake!!!

  • Well done, what a hoot. I don’t follow rugby but that clip was fantastic.

  • All_on_Red

    Congrats on the win. All publicity is good etc. My 9 yo plays touch. He couldn’t believe his eyes watching that! Thanks

  • Captain Darling

    Expect some angry tweets about this from the angry leftie twitterati.


    As long as part of the WO community is ‘block voting’ it will be hard not to win this type of competitions…good fun anyway.

  • KGB

    Well done Cam another trophy for the shelf:)
    The funny thing is that the only person on that list who would be proud of ‘winning’ is Cam.

  • Mine it,Drill it,Sell it.

    I remember a the time when you made this quote and Rachel Smelly was
    horrified.Maybe now you have been voted best quote she maybe inspired to
    send you a Christmas card wishing you and your family a Merry

  • BlitzkriegNZ

    Cam needs to buy a nice black leather paddle, his hand must be so sore after giving the left such a good spanking all year!

  • burns_well_eh

    Very surprised Katie Bradford’s quote, mentioned elsewhere today, that “No matter what we talk about etc, there’s no shift in the polls” or similar.

    Surprised in a Tui Ad kind of way, that is.

  • Aucky

    I’m surprised that Smalley’s comments about heifers & lardos didn’t make the cut. She may well not have intended to broadcast her views about NZ women to the nation but it happened and the comment still occupies over a page of entries on Google (they aren’t going away in a hurry Rachel).

    • Isherman

      Good point, and it could have been considered for inclusion if you take the point of view that the MSM seem to think private comments and discussions are fine to publish, so the university could argue they represent an acceptable media practice where nothing is sacred. See how they like it when its their dirty laundry put up for consideration.

  • Aucky

    Wouldn’t it be great if WOBH ran a ‘comment of the year’ survey next year.

  • spanishbride

    I went shopping.

    • Wendy


      I think a range of tee shirts like this featuring topical themes (and there are heaps of them) would be a great idea.

      I have an account with Zazzle and Id be happy to get them made and administer it all.

      • Isherman

        I’d be in for a “Go fly a kite” one.

  • david

    Who chose the quotes to be entered?

  • david

    Most impressive is that cam is mentioned in or responsible for 4 out of the 10 quotes

  • 1951

    The mutton/lamb was even better ;)