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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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

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