Playing politics like Fiji plays rugby (reminder)

fiji-tackle-danie-rossouwIn case you missed it a few days ago:

It’s the silly season.  Best MP, worst dress, most awesome pie.  I mean, whatever.

Massey Uni want to know “the Best Quote”

The utterances of politicians and bloggers caught up in the 2014 election campaign dominate public voting opportunities in Massey University’s 2014 New Zealand quote of the year competition.

Former Labour Party leader David Cunliffe’s apology for being a man, and an emotional tirade by Internet Party press secretary Pam Corkery feature in the top 10 quote competition.

In her outburst Corkery described journalists during the 2014 election campaign as being “glovepuppets of blogger Cameron Slater.”

Slater makes the list for his statement that he plays politics like Fijians play rugby. 

Last year’s winner was then-Cabinet Minister Maurice Williamson for his “most enormous big gay rainbow” quote during a speech in Parliament supporting the gay marriage law.

The 10 shortlisted one-liners for the 2014 New Zealand Quote of the Year competition [were selected] by Massey speech writing specialist Dr Heather Kavan.

If you feel like putting your vote in, you can do it here.


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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.