'Gay rainbow' 2013's top quote

  • 19/12/2013

The "gay rainbow" speech which became an international sensation after the same-sex marriage bill passed has been named the quote of the year.

MP Maurice Williamson's quote beat out competition from Lorde and Eleanor Catton to win with 38 per cent of the vote, Massey University has announced.

"One of the messages that I had was that this bill was the cause of our drought," Mr Williamson said in his speech to parliament when the gay marriage law was passed in April.

"Well, in the Pakuranga electorate this morning it was pouring with rain.

"We had the most enormous big gay rainbow across my electorate."

The quote gained 1.5m views on YouTube and was picked up by international celebrities including Stephen Fry and Ellen DeGeneres.

It's the second time in a row a political quote has won the annual contest, with National MP Paula Bennett's "Zip it, sweetie" put-down to Labour MP Jacinda Ardern, also in parliament, coming top last year.

An anonymous entry repeated on social media came in at second place with 16 per cent of the vote, and also related to a major political issue of 2013.

"The GCSB, the only government department that will actually listen to you," the quote read.

Teen pop sensation Lorde came in at third place with her quip she was "not a spreadsheet with hair", tied with NZ First MP Winston Peters.

Speech-writing specialist at Massey University Dr Heather Kavan and her judging panel selected a top ten.

The finalists were then put to a public vote which ended on Thursday.

The other contenders for quote of the year were:

  • "If there was a dickhead that night, it was me." - MP Aaron Gilmore reflecting on how he got intoxicated and called a waiter a "dickhead".
  • "Why are you going red, Prime Minister?" - Kim Dotcom at the parliamentary enquiry into the GCSB spying on New Zealand residents. "I'm not, why are you sweating?" - Mr Key's reply to Kim Dotcom.
  • "Male writers tend to get asked what they think and women what they feel." - Man Booker prize winning novelist, New Zealand's Eleanor Catton.
  • "What didn't he know and when didn't he know it?" - Winston Peters querying John Key's knowledge of the Parliamentary Services actions.
  • "In New Zealand nobody takes you seriously unless you can make them yawn." - author James McNeish
  • "That little ball of fluff you own is a natural born killer." - Gareth Morgan's Cats to Go campaign website.
  • "He's an extraordinarily lucky cat." - Massey University veterinary surgeon Dr Jonathan Bray after removing a crossbow bolt from the head of Wainuiomata cat Moomoo.


source: newshub archive