New Zealand Quote of the Year 2017 finalists announced

Political insults, the "first ladyman" and arguably the greatest Shortland St cliffhanger of all-time have made this year's New Zealand Quote of the Year final finalists.

The public now has one week to vote in Massey University's annual quote competition.

"Quotes mocking judgemental people are invariably popular," competition organiser and co-judge Dr Heather Kavan says.

"As are quotes with animal images, so it's as if Peters instinctively knew what themes to capitalise on."

The quote Dr Kava is referring to is Winston Peters' remark being insulted by Gareth Morgan is like being "ravaged by a toothless sheep".

Also on the list is the Shortland St line, "please tell me that's not your penis", referring to the storyline where teenager Harry Warner photographs his genitals for his girlfriend.

Clarke Gayford's comment he's the "first ladyman", and the "it's not gay" advertisement also made the list.

Last year Jake Bailey took the title for his rousing head boy graduation speech after he found out he had cancer.

"Here's the thing - none of us get out of life alive. So be gallant, be great, be gracious, and be grateful for the opportunities that you have," he said.

The 2017 Quote of the year finalists - in no particular order - are below.

  • "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 on his role as Jacinda Ardern's partner.
  • "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 (Michael Galvin) confronting his son about a photo, in a cliff-hanger ending.
  • "If humour is common sense dancing, John Clarke was Nureyev." Musician Don McGlashan on the death of comedian John Clarke.
  • "For overseas observers, in NZ elections, we all vote then take the ballots, chuck them out and ask a man called Winston Peters who won." Writer Ali Ikram tweeting about the 2017 election.
  • "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.