New Zealand Quote of the Year 2019 finalists announced

From compassion in the aftermath of tragedy, to political insults and commentary in what was arguably the best sports match of all time, have been named as New Zealand's Quote of the Year finalists.

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

"This year, the task of judging was relatively easy as several quotes were undeniably powerful and had been nominated by so many people," competition organiser Dr Heather Kavan said.

"Some people like deep and meaningful quotes while others like to scan the list for the one they find the funniest."

Deep and meaningful quotes Dr Kavan is referring to is the likes of Jacinda Arderm's remark in the wake of the Christchurch shooting, "They are us".

Also on the list is Green MP's Chloe Swarbrick's line, "OK Boomer", referring to her reply to an opposition politician -  believed to be National's Todd Muller - who disputed her claim the average age of NZ MPs is 49.

Al Noor Mosque Imam Gamal Fouda's comment, "we are broken hearted, but we are not broken" in the wake of the Christchurch shooting also made the list.

Last year Simon Bridges took the title for accidentally referring to his deputy leader Paul Bennett as "Paula Benefit", a name often used as a joke about Bennett's benefit policies.

The 2019 Quote of the Year finalists - in no particular order:

  • "Hello Brother." - Shooting victim Haji-Daoud Nabi's last words to the gunman at the Al Noor Mosque entrance. 
  • "We are broken hearted, but we are not broken." - Imam Gamal Fouda of Al Noor mosque after the Christchurch terrorist attacks.
Gamal Fouda.
Gamal Fouda. Photo credit: Newshub.

  • "They are us." - Jacinda Ardern speaking about Muslim victims of the Christchurch terrorist attack, in the aftermath of the killings.
  • New Zealand Quote of the Year 2019 finalists announced
    Photo credit: Reuters


  • "I think the doves are rising up." - Actor Lucy Lawless on the School Fight for Climate. 


  • "He's about as welcome as diarrhoea in a wetsuit in that place." - Greenpeace's Russell Norman on Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison attending the forum on climate change at Tuvalu. 
  • "There is scientific evidence that shows it makes me faster. It was done at Harvard, I think.'' - All Black Jack Goodhue on why he is keeping his mullet haircut. 
  • "We're going to a super over! You are kidding me! You are kidding me!" - Ian Smith's exuberant commentary at the Cricket World Cup final.
  • "Just imagine if Colonel Sanders gave up the first time he wanted funding for his recipe. We would not have had that succulent chicken." - Destiny Church's Hannah Tamaki when asked how her new political party would raise funds. 
  • "You can't consent to murder." - Crown Solicitor Brian Dickey summing up the Grace Millane murder case.
  • New Zealand Quote of the Year 2019 finalists announced
    Photo credit: Parliament TV


  • "OK Boomer." - Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick dismissing 51-year-old National MP Todd Muller's interruption during her climate change speech in Parliament. 

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