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Attack on Tamaki voted year's best quote

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 15/12/2016

Green MP Denise Roche has won the public's vote for quote of the year after saying sex could never be good or sinful enough to warrant God sending an earthquake as divine retribution.

Her quip came in response to Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki's much-panned November comments that homosexuality and "the weight of human sin" caused the Kaikoura earthquake.

Second spot in Massey University's 2016 Quote of the Year, announced on Friday, went to press secretary Rachel MacGregor for calling her former boss and Conservative Party leader Colin Craig a "douche bag" in the High Court.

Massey speech writing lecturer Dr Heather Kavan said she suspected most people voted for the quotes that made them smile.

"Denise Roche's statement was quick-witted and funny. She conveyed her point without denigrating Tamaki, in a situation that left others struggling for words," she said.

"MacGregor's quote appeals because it's raw and authentic, uttered with her back to the wall as she defended herself in the High Court."

"In two short sentences, she tells a story of disillusionment that people can relate to in different contexts."


* "Sex just can't be that good." - Green MP Denise Roche when asked about Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki's statements that homosexuality causes earthquakes

*"In the beginning I really admired Colin. It was only as time went on that I realised he was a douche bag." - Press secretary Rachel MacGregor testifying at former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig's defamation trial

* "I do name a lot of my animals as an insurance policy, because if you name a chicken Meryl Streep, in all fairness you can't eat Meryl Streep." - actor Sam Neill explaining his animals' names on The Graham Norton Show

*"You can tell that she's a negotiator. I've never won an argument with her in my life." - Dylan Kelly describing his mother, the late Union leader Helen Kelly

*"You're a clever cow to skip and dance while the land beneath you is disappearing down the hill." - Farmer Derrick Milton after helping to rescue three cows stranded by the Kaikoura earthquake

*"All I can say is that I gave it everything I had. I left nothing in the tank." - Prime Minister John Key announcing his sudden resignation

* "If Americans were given a choice, they would have a gun on their flag." - Comedian Matt Stellingwerf at the Billy T. James 2016 Stand up Comedy Awards

*"I may be short, Mr Brownlee, but at least I could sing." - 1960s rockstar Ray Columbus' response to Gerry Brownlee's criticism of him, to be printed after Columbus' death, quoted by Vicki Anderson.

* "You want a nose job? Well I'm going to give you one." - Bella Henry before fighting Naz Khanjani from The Bachelor in the ring

*"A haka would have provoked them, they wouldn't understand what it means, and these guys are looking at any reason to take a shot at us." - Kiwi Kereama Te Ua after delivering a haka during protests against the Dakota Access pipeline at Standing Rock

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