Top 10 New Zealand Quotes – 2012

  1. zip it sweetieZip it sweetie. Zip it, sweetie.  (Paula Bennett to Jacinda Ardern in Parliament.)
  2. I just want to emphasise that it is not our best guess, it's just a guess.  (Bill English estimating the financial value of selling state assets.)
  3. Oh f...k!  I can’t afford that.  (Ewen Gilmour after his doctor told him he was going to live for another 40 years.
  4. I don't remember. (John Banks’ response when asked about his helicopter ride to Dotcom's mansion.
  5. You think I came up the river on a cabbage boat.  (John Banks responding to media questions about Dotcom.) 
  6. Who needs to be able to quote Shakespeare if you can play rugby?  (17-year-old Joshua Iosefo on Campbell Live giving his Mt Roskill Grammar School speech.)
  7. >Nonu, Nonu, Nonu, boom! (Actor Byron Coll as an overly familiar fan greeting Ma’a Nonu in the Mastercard All Blacks advertisement.)
  8. New Zealand’s got some great brains out there and most of them are kids.  (Luke Nola accepting the New Zealand Television Award for Best Children’s/Youth programme.)
  9. Your dish was a car crash but all of the occupants survived.  (Josh Emett judging on Masterchef New Zealand.) 
  10. I come to Wellington and I'm scared to be here.  (Bob Parker speaking to an emergency management conference in Wellington about the state of Wellington buildings.)


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