Teen in quote of year fi­nal

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A stereo­type-chal­leng­ing speech by a Mt Roskill teen has seen him as a fi­nal­ist in Massey Univer­sity’s Quote of the Year com­pe­ti­tion.

Ear­lier this year Joshua Isoefo gave an in­spir­ing speech to his peers called ‘Brown Brother’. It en­cour­aged Pasi­fika youth to break the mould.

The speech by the Mt Roskill Gram­mar pre­fect ended up on YouTube where it gar­nered the at­ten­tion of tele­vi­sion show Camp­bell Live.

The rhetor­i­cal ques­tion ‘‘Who needs to be able to quote Shake­speare if you can play rugby?’’ cap­tured the at­ten­tion of the na­tion and landed the 17-yearold on the list of top quotes.

The com­pe­ti­tion is or­gan­ised by Heather Kavan, a speech-writ­ing spe­cial­ist at Massey Univer­sity’s School of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Jour­nal­ism and Mar­ket­ing.

Dr Kavan and her judg­ing panel nar­rowed down the fi­nal­ists from dozens of en­tries.

She says the best quotes are of­ten short and are fun to say in dif­fer­ent con­texts.

‘‘We chose what we thought were the most mem­o­rable ones.

‘‘While de­liv­ery wasn’t crit­i­cal, it in­evitably in­flu­enced our de­ci­sion,’’ she says.

Other fi­nal­ists in­cluded ACT leader John Bank’s ‘‘I did not come up the river on a cab­bage boat,’’ and ‘‘your dish was a car crash but all of the oc­cu­pants sur­vived’’, from MasterChef judge Josh Emett.

Peo­ple were in­vited to vote on their favourite quote and the win­ner will be an­nounced to­day.

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