Prime Minister John Key won't predict the outcome of the US presidential election, saying he has to work with whoever wins.
Lastest polls are showing Hillary Clinton with a slender lead over Donald Trump, but Mr Key wouldn't be drawn when he was questioned by media at his post-cabinet press conference on Monday.
"I don't get a vote, I have to work with whoever the next president is," he said.
"Obviously we would like to advance some things the government passionately believes in, and they include trade, economic liberalisation and globalisation."
Mr Key says whoever wins, he hopes the relationship will continue to go from strength to strength.
"I don't spend a lot of time thinking about it, I take it all with a grain of salt when you have elections, particularly quite ferocious ones," he said.
"I'm not saying I don't believe what they're saying but ultimately you still have to navigate through Congress and the Senate."
The US votes on November 8 and the results are expected to start coming through on Wednesday afternoon New Zealand time.