Hopeful Key and Little off to Twickenham

  • 24/10/2015
Prime Minister John Key (File)
Prime Minister John Key (File)

Prime Minister John Key is on his way Marrakech, Brussels, London and Twickenham - if the All Blacks are going to be there for the Rugby World Cup final.

His official trip is nicely timed and he's hoping he'll be cheering for the All Blacks.

If they don't beat the Springboks in tomorrow's semi-final, he'll be coming home early.

Labour leader Andrew Little will also be heading for London and Twickenham after a visit to China, and he doesn't have any doubts about the All Blacks turning up.

"The Labour leader will travel to the UK to support the All Blacks at the Rugby World Cup final," said a media advisory from Mr Little's office.

He explained to reporters: "I've noticed that every time I turn the TV on to watch them their performance gets better, so I'm looking forward to a stunning performance this weekend and next weekend."

Mr Key left last night for Morocco where he'll chair a meeting in Marrakech of the executive committee of the International Democratic Union, an association of centre-right parties from 56 countries.

From there he's going to Brussels where he'll meet the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, and the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker.

Mr Key will be pushing for progress on start-up discussions about a free trade agreement with the European Union.

In London, Mr Key will have a private dinner with British Prime Minister David Cameron and an audience with Queen Elizabeth.