Key expects 'robust' talk with Trump

  • 15/11/2016
US president-elect Donald Trump (AAP)
US president-elect Donald Trump (AAP)

Prime Minister John Key says he's going to raise the Trans-Pacific Partnership during his first phone conservation with US president-elect Donald Trump.

Mr Trump is vehemently opposed to the free trade agreement, which the Government strongly supports and wants the US to ratify.

Mr Key missed a call from Mr Trump on Monday during the chaotic aftermath of the Kaikoura earthquake.

He says another is being set up for Wednesday or Thursday.

"Certainly on the call I will be raising that I think the US should be progressing the TPP," he told reporters on Tuesday.

"You've got to have a healthy, robust conversation on these things but overall I think it will be fine.

"As I've so often said, my responsibility is to have the best relationship I can to advance New Zealand's interests."