John Key heading to East Asia Summit

  • 05/09/2016
John Key heading to East Asia Summit

Winston Peters has announced at the New Zealand First annual conference in Dunedin that the party is eyeing up the seats in Whangarei and Whanganui in next year's election.

There has been growing speculation that former Labour MP Shane Jones will stand for NZ First in Whangarei.

Helen Clark is in seventh place in the race for the United Nation's top job, but she's the preferred pick with UN staff.

The survey asked 1000 staff at the UN to name their top three candidates for secretary-general, with Ms Clark getting 439 mentions, ahead of Portugal's António Guterres on 381 and Costa Rican diplomat Christiana Figueres on 340.

In the official race, she placed sixth after the first poll and has dropped to seventh place in subsequent polls, and she's still got the support of Prime Minister John Key.

Meanwhile, he's off to the East Asia Summit in Laos on Tuesday night, where he will meet with Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, before he heads on to the Federated States of Micronesia for the Pacific Islands Forum.

Mr Key spoke to Paul Henry about these topics, as well as Maurice Williamson's new job in L.A and the teachers' walkout.