A quick quiz with the men who would be Prime Minister.
1. Tell us something about yourself that will surprise
John Key: I am very superstitious. I have lucky
cufflinks, lucky ties and say "white rabbits" three times on
the first of every month.
David Cunliffe: I like to play computer games with my
kids. My 12-year-old can now beat me at most of them.
2. What's the worst mistake you've made?
John Key: Not doing an MBA at an Ivy League
David Cunliffe: Selling the third-share I once owned
in a small fishing run about on the basis I didn't have the
time to use it. You have to make time to follow your passions
and I love getting out on the beautiful waters around the
Waitemata and the Hauraki Gulf and chucking a line out. These
days, I do it in a kayak and I have a rule: no phones. It's
liberating and relaxing.
3. Describe your opposite number in eight words.
John Key: An intelligent guy who is lacking caucus
David Cunliffe: A smiling performer dedicated to his
4. How do you think you will be remembered?
John Key: I would like to think I will be remembered
for leaving New Zealand in far better shape than I found it.
David Cunliffe: I hope it will be as a proud,
hard-working Kiwi dedicated to changing New Zealand for the
5. Complete the following: "The single best reason to vote
for my party is ... "
John Key: The single best reason to vote for National
is we have a strong plan to build a stronger economy and it
is working. Through the Global Financial Crisis and two
earthquakes we have steered New Zealand on a course of
economic recovery and growth while maintaining and increasing
essential social services.
David Cunliffe: I believe passionately that all New
Zealanders should have the opportunities to reach their full
potential, helping to make this beautiful country the
fairest, most decent society in the world. The Labour team I
lead has the values, the vision and the policies to work with
you in building a smarter economy with better jobs and higher
wages, to turn the dream of home ownership into reality once
more, to help families get the best possible start in life
and, through world-class public education and healthcare, to
recreate a more equal and inclusive society in which we can
all thrive and of which we can be truly proud.