Prime Minister John Key has taken ill soon after arriving in
New York, having to rest in a nearby pub for a while when
walking up to his first engagement at the United Nations.
Mr Key had just spoken to media, and was walking up to the
He needed to lean against a wall for a few minutes before
going into a pub. He spent about five minutes in the pub
before emerging, looking very pale.
He has gone on to the state luncheon hosted by UN Secretary
Ban ki-Moon but may leave if he feels too ill.
Mr Key has spent the past week travelling in Europe, and had
arrived off the 8 hour flight from Paris about two hours
before he fell ill.
Mr Key has more than 50 engagements over the next four days,
as he tries to secure support for New Zealand's bid for a
seat on the Security Council.
In January Mr Key was taken to hospital after fainting in
front of a full restaurant in Christchurch.
A spokeswoman later said the Prime Minister couldn't specify
a reason for his faint, "but sometimes these things just
- Claire Trevett, New Zealand Herald