Prime Minister John Key is looking forward to working
with his new Australian counterpart, Tony Abbott, following the
Conservative Party leader's election win last night.
Mr Key said in a statement he had already congratulated Mr
Abbott on his victory, and was planning to speak to him in
"I look forward to working with Australia's new Prime
Minister to build on the close unique relationship that
exists between New Zealand and Australia.
"We will have several opportunities to meet over the next few
months to discuss how our two countries can continue to work
together," Mr Key said.
Mr Abbott, whose wife Margie hails from Upper Hutt, declared
Australia under "new management" last night following
successful polling results.
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who only months ago
ousted Julia Gillard from his party's top spot, also conceded
election defeat and and vacated his party's leadership.
Mr Key said New Zealand's relationship with Australia was
"our most important".
"In the term of this new Australian Government, New Zealand
and Australia will commemorate the centenary of the First
World War and the Gallipoli landings, where the ANZAC spirit
was forged. We will also jointly host the Cricket World Cup
in 2015," he said.
Mr Abbott, a former trainee Catholic priest, boxing
enthusiast and monarchist, capitalised on the infighting that
saw Rudd oust Julia Gillard as Labor leader in June, three
years after she did the same to him.
"I declare that Australia is under new management and is once
again open for business," the jubilant 55-year-old told
cheering supporters at a luxury hotel in Sydney.
"I now look forward to forming a government that is
competent, that is trustworthy, and which purposefully and
steadfastly and methodically sets about delivering on our
commitments to you, the Australian people.
"I am both proud and humbled as I shoulder the duties of
government," he added.