Winston Peters. Photo by Getty
Prime Minister John Key says he would be prepared to talk
with Winston Peters about a ministerial role if the National
Party needed New Zealand First as a coalition partner after
this year's general election.
His comments follow a TV3 Reid Research poll that found a
majority of voters thought Mr Key should work with Mr Peters.
Mr Key told TV3's Firstline today something would have to be
offered if his party needed Mr Peters' support and he was
prepared to be part of a coalition government.
But he said a role such as foreign minister, which Mr Peters
took up under the Labour-led Government, was a lot of hard
"Murray McCully's out of the country far more than he's
actually in the country and that takes its toll."
Mr Peters might be more comfortable with a racing minister
role, he said.
But he said no deals were going to be set in stone this long
before the election.
"We've had one political poll and fair enough, they are what
they are, but they do move around an awful lot and when I say
that, you take very small changes and if your next research
poll has National on 45.3 and NZ First on 4 or 4.5, all the
"So we'll do a lot of second guessing between now and