Epsom could get a 'cup of tea' with Key

AIMEE GULLIVER
Last updated 17:19 13/08/2014

Relevant offers

Politics

Ministers happy to grin from the sideline as the real stars of the show visit Former spy paid to infiltrate Greenpeace and unions Next stage in State house sell-off to get underway in Tauranga, Invercargill Protection orders should have an expiry date - MPs Hamilton City Council says 'no thanks' to online voting trial Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail to be completed with almost $1 million in funding Government push ahead with mixed governance for Environment Canterbury Lawyers and human rights advocates fear secret courts Domestic violence courts could be part of shake-up Nanaia Mahuta: Queen or casualty as Labour revamps its lineup?

A cup of tea-style appearance in Epsom isn't off the cards yet, but this one won't involve Earl Grey, Prime Minister John Key says.

The cup of tea refers to the infamous meeting between Key and ACT candidate John Banks at an Auckland cafe before the 2011 election.

Key told Epsom voters he would "not be unhappy" if they voted tactically and backed Banks.

The same deal is in place for this election - Key has endorsed ACT candidate David Seymour for the seat.

Responding to a poll which showed National was leading in Epsom, Key said he would not rule out a symbolic gesture showing National supported voters giving their electorate vote to ACT and their party vote to National.

He had never seen a poll that had ACT winning the Epsom electorate, but the party had won it in the last three elections, he said.

As the election date got closer, voters would be more attentive to the message National was trying to get across, he said.

The process would be left to run, and the need for a joint media appearance with Seymour would be assessed over time.

"The truth is that we haven't formally launched our campaign yet, there's a lot of New Zealanders that will be starting to warm up to the election process and there'll still be quite a big group of New Zealanders who are undecided about who they will vote for," Key said.

Seymour was working hard in the electorate and getting better known, he added.

Ad Feedback

- Fairfax Media

Comments

Special offers
Opinion poll

Should the speed limit be raised to 110kmh on some roads?

Yes

No

Vote Result

Related story: 110kmh limit moves closer

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content