Key goes cap in hand to Aussies for wash

Last updated 11:04 24/09/2009

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Trans-Tasman relations were put to the test in New York today when Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd got up to find a queue of unwashed Kiwi's at his door, led by John Key.

The prime minister and Foreign Minister Murray McCully high tailed it to Mr Rudd's residence when the water to their hotel was cut off, affecting dozens of foreign delegations.

Mr Rudd has been staying at the Australian mission nearby.

Mr Key said he encountered Mr Rudd as he arrived on his doorstep in his jeans and tee shirt and Mr Rudd had been "very welcoming".

"As he said, it's taking the Anzac relationship to a new height."  

AAP reported that Mr Rudd joked that as the US is absorbed with its own policy debate on health reform he had had his own experience of "socialised hygiene".

"I woke up this morning at the appropriate hour before some further breakfast organised for me by staff and then, only to encounter a queue, a line of people outside my bathroom, led by the Prime Minister of New Zealand, the Foreign Minister of NZ and most of our diplomatic staff," Mr Rudd told a lunch in New York on Wednesday (NY time).

"So, if Mayor (Michael) Bloomberg is here, I would say this is an extreme way to treat our Kiwi cousins," Mr Rudd said.

"And it's not a way, as Dale Carnegie would say, to win friends and influence people."


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