John Key turns down Winston Peters' challenge to find a photo of him fishing in Northland

NZ First leader Winston Peters says John Key needs to stop talking "blatant untruths''.
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NZ First leader Winston Peters says John Key needs to stop talking "blatant untruths''.

Prime Minister John Key has declined to take up a $100,000 challenge from NZ First leader Winston Peters to find a photo of him fishing in Northland.

During Question Time on Wednesday Peters was questioning Key about the Northland Economic Development report and the Prime Minister responded: "I dare say that Minister (Steven) Joyce now knows more about Northland than the member does. In actually having been there once this year, he has probably been there more than the member has."

Peters was quick to respond that he had spent more time in Northland in the last nine months than Key had spent in his electorate, Helensville.

In response, Key fired back, "not if you count time in your electorate being on a boat, fishing".

Peters threw a challenge to Key to find a photo of him fishing on his boat in Northland - if he did, Peters would cough up $100,000 for charity.

"There's plenty of pictures of Winston on boats out there, just maybe not his boat," Key said on Thursday.

Peters says Key should apologise, "pay $100,000 to a Northland charity of my choosing, and stop wasting Parliament's Question Time with such blatant untruths."

- An earlier version of this story incorrectly said John Key had accepted Winston Peters' challenge. The error is regretted.

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