John Key, we've got some questions

Last updated 13:23 20/12/2012

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He's got time to dance "gangnam style" and perform a mock gay marriage, but Prime Minister John Key isn't keen on answering questions about Hekia Parata.

Key has refused to front for a second day in a row on questions about the Education Minister.

Key would not answer questions yesterday and would only issue a statement through his spokeswoman that he had "complete confidence'' in Parata's handling of the debacle in education, which yesterday resulted in Education Secretary Lesley Longstone resigning after just a year in the job.

He remained unavailable today, according to his office.

But earlier yesterday Key was still making public appearances, including on The Rock radio show where he performed a "mock gay marriage" ceremony with a male radio host. The pair are recorded giving their vows before Key slaps the presenter on the backside.

He also danced "gangnam style" on another radio show earlier this week.

Parata has also refused to front for questions and has apparently gone on holiday.

Key is due to fly out of New Zealand this evening for Hawaii.


* Is it fair to make Longstone the scape goat for the errors in education?

* Do you believe Parata handled her relationship with Longstone appropriately?

* Shouldn't Parata accept some responsibility for policy decisions, such as class sizes, which contributed to Longstone's position becoming unsustainable?

* Are you confident that by her own actions or omissions, including ignoring advice from her officials, Parata did not make the situation worse?

* Will you replace Parata as Minister of Education in your upcoming Cabinet reshuffle?

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