US Secretary of State John Kerry heading to Antarctica for election
US Secretary of State John Kerry prefers ice with his elections.
Kerry arrives in Christchurch on Wednesday evening and will fly to Antarctica on Thursday, returning to Christchurch on Saturday.
By the time he departs for the ice for a visit to McMurdo Station, the much-awaited election result in the United States should be known.
Not that Kerry will be providing any commentary for the media.
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Journalists will not be allowed near him until he returns on Saturday when, according to his handlers, he may meet briefly with the media.
Kerry will fly to Wellington on Saturday evening and the following morning meet with Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully and then with Prime Minister John Key for a bilateral sit-down.
Later Kerry will lay a wreath at the National War Memorial at Pukeahu National War Memorial and unveil a plaque at the site for a future US War Memorial at the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park.
Kerry, who contested the American presidential election in 2004, losing to George W Bush, departs later on Sunday afternoon.
He became chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 2009 and was nominated by President Barack Obama to succeed outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on January 29, 2013.
McMurdo Station is a US research centre on the south tip of Ross Island, in the New Zealand-claimed Ross Dependency on the shore of McMurdo Sound. It is operated by the National Science Foundation.
The station can support up to 1200 residents and serves as one of three United States Antarctic science facilities.