Prime Minister John Key has caught up with his predecessor Helen Clark in New York - and the talk was all about how they are on the same side these days.
Clark and Key shooed out the bevvy of officials who crammed in her United Nations Development Programme office when Key called on her today, and there was a private tete-a-tete between herself, Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully and New Zealand's Ambassador to the UN, Jim McLay.
Clark said they chewed the fat on a few issues, including New Zealand's bid for a seat on the Security Council - which she has described as a "David and Goliath" battle.
But the memory of the old rivalries were revived when Clark was asked about Labour's fortunes under new leader David Cunliffe.
"It enlivens the contest," she said.
"Also as prime minister I went through probably about five years where the opposition didn't have its act together, and you can cruise along....and you know sometimes people get their act together so it's become more lively.
"I'm just saying it's a new dynamic; when Don Brash became the leader it was a new dynamic and he ran me very close, very close."
Key was not quite as gung ho about the way Cunliffe had enlivened the political scene, especially after a new poll showing Labour is up.
It was, he said, a lot more fun when he got to cruise and Labour had not got its act together.
Key also plans to catch up with former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard while he is in New York. The pair struck up a friendship when Gillard was in office and they got in touch by text when they discovered they would both be in New York at the same time.
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