“We fully understand that New Zealand is not looking to go backward to re-create a relationship of the past,” he said, “but to re-create a strong, multi-faceted, multi-dimensional relationship for the 21st century.
“This is pretty much the model of how we want to do business. I think we have about as close a relationship as two countries can have now.”
“I see President Obama regularly in meetings and I see the leaders that he is attracted to and he has to deal with a huge number of people.
“The truth is there are three or four leaders in Asia that he [strongly] respects and kind of listens to when they talk.
“It’s Prime Minister Lee in Singapore, it’s Prime Minister Najib in Malaysia, SBY (Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono) in Indonesia, Lee Myung-bak in South Korea but Prime Minister Key is in that list.”
A long way removed from when the previous Prime Minister had to do a written apology to the US President for her comments!