US President Barack Obama hopes to visit New Zealand this year – just the third time in history a United States president has been here.
The visit could have been as early at February 4, for the signing of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. But Cabinet minister Simon Bridges is pouring cold water on that, saying that agreement will be signed by trade ministers, not by leaders.
Instead, it appears Obama will tack his New Zealand visit onto one of two trips to Asia: either May or September.
if President Obama does come, he could dedicate or open a US memorial at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park.