Oceania Briefing — Global


Kiwi PM John Key gets foot-in-mouth disease and Fiji puts up a fight against Rupert Murdoch

Dr Steven Ratuva, Fiji Times, John Key, Mining, Tari Bunia Bank

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New Zealand [POLITICS]

Thanks to his common touch, New Zealand prime minister John Key has had record high approval ratings since his election in November 2008. Despite the country’s sluggish ­recovery from recession and some controversial policies, his National Party’s ratings have only just dipped below 50 per cent.

He might be one of the world’s richest politicians, valued at NZ$50m (€27m) after a career as a currency trader in London and New York, but his full-on Antipodean vowels have endeared him to voters – as has what has been…


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