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Red Peak, ISIL, TPP top topics for Prime Minister

Sep 22nd, 2015 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

John Key

Prime Minister John Key, who heads off to the United Nations General Assembly next week

THE PRIME MINISTER is leaving the door open for the Red Peak flag design.

He told journalists at his weekly press conference yesterday there is still an opportunity for the Red Peak design to be included in the flag referendum.

The design has received public backing with 50,000 people signing a petition to have it included in the referendum.

“If other political parties felt really strongly about change, like adding another flag or proposing to drop one of the other flags to stop the need for legislation, we are genuinely open to that,” he says.


Journalists attending the regular Monday afternoon meeting with the Prime Minister also asked him what he sees as the biggest worry in the next 12 months.

The Prime Minister told them it is the threat of ISIL.

“If you look at the Syrian crisis, you can trace a fair bit to ISIL. You’ve got a very delicate situation in the Middle East and you can never be 100 percent sure how that’s all going to play out.”

“ISIL is a global threat and requires an international response,” he says.

However, he says he will not increase New Zealand’s involvement in the Middle East.


Meanwhile, Mr Key will be heading to the United Nations General Assembly in New York next week.

This is his first visit to the United Nations since New Zealand’s election to the UN Security Council.

“The presence of so many world leaders will provide an opportunity to discuss with them New Zealand’s Security Council priorities as well as other issues including the TPP negotiations,” he says.

The Prime Minister says he’s hoping to see American President Barack Obama at the cocktail party where he will grab the opportunity to bring up the TPP negotiations.

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