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Transcript 20857

Doorstop Interview, Auckland, New Zealand

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Howard, John

Period of Service: 11/03/1996 to 03/12/2007

More information about Howard, John on The National Archive website.

Release Date: 14/08/2003

Release Type: Interview

Transcript ID: 20857

PRIME MINISTER:

[tape starts].... I saw the last game in Sydney and it was a terrific match, and New Zealand outplayed Australia very plainly. They performed extremely well. It's not that our team played poorly, It's just that your team played extremely well . We hope things are different on Saturday night but I'm looking forward to it. I haven't been to a rugby match at Eden Park before. It's a very famous ground and it will be quite an experience.

JOURNALIST:

Score line prediction?

PRIME MINISTER:

No I'm not getting into that. Never write the Wallabies off though, ever.

JOURNALIST:

You're going to be sitting alongside our Prime Minister or within the vicinity. What's it going to do for diplomatic relations?

PRIME MINISTER:

It won't affect them at all. You don't allow sport to govern diplomatic relations. But we've always had a very healthy rivalry in football and New Zealand's been a remarkable rugby country given her population and I've always admired the capacity of the New Zealanders at rugby. Over the last few years we've done better. You've now produced a very strong team and you are going to be a very formidable challenge in the World Cup. But as I was saying don't write the Wallabies off, and there are all sorts of theories around about peaking too early aren't there.

JOURNALIST:

Prime Minister, how pleasing was the news on the Solomons last night?

PRIME MINISTER:

It was very good. I was very pleased about that. I think the surrender of Howard Keke is a huge step forward and a great example of the impact of the intervention and if we can continue to build on the early successes it will be a great compliment to the cooperative spirit of all of the countries of the Pacific region. Thank you.

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Transcript 20857