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Kiwis Prefer to Share Wine with the PM

20 - dec - 10

Kiwis Prefer to Share Wine with the PM

The New Zealand Prime Minister is giving the celebrities of the silver screen and rugby stars a run for their money. A new survey showed that most Kiwis would like to spend the New Year’s Eve with John Key.

According to Mud House Wine Survey, an independent study, almost one in three (32%) Kiwis selected the Prime Minister as their preferred choice to share a glass of wine and a chat with. All Blacks coach Graham Henry was the next popular choice with 13% of the male vote.

Females were divided between the Prime Minister and actor Robyn Malcolm as the person they would most like to share good wine and good conversation with, while TV star Jacquie Brown was the next popular choice with 11% of the vote.

Voters were also asked who they would prefer out of New Zealand's current MPs as Prime Minister, which was no contest for Key.

Key took 56%, up 4% since September. Phil Goff was on 7%, down one, and Winston Peters was the choice of 3% of the people.


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