Key says he will call Whale Rider star for a cuppa
Prime Minister John Key says he is going to call actor Keisha Castle-Hughes so they can have a chat about climate change over a cup of tea.
Castle-Hughes is an ambassador for a Greenpeace climate change campaign urging the Government to sign up to 40 percent emissions reductions.
Last week Mr Key was dismissive of her position,
"My advice to Keisha is this: stick to acting," Mr Key told a business gathering of 500 people in Brisbane on Tuesday.
Since then Castle-Hughes has offered to meet Mr Key to discuss her concerns, saying she knew a lot more about the issue than he gave her credit.
Today Mr Key announced New Zealand would aim to reduce emissions by between 10 percent and 20 percent on 1990 levels by 2020.
Asked if he would meet with the star of the movie Whale Rider, Mr Key said he had not called her, "but I am happy to have a cuppa with her".
Pressed about whether he would instigate the meeting, Mr Key said: "Yeah alright I will give her a ring."
If Castle-Hughes was looking for an entertaining get together, she was likely to be disappointed.
"I am happy to give her some of the reading I have been given ... wait till she reads the Treasury document she might think I have been a bit extravagant at minus 10 (percent)," Mr Key said.