PM faints on eve of Antarctica visit

John Key collapsed in Christchurch

Free audio stream, including stories that are padlocked on our site. Listen on any device, anywhere. Updated twice daily. The audio stream takes several seconds to start on Android devices.

Launch Radio player

Prime Minister John Key fainted in Christchurch last night but has been cleared to fly to Antarctica today.

Mr Key collapsed after eating dinner at Italian restaurant Tutto Bene and was taken to hospital in a police car, where he was assessed by three specialists for about two and a half hours, a spokeswoman has confirmed. 

The specialists decided he was still fit to travel to Antarctica this morning, although they do not know what caused Mr Key to faint. 

The spokeswoman said she did not know if the prime minister had fainted before. 

The flight to Antarctica was initially due to leave at six o'clock last night, but was delayed because of weather conditions on the icy continent. 

During the three-day trip Mr Key will stay at Scott Base and be briefed on a number of research projects, as well as travelling to the South Pole. 


This article is tagged with the following keywords. Find out more about MyNBR Tags

Post Comment

26 Comments & Questions

Commenter icon key: Subscriber Verified

Sorry to hear. Hope you are OK. All the best and enjoy the trip.

Reply
Share
  • 0
  • 0

Someone told him Kim Dotcom was serving up gelato.

Reply
Share
  • 0
  • 0

Did he actually faint or was he swooning over the waitress?

Reply
Share
  • 0
  • 0

Some one told him Kim Dotcom had eaten all the gelato, and the tiramasu, and...

Reply
Share
  • 0
  • 0

Deep down I think he is over politics. It's too hard...

Reply
Share
  • 0
  • 0

John Banks is that you?

Reply
Share
  • 0
  • 0

That's funny, NOT.

Reply
Share
  • 0
  • 0

That response was smart. Really got me there, Banksy.

Reply
Share
  • 0
  • 0

Was someone in the media being nice to him? That would explain everything.

Reply
Share
  • 0
  • 0

Guessing he didn't have to wait in the lobby for a couple of hours before he could be assessed (like the rest of us:-) )

Reply
Share
  • 0
  • 0

Was he asked to pay...

Reply
Share
  • 0
  • 0

I would faint as well if I had to endorse Heika as education minister, and realising he is stuck with her due to the reverse discrimination he faces as a result of the Clark and Shipley years. He can't be seen to remove a woman (and a Maori, at that). He can't replace her with the best and most capable. It has to be a woman, and he doesn't have a long list of capable replacements.

Reply
Share
  • 0
  • 0

It doesn't have to be a woman. But if it is, please bring in Crusher and let her crush the corrupted thinking of the educational unions, which among other things use innocent children as political pawns, having them wave political banners they couldn't even produce, let alone read or comprehend - prostituting a child's innocence for their own nefarious political gains.

Reply
Share
  • 0
  • 0

When it comes to our PM, political expediency trumps "what's good for the nation" any day of the week. In this regard, Key's not so much an "artist" as he is artful.

Reply
Share
  • 0
  • 0

Told him to stick to the Southland pinot. But noooo, he just kept on drinking that cheap Aussie stuff from Countdown.

Reply
Share
  • 0
  • 0

Last A&E hospital wait for a member of my family with a medical condition was seven hours at Auckland, then transferred to North Shore for a 10-hour wait. Be interesting to know if it were a public or private hospital, and if he gets average Kiwi service.

Reply
Share
  • 0
  • 0

Why would you suggest he should get "average Kiwi service"? He is our PM, for goodness sake.

Reply
Share
  • 0
  • 0

Auckland Hospital saw me immediately, as they do with any chest pain as could be a heart attack. No doubt that thinking would apply to fainting because of what it could be.
Also, I wouldn't expect less for the prime minister of our country, regardless of political leanings.

Reply
Share
  • 0
  • 0

Must have just got the real economic numbers through from Treasury ... you know, the ones in the second set of books.

Reply
Share
  • 0
  • 0

Are the figures that good?

Reply
Share
  • 0
  • 0

Will this be JK's way of exiting out of politics now by using ill health as an excuse?

Reply
Share
  • 0
  • 0

Take off the heavy insulation until you are on the ice, John.
BTW Black Caps - if you want your brains to actually work when playing cricket, get rid of black caps while in the sun because you will faint or lose!

Reply
Share
  • 0
  • 0

I detest how some people are so cynical and don't have any compassion left. Hope you get well Mr Key and do more great work for our nation.

Reply
Share
  • 0
  • 0

Great work? Are you kidding? Have a look at this government's record and think for a moment, if you can, who calls the shots.

Reply
Share
  • 0
  • 0

Part of the plan. Feigns medical condition (the fainting) . This stretches to rumours of a more serious illness. Has to step down (gracefully). Gets knighthood for his contribution. Suddenly gains full health. Secures plum job with UN or International monetary fund or something. (children living/studying overseas so convenient to live USA or Europe) And swans off into the sunset!
Basically, Igather he has had enough of politics as can't make any inroads in NZ with the MMP environment, Maori heads in the sand, greenies, etc, and so is bailing while he is on top. Can't blame him, really, but he has duped NZ into believing he is the good guy doing good. At end of the day, it's all about John Key, the boy with a solo mother who lived in a housing corp house... Big egoooooooooooo.

Reply
Share
  • 0
  • 0

Nothing trivial one hopes.

Reply
Share
  • 0
  • 0

Post New comment or question

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

NZ Market Snapshot

Forex

Sym Price Change
USD 0.7594 0.0000 0.00%
AUD 0.9719 0.0000 0.00%
EUR 0.6980 0.0000 0.00%
GBP 0.5015 0.0000 0.00%
HKD 5.8944 0.0000 0.00%
JPY 90.3750 0.0000 0.00%

Commods

Commodity Price Change Time
Gold Index 1179.0 -14.680 2015-04-24T00:
Oil Brent 65.3 1.460 2015-04-24T00:
Oil Nymex 57.1 -0.480 2015-04-24T00:
Silver Index 15.6 -0.190 2015-04-24T00:

Indices

Symbol Open High Last %
NZX 50 5757.9 5776.4 5757.9 0.13%
NASDAQ 5096.3 5100.4 5056.1 0.71%
DAX 11783.6 11881.0 11723.6 0.74%
DJI 18056.4 18108.9 18058.7 0.12%
FTSE 7053.7 7102.6 7053.7 0.24%
HKSE 27978.4 28089.4 27827.7 0.84%
NI225 20142.5 20142.5 20187.7 -0.83%