Comeback king Winston Peters has invited John Key to publicly debate with him in Auckland on Wednesday.
"On Wednesday NZ First will be in Aotea Square in Auckland for an open air meeting. We cordially invite John Key to attend so we can have a public debate out there with the people. He could put his views forward explain his worries and we’ll respond," Mr Peters said in a speech in Hamilton today.
"We promise him a fair hearing and courteous treatment. I’ll even shout him a cup of coffee but it will have to be in a takeaway cup."
The leader of NZ First, which is rapidly rising in the polls and could potentially hold a balance of power after Saturday's vote, reiterated that his party "will cooperate with any minority government whether it’s National of Labour. But do not expect us to fall over and vote for – or abstain from – voting on issues like asset sales".
Mr Key's schedule for Wednesday has not been released.