Key does not rule out working with NZ First
Prime Minister John Key has not ruled out working with New Zealand First in the future.
The latest Roy Morgan poll put NZ First at 4.5 percent, almost enough to get the party back into Parliament without any electorate seats.
Recent speculation has suggested Wanganui Mayor and radio host Michael Laws would stand for the party.
Mr Key said today he would decide whether he would work with NZ First leader Winston Peters when he announced whether he was running or not.
"He might come back with Michael Laws but we don't know that," he told TVNZ's Breakfast programme.
If Labour was to do very badly at the last election that would help smaller parties like NZ First, Mr Key said.
Mr Laws, who intends to stand down as mayor this year, did not want to comment on the rumours he would stand.
He is a former National and NZ First MP who resigned from Parliament in tears in 1996 over a Napier City Council poll he had organised.
The poll was signed off by a fictitious Antoinette Beck, who turned out to be Mr Laws' parliamentary secretary, Louise Sampson.
NZ First failed to win a seat in Parliament at the 2008 election.
Mr Key ruled out forming a coalition or entering a support agreement with Mr Peters after the 2008 election.