Key s accent confuses US transcribers
Key's accent confuses US transcribers

A speech by Prime Minister John Key appears to have been lost in translation, with the US State Department mistakenly reporting him as saying New Zealand is looking forward to fighting more conflicts alongside the United States.

In his speech, made alongside US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Rarotonga last week and recorded by NZ Newswire, Mr Key said: "New Zealand warmly supports the United States rebalancing towards the Asia-Pacific and we welcome the opportunities to co-operate further".

"In that context, we discussed our ongoing efforts to negotiate, alongside a number of other countries, a Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement."

However, either because of Mr Key's strong Kiwi accent or perhaps a dodgy recording, the State Department transcript quoted Mr Key as saying "we welcome the opportunity to cooperate with the U.S. in the next conflicts".

The same transcript, posted on the State Department's website, cited numerous other parts of Mr Key's speech as "inaudible".

A spokeswoman for Mr Key told NZ Newswire his office would seek a correction.

The online version of the US State Department's transcript has now been changed.

Bloggers and social media users jumped on the original transcript, questioning Mr Key's choice of words, before the mistake was pointed out.

NZ Newswire

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