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John Kerry is in Wellington for US talks

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 12/11/2016

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talks with scientist Dr John Snow at the Crary Science Center in Antarctica. © Reuters U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talks with scientist Dr John Snow at the Crary Science Center in Antarctica. US Secretary of State John Kerry is due to hold meetings with New Zealand politicians after becoming the highest-ranking American official to visit Antarctica.

Mr Kerry travelled to Antarctica on board a C-17 Globemaster after being held up for about a day by bad weather.

An experienced pilot, he spent much of the five-hour flight in the cockpit chatting with the pilots, the ABC reports.

Mr Kerry has made climate change a focus during his career and he tweeted on Saturday "climate change directly impacts everyone across all seven continents. We all must do our part to #ActOnClimate."

He arrived back in Christchurch, a service base for Antarctica, on Saturday evening and was due to fly on to Wellington.

He is scheduled to have talks with Prime Minister John Key and Foreign Minister Murray McCully in Wellington on Sunday.

He's not the only politician heading to Antarctica during the summer season.

New Zealand cabinet ministers Amy Adams and Maggie Barry will both be there next week but not on the same days.

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