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National must focus on voters: Key

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 2/07/2016 Cleo Fraser
Prime Minister John Key © Getty Prime Minister John Key

Prime Minister John Key has told his supporters it's easy to focus too much on the National Party's push for a fourth term.

But he also used his speech to more than 500 delegates at the 80th annual party conference in Christchurch to detail what the government must do to achieve that goal.

"We find ourselves mid-way through a parliamentary cycle and I think it's easy to spend time focusing on the fact that we are going to try and be a fourth term National government next year," he said on Saturday.

"This is a government that has to deliver for New Zealand and if we keep delivering every single day and we go into that campaign in 2017 energised ... I am absolutely confident we can continue to deliver the electoral success we have in the past.

"We have to earn the right to do that but this party is capable of doing that and that's what we're going to do.

"There is absolutely no room in my view for the government in complacency, for arrogance or mediocracy."

He also said National offered a stable and predictable government in unsettled times.

"In a very uncertain world that's something that voters absolutely crave," Mr Key said.

He will give his main address and make a policy announcement on Sunday, the final day of the conference.

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