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Obama to head to New Zealand

Obama to head to New Zealand

Former President Obama plans to visit New Zealand in March, according to The New Zealand Herald.

The Herald reports that Obama is scheduled to visit the country around March 21 for a yet-to-be-announced reason, possibly to celebrate the opening of Air New Zealand’s new route to the U.S., likely to Chicago.

Obama has an established relationship with New Zealand’s former Prime Minister John Key, who now sits on Air New Zealand’s board. The Herald reports Key was likely involved in organizing the former president’s visit.

The two former leaders golfed together in Hawaii in 2014, and according to The Herald, a rematch is scheduled during Obama’s visit next month.

Obama and Key both have homes in Hawaii, where the president was born, and were elected to office within a week of each other in 2008. The two have also spoken before at various international summits.