Hayden Paddon's turned into the ultimate asset for Rally New Zealand.

Paddon has provided a major boost to the campaign for a return to the WRC calendar, with his victory in the Argentina event at the weekend.

Rally New Zealand chairman Peter Johnston says Paddon's already done a lot for the cause.

He says they're a long way down the track in their campaign with Paddon constantly in the ear of the promoter.

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Johnston says the aim is to return to the WRC in 2018, but with Rally Australia currently having a few issues 2017 is not out of the question.