Kris Faafoi has endured in politics thanks to his safe pair of hands - and his ability to laugh himself out of tricky situations, writes Claire Trevett.

Toward the end of a 90-minute drive with the Weekend Herald, Kris Faafoi says every time he does such ventures "I find I laugh more than I realise I laugh."

He did indeed laugh a lot.

It helped him navigate his way through several tricky situations from the saga of his first political porkie and Judith Collins' chances of taking over as National leader to his derring-do in nicking one of NZ First

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Kris Faafoi, 43