Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has Winston Peters to thank for her date with United States President Donald Trump next week in New York - if thanks is the right word.

Ardern's description of her relationship with Trump as "absolutely fine" is perhaps the faintest of praise ever levelled at a US President by a New Zealand leader.

Even Helen Clark was nice about George W. Bush.


But while Ardern, the young feminist, has maintained a relationship unembellished by the pretence of any great friendship with Trump's America, Peters has been working assiduously on the US relationship.

He has had