WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Being the leader of a small nation comes with its perks — like going tuna fishing.
In his farewell speech to lawmakers on Wednesday, former New Zealand Prime Minister John Key recounted the time he visited the Marshall Islands in 2013 for a meeting of Pacific leaders and managed to squeeze in some deep-sea fishing.
Key said then-U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron called him on a satellite phone to talk about Libya. But Cameron wondered what all the noise was in the background.
Don't worry, Key told him, we're fishing and I just caught a big tuna.
Key said there was a long silence before the British leader wistfully replied: "God, I wish I ran a small country."
Key was leader for eight years before resigning in December.