The Prime Minister has had the heat put on him by Opposition parties about his relationship with Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater during the first question time since the Dirty Politics book was published.
Green Party co-leader Russel Norman led the attack on John Key, asking him how many times he had spoken to or sent text messages to Slater since November 2008.
“None in my capacity as Prime Minister,” Mr Key replied.
“I think it’s been well-established in this House for a long period of time that Prime Ministers wear a variety of different hats â€“ that includes as leader of the National Party, and can include as a citizen.
“I happen, for the record, to use my ministerial service-funded cellphone to ring my wife. When I ring my darling wife and I put the cat out at night, I do that in my capacity as a husband, not as Prime Minister.”
Investigative journalist Nicky Hager’s book, released in August, drew connections between Slater and a National Party staff members and Ministers.
The book says Slater was fed information from National Party sources to use in attack posts on his blog.