The Prime Minister will be spending the next week in Maine in the US watching his son play baseball for New Zealand in the under-17 team.
It is the first time a New Zealand team has qualified for the World Series. This decision means he will miss the funeral at the weekend of the two New Zealand soldiers who died during a firefight in Bamiyan Province last Saturday night.
John Key said yesterday: "It's a very difficult decision, I've got to let somebody down, but my son makes huge sacrifices for me and my job."
Key has visited with the families of Lance-Corporals Pralli Durrer and Rory Malone to explain and Deputy Prime Minister Bill English will go in his place.
There is no question the Baseball World Series is a big deal and that Max deserves to have his dad there supporting him, but the role of Prime Minister means you have to make personal sacrifices.
These soldiers died serving New Zealand in Afghanistan, they were there under the Prime Minister's watch and it's important that he attends the funeral. Not just out of respect for the families and the Defence Force but also as a symbol to the rest of New Zealand to show the importance of the sacrifice these two men made.
I'm sure this isn't a decision the Prime Minister made lightly and I'm sure many people will applaud him for putting his family first.
I got mixed feedback on Twitter. Stephen Lethbridge said: "That is why we have a Deputy Prime Minister. @johnkeypm is a Dad as well as Prime Minister."
Kate Reeve Rushbrook said: "And so he should! He is a father. Good on him."
But not everyone agreed. Liz Shaw said: "He knew the duties when he signed up and if he can't fulfil his responsibilities as PM he shouldn't be doing the job."
Don't forget that in 2010 Key flew home from Gallipoli to attend the funeral of three men who died when their Iroquois crashed on Anzac Day. This meant he had to abandon a trade mission in the Middle East.
It's times like this you have to balance personal and national interest. There is not necessarily a right or wrong answer, but Key has made his call.
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