Prime Minister John Key is about to chair crucial free trade talks on the sidelines at the APEC leaders summit in Bali.
Mr Key will oversee a meeting of countries trying to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and just a few hours ago Mr Key caught up with Russian president Vladimir Putin.
There are obvious gaps in the Prime Minister's APEC diary, and attending international summits are as much about meeting world leaders as they are about getting through the agenda.
But even though Mr Key's missing formal meetings with two of the big guns, he's making the most out of every conversation he has.
While trade is supposed to dominate the summit, Mr Key's used all his formal head-to-heads to plea for votes to get New Zealand onto the United Nations Security Council.
"With one or two of them, they've got particular connections and we've asked them to help us, make phone calls for us, extend diplomacy for us," says Mr Key.
A glaring omission from Mr Key's schedule is a formal meeting with Mr Putin. But Mr Key made a beeline for Mr Putin at the first available opportunity. In turn, Mr Putin made a beeline for his seat.
Finally Mr Key managed a brief chat, befitting of our countries' relationship.
"It's a work in progress clearly," says Mr Key.
Russia recently banned all New Zealand dairy products after the Fonterra milk scandal, despite no affected powder being shipped there. A free trade deal has stalled and two New Zealanders are facing 15 years in a Russian jail for protesting in the Arctic.
"We can't change the Russian system," says Mr Key.
But we still have to be polite. Mr Key joined a leaders' chorus of 'Happy Birthday' for the Russian leader.
"Be glad to know I wasn't leading, if you ever heard me sing," says Mr Key.
Host country Indonesia left the performances to the professionals. But it did break with one tradition – usually the host officially meets all leaders. This year half were left out, including Mr Key, who got a handshake instead.