Comedian Rhys Darby has helped kick off a nationwide fund-raising drive to help pay Prime Minister John Key’s way to the UN climate talks in Copenhagen in December, with a “Darby Barbie” in Auckland.

“Some say I'm pretty handy on the barbie after two years working as a BBQ sales technician, so I thought I’d prove this in order to help get Mr. John Key to the ball,” said Mr Darby, from outside the Warehouse store in Newmarket, where his sausage sizzle took place.

Other Sign On ambassadors, including actress Keisha Castle-Hughes and Lucy Lawless, also took up tongs.

The “Key to Copenhagen” project is part of the Sign On campaign, which is calling for Key to commit to a 40% by 2020 emissions reduction target at Copenhagen ( The Newmarket event was one of a range of similar fundraising activities being held by Sign On volunteers around the country throughout the day. You can donate online here.