With Labour now leading the country Political Commentator Tuariki Delamere discusses the outcomes of the election negotiations.
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After nine years in government, the National Party will now be pushed back to the Opposition benches. Outgoing Prime Minister Bill English expressed his disappointment last night following Winston Peters' long-awaited decision. He also took time to thank his party and family and pay respect to the Labour leader.
The coalition between the Labour Party and New Zealand First is official even though their policy negotiations are yet to be announced. New Zealand First will receive four ministerial roles with a specialised role reserved for Winston Peters.
For the third time in New Zealand's history, a woman is set to take the helm and lead the New Zealand government as Prime Minister. Labour leader Jacinda Ardern managed to boost falling support for Labour and now she and her party are moving forward with forming what she describes as a government with a new focus.
Green Party leader James Shaw is celebrating after Winston's announcement. Shaw told media last night that the Greens fully support Labour. The new Prime Minister has confirmed the Greens will receive Ministerial roles, these are yet to be announced.
Jacinda Ardern is set to become New Zealand's youngest Prime Minister in over 100 years of government. She spoke this evening following the announcement made by New Zealand First leader, Winston Peters.
After a long wait for many, Winston Peters made his announcement this evening confirming a Labour-NZ First coalition government.
Bill English says he's pleased with their policy negotiations and like everyone else looks forward to hearing Winston Peters decision this afternoon.
Following the caucus meeting in Parliament, Peters said despite the delay, he has assured the country that they will definitely know the outcome this afternoon.
Former politician Sandra Lee-Vercoe believes Winston Peters will lean towards a coalition with National.