WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- New Zealand has a Labour-led coalition government.
- Winston Peters has announced NZ First will go with Labour.
- Peters did not tell Labour’s Jacinda Ardern what he had decided before making the announcement.
- NZ First has a coalition agreement with Labour. Labour has a confidence and supply agreement with the Green Party, which will sit outside Cabinet.
- Bill English took a “broad agreement” between National and NZ First to his caucus and board to get sign off this morning.
- The Green Party are holding a special general meeting tonight – which may indicate that Peters is swinging towards the left.
- NBR report that there is a dustup over Peters wanting five ministerial posts inside a National government, and that is causing the delay
- Peters will meet with his MPs ahead of the announcement. He will then phone his board to let them know about the decision, to get final sign off
It’s Labour and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern!
New Zealand First has crowned Ardern the next Prime Minister with its decision to back a Labour-led Government, which also needs the Green Party to govern.
Ardern will claim the top job after only two and a-half months as Labour leader.
The decision will come as a shock to National, which holds two more seats than the Labour-Green bloc and ends its hope of leading New Zealand for a fourth term.