NZ First leader to reveal whether he will form coalition with National or Labour to take Bill English or Jacinda Ardern into government
Before taking his meal break, Peters spoke to reporters outside the NZ First caucus meeting. He described it as “a very, very anxious time”:
Our total focus has been on the decision … It is seriously difficult, because, you know, there are pros and cons for every part of this decision we’ve got to make.
We’ve got one more chance to evaluate what it means, both ways.
After the counting of special votes on 7 October saw Labour and the Greens add an extra seat each, and docked two from National, Jacinda Ardern said the momentum was now with them to secure a coalition agreement with NZ First:
The final vote tally shows how this election galvanised people to enrol and vote with the highest turnout since 2005.
This reinforces the mandate for negotiations to form a stable, durable and progressive Labour-led government, a government I would be proud to lead.
With the Green party, Labour and New Zealand First combined, there is now a strong majority for change across our parliament.