New Zealand kingmaker party to hold key board meeting on Monday

Modesto Morganelli
Ottobre 13, 2017

It's still unclear whether the final outcome of the talks will be decided on Monday, or whether the New Zealand public will have to go on waiting until later in the week.

Mr Peters had been working around the commitments of some of the board to bring them together.

But the self-imposed deadline has now passed and Peters has advised he may need until the end of next week to reach a decision, which must be approved by the caucus and the NZ First board.

The Greens are essential to a centre-left government because Labour and NZ First don't have enough seats between them for a majority, but they've played no part in the negotiations.

The NZ First leader's insistence that the identities of the board members remain a secret has been criticised by political commentators, who say New Zealanders have a right to know which group of people will be charged with making the country's biggest political decision in almost a decade.

There's nothing in them about ministerial positions - Mr Peters says that's something that can be worked out later.

New Zealand First MPs are now in an all day meeting today.

Newshub's political editor Patrick Gower said Peters was holding the two major parties "hostage", as well as the media and voters, while the New Zealand Herald's political editor Barry Soper said, referring to the anonymous board members: "It could be Maud from Mataura or Doug from Dargaville who'll be deciding who's going to govern us for the next three years".

Mr Peters confirmed this afternoon he will be meeting with his board and caucus to thrash out a decision on Monday.

Asked if the meetings would take long, he said: "Well they're booked in for the night if we have to".

NZ First's policies are more aligned with those of Labour - both favour curbing migration and foreign ownership, renegotiating certain trade deals and changes to the central bank's approach to monetary policy. The New Zealand dollar was last 0.07 percent lower at $0.7125.

A National/NZ First government would have 65 seats, while a Labour/Greens/NZ First government would have 63 seats.

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