The jockeying for position during negotiations has begun after the final election results, with Labour leader Jacinda Ardern saying she now expects to become Prime Minister and National arguing the loss of two seats does not alter its position of strength.

Long-running negotiations over the TPP free trade deal are close to a conclusion - but New Zealand’s election has thrown a spanner into the works. Will we sign on the dotted line, or could withdrawal be the price of coalition negotiations?

Most around the Parliamentary complex in Wellington won't have much time for reading on the weekend, but for the rest of us, here's a few longer reads on economic, political and social matters.


Rod Oram looks into the controversy around the Environmental Protection Agency’s ruling that the ingredient used in Roundup was unlikely to be carcinogenic. He finds the government's Chief Scientist and the Ministry for the Environment have concerns about the EPA's performance.

The opening salvos have been fired in the battle to form the next government, with NZ First holding preliminary talks with both National and Labour to set out the shape of future discussions.

During his five years heading up Apec, former Reserve Bank governor Dr Alan Bollard has been a witness to “significant disruption” in the Asia-Pacific. He spoke to Sam Sachdeva about the most significant trends in the region and where Apec may head next.

Finally, the talks about forming a new Government are about to get underway, albeit only in preliminary form from tomorrow. The serious discussions won't start until after the specials have been counted and the final result confirmed on Saturday at 2pm. Bernard Hickey reports on the manoeuvring in the pre-start box.


New Zealand First is in the box seat to help form the next Government - and, in exchange, will be looking to exact key policy concessions. Shane Cowlishaw explores how one of their pillars, cutting immigration, could affect industries reliant on foreign labour and what businesses are doing to prepare for any changes.​​​​​​​

Kiwi rich-lister Sir Owen Glenn has made a return to the political arena, donating $50,000 to both National and Labour days out from the election.

Business confidence fell during the election campaign, but less than for other elections. Bernard Hickey reports uncertainty about the shape and policies of a new Government are affecting business sentiment, but vehicle and retail sales show businesses and consumers have not put away their wallets.

Before the election, David Seymour was talking about his plan to make ACT relevant again. Yet the party went backwards, leaving Seymour facing opposition as a solo act. What went wrong, and does ACT have a future in its current form?

A company set up by the Government to handle ACC disputes is now owned by staff. But can FairWay Resolution act impartially when those employed have a financial interest in its performance and why was it not put up for tender? Shane Cowlishaw reports.