The Government is refusing to release a secret document with directives for new ministers, despite Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters promising it would be made public.
With a change of government for the first time in nine years, Sam Sachdeva looks at some of the areas where we may see the most striking policy changes.
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says his party will announce the result of its coalition negotiations on Thursday afternoon, following days of talks.
The NZ First caucus and board have wrapped up two days of discussions with no consensus on whether to back National or Labour.
We’re still waiting to find out who will form our next government - but whether it’s National or Labour, they and their coalition partners will face some pressing questions within days of taking power. Here’s a taster of the big issues that may be on their minds.
The final results are in, and we’re going down to the wire, Sam Sachdeva comments.
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?
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.
The Treasury’s year-end financial statements have delivered no real surprises, adhering largely to the figures in the pre-election fiscal update.