Decision on NZ government looming

Despite what Seymour says neither major party has signalled the role of Prime Minister is on the table. In fact both

He apparently means a meeting of his party's board to ratify a decision.

The New Zealand First party will meet with the ruling National Party, led by Prime Minister Bill English, at midday and then in the afternoon with the Labour Party, led by Jacinda Ardern who nearly single-handedly boosted her party's chances after assuming the party's leadership in August.

"I said I would go into it with a totally open mind and I've asked my board and caucus to take the same approach", he said.

"That's where things are at the moment".

"I can honestly tell you I wouldn't take a guess what anyone is now thinking".

They range from forming a full coalition government with National or Labour to support agreements or even staying on the cross benches and abstaining on confidence votes.

The negotiations had been entirely about policy.

'Our target is to complete all these discussions by Thursday night, ' he told reporters on Tuesday night after another round of negotiations with National and Labour.


"We've got a seriously comprehensive dossier from both sides".

Jacinda Ardern's liberal Labour Party, which is aligned with the small Green Party, hopes it can lead the next government.

Labour kept them in the loop through a separate series of bilateral talks.

New Zealand's major political parties will be meeting on Sunday, with the small nationalist party that holds the balance of power after the September 23 election expected to hold talks about the formation of the next government.

The documents will set out the responses to the concessions NZ First sought so its policies can be implemented, wholly or partly, by the next government.

He said it would be unlikely the board could meet tonight as it would be too late, so he expected it would meet tomorrow, but was unclear whether they would meet in Auckland or Wellington.

It's anyones guess as to when this meeting will take place, however, with Mr Peters growing increasingly vague on a time frame due to the "logistics" of putting the meeting together.

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