Peters: Coalition deal Saturday at earliest, refuses to reveal NZ First board

12 October, 2017, 03:54 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • Peters is currently engaged in parallel coalition negotiations with National and Labour

Mr Peters says the board will meet tomorrow, and rather than voting on the options, they will discuss it until there is a unanimous consensus.

Peters has a meeting with National at 9.30am before another meeting with Labour.

Mr Peters said the board members had to come from all around the country.

For some, it was "personal" that they were members of the NZ First board although their membership was "not a secret" and their identities would become clear once they had been consulted and a government formed.

Final discussions between New Zealand First and National, and then with Labour, are being held at Parliament today.

The constitution details the composition of a 12-member board that includes the party leader, Winston Peters and his deputy, Ron Mark, as well as the president (Catchpole), vice-presidents for the North and South Islands, a party secretary (Anne Martin, listed on the commission's website), a treasurer, an ex officio director-general, and six elected representatives.

When asked how this week's talks compared to previous election negotiations, Peters said, according to local media: "They are similar in some ways because of circumstances".

However, other party figures have little or no public profile.

There had once been a list of the board on the party's website but it had been removed, he said.

The board and caucus will be presented with two options at the same meeting.

Peters said there wouldn't be a vote at the board and caucus meeting, but discussions would continue until most if not all board members were in agreement.

"It depends upon the logistical availability of the board, which could be Saturday, Sunday or Monday".

If he decides to back Labour and the Greens, an issue could be ratification of the deal by a special meeting of Green Party members, which is one of that party's requirements.

"The market's been anticipating more of a center-right government and the unknown from the center-left is weighing", ANZ Economist Con Williams said.

"We're not going to think about offices and positions until we're happy with the policy", he said on Wednesday night.

Winston Peters told Newstalkzb's political editor Barry Soper he still expects the talks to be wrapped up tomorrow but there'll be no immediate announcement.

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