Coalition talks continue on to third day

  • 10/10/2017
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 31:  NZ First leader Winston Peters speaks to media following the Economic Development Agencies of New Zealand Conference at Rydges Hotel on August 31, 2017 in Wellington, New Zealand. Peters annouced a commitment to move container operations from the Ports of Auckland to Northland if his party is part of government following next month's election. The announcement follows recent controversy relating to the overpayment of his personal superannuation entitlements.  (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
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Another meeting between NZ First and Labour will kick off the third day of negotiations to form the next government.

NZ First leader Winston Peters has been careful to give each of the main parties equal time to talk through the policy concessions he wants in return for his support.

On Monday he held two meetings with National and one with Labour, so Jacinda Ardern's team gets first crack at it on Tuesday morning.

Mr Peters is stacking up his party's policies against those of National and Labour, looking for the best deal he can get.

But he isn't giving anything away, and there's been no indication at all of which party is offering the most favourable concessions to allow NZ First's key policies to be implemented by the next government.

The Greens, meanwhile, have been shut out of the talks.

They're a crucial part of a potential centre-left coalition because Labour and NZ First can't command a majority on their own, but Mr Peters isn't going to speak to them before he announces his decision.

He said on Monday he would talk only to National and Labour, leaving it up to Labour to keep the Greens in the loop.

Mr Peters is still confident he can meet his decision deadline of Thursday this week.

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