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Watch Winston Peters address media on Tuesday evening.

Live: Peters will go with Labour - ex-NZ First MP 1 hour ago

Richard Prosser said the NZ First membership doesn't back Shane Jones.

NZ First leader Winston Peters.

NZ First 'getting close' to a decision 3 hours ago

Secret talks raised speculation of a heads-up on an imminent announcement.

Winston Peters was involved in late-night discussions on Tuesday.

Peters' secret meetings could mean an announcement

He met with both Bill English and Jacinda Ardern late last night.

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Winston Peters holds secret meetings

He had said his board had almost reached a consensus on policy arrangements.

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Criticism over 'unjustified' $1.2m civil servant pay

The Superannuation Fund CEO's pay has been boosted again.

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Lloyd Burr: Watching NZ First's bizarre behaviour

Meeting up to decide a Government has been a comedy of chaos, cabs and an erratic roller door.

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As-it-happened: Day 10 of negotiations

Winston Peters gave himself wriggle room on the end-of-week deadline.

Listen to Bill English answering police questions.

Police interview with Bill English released

Listen to Mr English answer questions on the Todd Barclay tape recording.

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 27:  NZ First leader Winston Peters speaks during a press conference at the Beehive Theatrette on September 27, 2017 in Wellington, New Zealand. With results too close to call, no outright winner between National's Bill English and Labour's Jacinda Ardern has been able to be announced following the general election on Saturday 23 September.  (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Winston's 23 best 'sick burns' on National

Is Winston Peters keen on a deal with a party of "cronyism, sleaze, and corruption"?

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Peter Dunne hits out at 'absurd' negotiation process

He says the major parties are scared of Winston Peters.

Patrick Gower had some choice words for Jacinda Ardern and Bill English.

English, Ardern are Winston Peters' 'lapdogs' - Gower

Newshub's political editor says the leaders of National and Labour "need to cut the crap".

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Ardern feeling 'confident' in negotiation talks

But she said her weekend wink was simply a "tick" and not intentional.

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'You aren't the public' - Winston's great media escape

The NZ First leader made a hasty retreat as he left a much-delayed meeting to decide the next government.

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Patrick Gower: Government still some time away

Bill English is on lockdown in the Beehive afraid of upsetting Winston Peters.

packet of crisps opened

Sign warning of 'chipocaplypse' was a mistake

The shortage is serious, but less dire than the sign implied.

Jacinda Ardern said the matter of coalition negotiations is now with the board.

As-it-happened: NZ First discussions continue into the night

Looks like no Government will be announced today.

Bill English says negotiations are still happening, even though NZ First's board is meeting to decide a winner.

English's 'defeatist' AM Show interview: Is it a sign Ardern will be PM?

That's what the pundits are saying.

The election result still hangs in the balance.

Coalition talks have 'some time to go' - English

Don't expect a new Government to be formed anytime soon, and definitely not Monday.

Jacinda Ardern and Bill English.

Bill or Jacinda? Meet the next Prime Minister

Here's how the two potential Prime Ministers got to where they are now.

Who will be the next Government?

NZ might have a new Government today

Winston Peters' NZ First party is about to start a meeting to choose between National and Labour.

Green Party leader James Shaw

Greens' teleconference 'ready to go'

As decision day looms for NZ First, the Greens say they're "ready to go" with a teleconference to ratify their part of a deal.

Will Winston choose Labour or National?

Winston's choice: Labour or National? A puppy predicts

A fuzzier version of Winston Peters decides the future Government.

The panel.

Panel: Tracy Watkins, Chris Simpson and Vernon Tava

Lisa Owen and guests break down the week in politics.

The panel discuss Helen Kelly's legacy.

Workers' rights: Where are we at?

The Nation takes a look at the state of New Zealand's workplaces, a year after Helen Kelly died.

Winston Peters holds all the cards.

How NZ First will make its decision

Winston Peters says he wants the party's board to reach a consensus, rather than have a decision through a vote.

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Winston Peters wears TGIF tie and says Monday's the day

Policy talks with National and Labour have wrapped up, but NZ still in limbo over weekend

Just who will control the Beehive in a week's time remains a mystery.

Peters 'totally owning' Nats and Labour - Gower

The evidence suggests he's "absolutely smashing" the two big parties, Gower told The AM Show.

Winston Peters missed his deadline, but Labour and National are happy to give him more time.

Davis, Bennett defend Peters after he misses own deadline

The NZ First leader missed his Thursday deadline to announce a decision, but neither major party seems to mind.

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 08:  NZ First leader Winston Peters and deputy Ron Mark make their way to a meeting with the National Party at Parliament on October 8, 2017 in Wellington, New Zealand. The general election was held on Saturday 23 September, but with results too close to call, no outright winner between National's Bill English and Labour's Jacinda Ardern was able to be announced.  (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Coalition talks over, now the waiting begins

Winston Peters says the new government will be decided soon.

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 27:  NZ First leader Winston Peters speaks during a press conference at the Beehive Theatrette on September 27, 2017 in Wellington, New Zealand. With results too close to call, no outright winner between National's Bill English and Labour's Jacinda Ardern has been able to be announced following the general election on Saturday 23 September.  (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Live updates: PM will be known by end of next week - Peters

"Write that on the wall," he says.

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 08:  NZ First leader Winston Peters and deputy Ron Mark make their way to a meeting with the National Party at Parliament on October 8, 2017 in Wellington, New Zealand. The general election was held on Saturday 23 September, but with results too close to call, no outright winner between National's Bill English and Labour's Jacinda Ardern was able to be announced.  (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Government negotiations are a complete circus

Winston Peters is holding New Zealand voters hostage, Patrick Gower writes.

NZ First leader Winston Peters with MP Shane Jones.

NZ waits while NZ First board apply for day off

'Can I have the day off? I need to choose the next Govt.'

Winston Peters, leader of NZ First.

NZ First president: 'We're ready to go at moment's notice'

By 'moment's notice' he means a few days.

NZ First board members.

The secretive team that'll choose the next Government

Meet NZ First's board, which is meeting tomorrow to make the big decision.

Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick designed this Che Guevara stamp.

Irish Che Guevara stamp under fire

One politician said Guevara was "barbaric".

Labour and the Greens want to implement tougher capital gains taxes.

IMF calls for higher taxes on the wealthy

Tax systems like NZ's aren't as progressive as they look because the rich avoid it through capital gains, the IMF says.

Sue Bradford and David Clendon want the Greens to play hardball.

'Tough pill' of Opposition better than 'dead rats'

Two former Green MPs say the party shouldn't sign any coalition deal that doesn't give them policy wins.

Winston Peters holds the balance of power.

Final day of coalition talks

NZ First will hold the last negotiating sessions with National and Labour on Thursday.

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What is the coalition decision costing New Zealand?

The Kiwi dollar is suffering while Winston Peters decides.

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'Both options' will go to NZ First board on Friday - Peters

Winston Peters says they will keep discussing until there is a clear majority.

Watch Patrick Gower on The AM Show.

Greens really do hold key to next Government

Green Party membership have power to make or break Labour-NZ First plan, Patrick Gower writes.

"There is a major stumbling block to negotiations and it's the Greens."

Greens could be 'stumbling block' to Labour victory - Patrick Gower

"They won't be walked over by Winston Peters," he warns.

Winston Peters

Close to crunch time for coalition talks

The talks are continuing into their fourth day.

Mark Rutte at the G20 Summit in July.

Dutch PM secures coalition deal

His new coalition takes the country more right wing.

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Winston Peters: 'Nothing's changed' on negotiation dates

His press secretary denied reports he's delaying the decision.

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Decision 17: What are MPs doing right now?

It's been 19 days since the election.

Hana Reedy and her husband Apimeleki Nasedra believe New Zealand's mental health system is failing young people.

Grieving parents take call for mental health inquiry to Parliament

They lost their daughter to suicide two months ago.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 13:  Greens Party Leader James Shaw speaks at the relaunch of the Greens Party on August 13, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. The Greens Party have relaunched their party with a new slogan 'Love New Zealand'.  (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Greens are getting shafted - again

It is like Married at First Sight: Political Edition, writes Lloyd Burr.

Isobel Ewing reports.

As-it-happened: Day three of negotiations

Policy and biscuits on day three.

She says Winston Peters being PM is not on the table.

Seymour on 'crusade' for attention with Peters as PM claims - Ardern

She says Winston Peters being PM is not on the table.