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Willie Jackson backs charter schools, despite Labour's policy.

Teachers urge follow-through on charter schools pledge 2 minutes ago

Two high-profile Labour MPs have backed charter schools, but the NZEI wants them gone.

The East West Link will be the world's most expensive road.

Will the new Govt shelve roading projects? 35 minutes ago

Labour wants to scale back the expensive East West Link, and the Greens want it canned altogether.

Green Party leader James Shaw won't have a co-leader until some time in 2018.

Fitzsimons 'enormously proud' of new-generation Greens 2 hours ago

The former Green Party co-leader has high hopes the MPs who made it to office will do great things.

DoC has struggled to get more funding in recent years.

Hopes new Government will boost DoC 2 hours ago

Environmentalists are breathing a sigh of relief, but still have concerns about the future of conservation.

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Trump administration congratulates Ardern

The statement from the US Department of State added US-New Zealand relationship is strong.

The block offers are made annually, usually sparking protests from environmentalists.

No more petroleum block offers?

Jacinda Ardern has signalled this year may be the last a block offer is made for petroleum exploration.

Jacinda Ardern says KiwiBuild won't badly hurt existing property values.

KiwiBuild won't hit property values - Ardern

"We don't expect to see a dramatic drop in people's housing values," the new PM has told The Nation.

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The Green MPs who'll be ministers

James Shaw's told us who they are, but not which jobs they'll have.

Jacinda Ardern on The Nation.

Capitalism is a 'blatant failure' - Ardern

The Prime Minister-elect has promised big changes to fix the country's housing crisis.

Depression child

Quake-shaken Christchurch kids in line for more help

Many Canterbury children suffer from mental health issues, and the new Govt has promised to help.

Ms Ardern says she has "great ambition" to make gains for women as Prime Minister.

Gender imbalance in new Government's top jobs

Jacinda Ardern said she's not happy about it.

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Greens make a triumphant return to Parliament

They faced political oblivion, but have now entered new territory.

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Will Bill English call it quits on politics?

He got back up again, but it wasn't enough.

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Leak: Greens' ministerial roles revealed

It's the first time the party will be given the positions.

Watch Jacinda Ardern on The AM Show.

Jacinda Ardern commits to 100-day plan, with one exception

There will be one addition and one subtraction.

Helen Clark was full of compliments for Jacinda Ardern.

Jacinda performed 'near-miracle' to win election - Clark

The former PM says she's taken Labour from the cusp of catastrophic defeat to Government.

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 19:  Prime Minister elect Jacinda Ardern speaks during a Labour Party announcement with Grant Robertson and Kelvin Davis at Parliament on October 19, 2017 in Wellington, New Zealand. After weeks of coalition negotiations, New Zealand First have announced their decision to form a coalition government with Labour and the Greens. With neither the National nor Labour parties winning enough seats in last month's general election to govern outright, New Zealand First was left holding the balance of power.  (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Livestream: Jacinda Ardern speaks to media

Labour has just met to vote on which of its MPs will be in Cabinet.

Watch: Jacinda Ardern addresses the Labour party caucus for the first time following last night's agreement.

As it happened: Jacinda Ardern addresses an invigorated caucus

It's the day after the announcement that NZ First and Labour would form a new government.

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Winston Peters' decision: Relive the Beehive media circus

Winston Peters' decision: Relive the media circus

Ms Ardern previously said she doesn't "think anyone should be serving a sentence in prison for smoking cannabis".

Cannabis referendum 'long overdue'

New Zealand is set to have a referendum on legalising cannabis by 2020.

Ross and Jacinda Ardern.

Parents knew Ardern would be PM 20 years ago

"[We] knew from the time she was at high school that one day she would be the Prime Minister of this country."

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Change is coming, just deal with it

Jacinda Ardern should be given time, Mark Sainsbury writes

Jacinda Ardern.

What Labour has planned in its first 100 days

But will the Greens and NZ First get in the way?

Green Party co-leader James Shaw reacts to Winston Peters' decision.

The Greens' 10 big policy gains

Free counselling for under-25s and a referendum on cannabis are on the list.

Helen Clark and Jacinda Ardern.

'People feel Jacinda's listening to them' - Helen Clark

Ms Clark and Ms Ardern are the only two elected female Prime Ministers in NZ history.

New Zealand's new Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern: The world reacts

As NZ settles into life under a Labour-led Govt, here's what the rest of the globe is saying.

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What James Shaw really thinks of Winston Peters

The Greens leader says a lot has changed between the two.

Jacinda Ardern is the new PM.

No call from Trump yet, but Ardern's not holding her breath

"I don't know whether or not there's any expectation that you hear from everybody," Ms Ardern said.

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'Black clouds' on horizon for NZ economy

A chief economist says despite an imminent downturn, it won't be Labour's fault.

Jacinda Ardern, the morning after becoming Prime Minister-elect.

Ardern hints water tax has been canned

Prime Minister-elect Jacinda Ardern says Winston Peters was "very firm" on the controversial levy.

Julie Bishop's comments earlier this year were widely condemned.

Aussie politicians take potshots at Ardern's win, paper labels Labour 'losers'

Julie Bishop's been joined by two others in firing barbs at Jacinda Ardern's new Government.

James Shaw.

Greens happy outside of Cabinet - Shaw

"The important thing is that we will have the ability to lead in the areas that most concern us."

Bill English concedes.

National 'left New Zealand in great shape' - English

NZ First chose Labour over National as its coalition partner, ending National's nine-year reign.

Jacinda Ardern - the next Prime Minister.

Labour to choose new Cabinet Friday night

The Cabinet will include not only her own MPs, but also four NZ First ministers.

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 19:  Prime Minister elect Jacinda Ardern speaks during a Labour Party announcement with Grant Robertson and Kelvin Davis at Parliament on October 19, 2017 in Wellington, New Zealand. After weeks of coalition negotiations, New Zealand First have announced their decision to form a coalition government with Labour and the Greens. With neither the National nor Labour parties winning enough seats in last month's general election to govern outright, New Zealand First was left holding the balance of power.  (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Gower: A true Government of change

Winston Peters and Jacinda Ardern will revolutionise politics and the economy, Patrick Gower writes.

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An 'historic moment' for the Greens - Shaw

The Greens will have three Ministers outside of Cabinet in the new Government.

Video -  Winston Peters' announcement.

Live: Ministerial roles for Green MPs in new Government

Jacinda Ardern hasn't confirmed whether Green MPs will hold positions within Cabinet.

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English vows to be 'strongest Opposition party ever'

He's now led his party to two defeats.

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Jacinda Ardern's new Government has spots for NZ First, Greens

She addressed the nation within hours of Winston Peter's announcement.

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Pitfalls and benefits in NZ First-Labour coalition Government

Coalition deals can go very badly for minor parties but they have their benefits.

Winston Peters announces an NZ First coalition with Labour.

Full video: Winston Peters announces next Government

Watch the moment we've waited for.

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Decision 17: Social media reacts

When you're faced with one of the most shocking political twists of the decade, you turn to Twitter.

Highlights: Watch Jacinda Ardern's full press conference.

Livestream: Winston Peters makes his choice

Labour will govern with NZ First.

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern, with deputy Kelvin Davis in tow.

The incredible rise of Jacinda Ardern

Labour's brand-new leader has come out victorious.

Bill English faces uncertain political future.

Bill English faces uncertain future after coalition snub

This is the second time National has lost an election on his watch.

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NZ's new Government: NZ First chooses Labour

The decision has been made.

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Livestream: Bill English speaks to media

Mr English is holding a press conference before meeting with National's caucus.

Lloyd Burr tells The AM Show he has no idea what Mr Peters will announce on Thursday afternoon.

The comprehensive list of Winston Peters' bottom lines

Which of these policies will we see in a new government?

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A brief history of NZ's MMP governments

The road to today's decision has been a complex one, with plenty of broken promises and waiting along the way.

Winston Peters is expected to make an announcement Thursday afternoon.

'We have to make up our mind' - Peters

Winston Peters is still to sit down with the NZ First caucus and board to make a final decision.