Revealed: What parties asked officials during coalition negotiations

Revealed: What parties asked officials during coalition negotiations
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Newly released documents reveal the requests made by the Labour, National and Green parties during the coalition negotiation process.

The State Services Commission released the documents on Friday, which detail the information parties sought from officials between the election and the formation of the new Government.

The documents show a request from the Green party on the costs of lifting the refugee quota to 4000, and Labour wanted to know the expected costs of future collective agreement negotiations and equal pay settlements.

There were no requests from New Zealand First during the process. 

The Greens sought to find out how much funding Predator Free 2050 needed to achieve its goal, and once she become Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage hit out at the previous government for a lack of funding and commitment to the goal. 

They also asked what the economic costs would be of banning any new coal mines, new offshore drilling consents and new fracking consents indefinitely.

Labour sought costings on rail from Auckland to Northport, and the costs of boosting the minimum wage to $20 per hour - a policy that emerged in the Labour - NZ First coalition agreement.

National's only request was for an urgent meeting with immigration officials, in particular to discuss the "interface between overall residents number and the skilled migrant category".