As it happened: Greens sign cooperation agreement with Labour Government

The cooperation agreement offered to the Green Party by the Labour Government has officially been signed.

Greens' co-leaders James Shaw and Marama Davidson signed the agreement during a press conference on Sunday, alongside Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Deputy Leader Kelvin Davis. About 85 percent of roughly 150 Green Party delegates voted in favour of the deal in a lengthy conference call on Saturday night.

The deal, outlined by Ardern on Saturday, grants ministerial positions to Shaw and Davidson, who will hold four portfolios between them - with Shaw retaining his role as Climate Change Minister. 

He has also been offered Associate Minister for the Environment with a focus on biodiversity. 

Davidson, who has never held a ministerial position before, was offered the new position of Minister for the Prevention of Family and Sexual Violence, as well as Associate Minister of Housing with a focus on homelessness.

Under the agreement, the parties will also commit to three areas of cooperation regarding climate, environment and child and community wellbeing issues.

In a landslide victory on October 17, Labour won 64 seats in Parliament - a landmark moment allowing the party to govern alone without a coalition. However, Ardern explained the cooperation agreement with the Greens was finalised as she wants the Government to be representative of all New Zealanders. 

The Greens won 7.6 percent of the party vote in the preliminary results and nabbed two additional seats in Parliament, including the unprecedented victory of Chloe Swarbrick in the Auckland Central electorate. 

Watch the livestream above.