Election 2023: Christopher Luxon commits to being transparent Prime Minister despite locking media out from interviewing MPs

Christopher Luxon is the incoming Prime Minister, but a powerless one, unable to form a Government until special votes come in on November 3.

The only thing he can promise for now is who will be in his two top roles.

There has been no words of substance from National to enlighten the public about Government negotiations.

"I appreciate there'll be lots of reckons, lots of people interviewing typewriters. There'll be lots of people with comments," said Luxon.

Usually, media are allowed to question MPs as they head to caucus meetings, like outgoing MP Ian McKlevie off to say bye-bye. 

McKelvie told Newshub he planned to give a "very short" speech.

His colleagues said even less because the media - the eyes of the public in Parliament - were locked out.

Asked if he promised to be transparent and accountable as Prime Minister, Luxon said: "I'm going to be very much so yes."

He said he understood the media's role in democracy. 

There was an accountability promise, but he couldn't promise much else about the shape of the next Government besides two top roles.

"The only two people we've locked in is Prime Minister Chris Luxon and Finance Minister Nicola Willis," he said. 

Luxon appears to be keen not to take on a portfolio himself, perhaps just being the minister of glue.

"In a coalition Government I want to make sure I'm building those relationships, making sure we've got strong stable Government. I think a lot of my role will be making sure we've got good glue."

He's going to need a lot of glue to hold together a Government with ACT, which is pumped up with its new caucus members. There's also New Zealand First, who've kept a low profile since the election.

Newshub understands Winston Peters is due to touch down in Wellington on Wednesday.

It is most certainly not Peters' first time on the precinct, but because he's technically a newbie this term, he'll have to come here to the induction hall.

That is where freshers are welcomed and learn everything from how to make laws and how to book flights. 

But even before he's been inducted, Peters has warned economics might be stacked against election promises.

Luxon on Tuesday said National had made a "very big commitment to deliver tax relief for low and middle-income New Zealanders and that will happen".

But Peters said, "some of the promises you heard in this campaign won't be worth confetti". 

Asked about ACT leader David Seymour and Peters' concerns about National's tax plans, Luxon walked off.

It won't be so easy to walk away from the negotiating table.