Election 2023: No Government one month on

One month on from votes being cast - and no - we don't have a Government.

National leader Christopher Luxon has officially pulled the pin on his plan to travel to the APEC summit as coalition negotiations stretch on. 

Into windy Wellington Luxon came on Tuesday morning.

"We've got a great week ahead of us, we're going to make some progress," he said. 

And ACT leader David Seymour.

"I don't think anyone is in a position to say they are certain when this finishes because there are three different people and everyone says they want it to go faster, I certainly do," he said. 

But the two spent the whole day waiting for three.

"There may well be a meeting of three, yes," said Seymour. 

The New Zealand First caucus gathered - and there was no public sign of their chief.

Winston Peters was playing the ultimate game of hide-and-seek. 

Asked where the boss was, Shane Jones said: "We're on our way to have a group solidarity lunch... those discussions are still well and truly underway."

He denied there was an impasse. His team were either out of the loop or in on the game. 

Jones wouldn't say where Peters was, just noting that Seymour and Luxon were in Wellington.

This is not a case of two out of three ain't bad. 

"Ultimately three have to agree, everyone can get into the blame game and say it's those guys," said Seymour.

"I think it's fair to say each party has issues that the other one doesn't like so much and I think each party knows they are going to have to come to a compromise." 

But compromise is not a quick trick. Luxon had to finally fold on his target of flying to San Francisco for APEC.

Tax has been a sticky issue. National's centrepiece campaign promise of tax cuts funded partly by a tax on offshore property buyers doesn't have the full support of its potential partners. 

Seymour said he hoped to get tax issues resolved this week.

Newshub understands both ACT and New Zealand First were unhappy with being low-balled by National - leading to the great thawing of New Zealand First-ACT relations and multiple meetings of the minor partners. 

"If you look at the way it's played out, it's starting to take longer than people had expected... some people want a fast deal, I think it's more important to get a good deal," said Seymour.

But only one of those leaders was happy enough to fly in to meet National.