Election 2023: Wild Christopher Luxon, David Seymour, Winston Peters press conference begins reign of historic Government

Strap in New Zealand, we're about to have a very different kind of Government.   

For the first time in our history it'll be a three-party coalition and a lot of change is coming your way.   

That includes two deputy Prime Ministers - New Zealand First leader Winston Peters and ACT leader David Seymour will share the job, splitting the three-year term in half, with Peters going first.   

In terms of policies, National managed to get its tax cuts across the line - sort of. Most Kiwi households will get a tax cut from July, but plans to fund it with a foreign buyers tax are axed. Landlord tax cuts are coming sooner.   

ACT has secured support for a Bill on defining the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi - but there will not be a referendum.    

New Zealand First has won a COVID-19 inquiry which will investigate the efficacy of the vaccine and the use of multiple lockdowns.   

Fair Pay agreements will be gone by Christmas, 90-day trials are back, and beneficiaries will be subject to harsher sanctions including electronic money management in some cases.   

On the chopping block is the world-first legislation designed to create a Smokefree generation. The Māori Health Authority will be scrapped. Infrastructure projects including light rail, Lets Get Wellington Moving and the Lake Onslow electricity scheme have been nixed. Māori names for most Government agencies will be gone, and so will Three Waters.   

There's a whole lot of policies to replace them, as was revealed on a major day in New Zealand politics.   

The three leaders - Christopher Luxon, Peters, and Seymour - found their formation and strode into power together.    

"What we have achieved together, I think is historic, it's in fact the very first time in New Zealand's MMP history we have had a three-party coalition Government with all parties represented in Cabinet," said Luxon.   

Sharing the baubles between them.  

"I will be the Prime Minister, Mr Peters will be deputy Prime Minister for first half of the term, and Mr Seymour for the second half," Luxon said.    

Finally speaking as one after weeks locked away in secret talks.   

"I'm here with ACT leader David Seymour and New Zealand First leader Winston Peters and I want to publicly thank both of them for the way our negotiations were conducted so professionally, with good will and with good faith," said Luxon.   

Seymour said: "I have worked with Winston Peters and Christopher Luxon and while negotiations have been robust so has the growth in respect amongst us."   

Peters said: "These were long, difficult and complicated talks, arduous in extreme, and we expected nothing less."   

The three newfound amigos' first spin at the podiums of power was a wild ride, with Peters taking just 45 seconds to return to form.   

"Please don't be mathematical morons," he said at one point.  

His coalition partners were clearly uncomfortable, having to reign him in already.   

"If you wanna argue with me you should've been there before the election maybe I would've got more votes," Peters told media.   

He kicked off once more when Newshub dared suggest he was sharing the Deputy Prime Minister role with Seymour.   

"We're not co-deputies, get it right for a start," he said.   

"We're not sharing it either. I'm taking the first 18 months and David's taking the second 18 months."

Labour leader Chris Hipkins later said: "Every parent knows when you're taking turns at something that's a form of sharing."   

Asked if they all trust each other, off Peters went again.   

"We don't answer stupid questions... please understand what real life looks like for adults."  

Seymour said he trusted all ministers in the incoming Cabinet.  

Trust or not they are now wedded to one another. The deal is done. This is the Coalition Government.   

The three wise men came bearing the gifts of their gruelling negotiations.   

"In our coalition agreement we went to the wire for our people in the same way David Seymour did for his and Christopher Luxon did for his as well and that's the nature of these talks," said Peters.   

National convinced the others to adopt its entire 100-day plan and crucially its tax plan, except they're gonna have to find some more money to fund it.   

"As part of National's agreement with New Zealand First, the proposed foreign buyer tax will no longer go ahead," Luxon said.     

The three promised better government and a more unified country.   

"We in New Zealand First for our part know there's going to be a much, much better Government," said Peters.   

Seymour said the Government would unite New Zealand, rather than divide.    

But they're embarking on a controversial agenda.   

There will be a broader inquiry into the COVID-19 response - including the efficacy of the vaccine and lockdowns - fought for by Peters.   

"All we're saying is we want to broaden the terms of the COVID inquiry, so it considers more things," said Luxon.    

There are transformative changes to Treaty interpretation and te reo Māori use, including removing the Māori names of government departments and requiring them to communicate in English.    

"We will no longer be treating people differently based on ethnicity as a starting point, we will be focusing public services on need," said Seymour.

And the Government will be wading into the gender identity culture wars - with New Zealand First's pledges to strip gender, sexuality and relationship education out of school curriculum, along with a policy around gender in sport.    

"This is definitely going to be a Government that will drive more New Zealanders apart and lead to more polarisation of the country than we've seen to date," said Hipkins.   

Democracy delivered us this Government, now over to them to deliver their promise of strong and stable.