Newshub Nation: Panelists react to new coalition agreement between National, ACT, NZ First

  • 25/11/2023

New Zealand has a new Government now National, ACT and NZ First have signed their formal coalition agreements.   

Speaking on Newshub Nation's panel, Newstalk ZB political editor Jason Walls said incoming Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has done well.   

"Looking at what Christopher Luxon has achieved, it's not just one party in coalition and one in confidence and supply, it's actually three parties in coalition."

This is the first time this has happened in New Zealand’s MMP history and Walls said: "You've got to give him a lot of credit for getting Winston Peters and David Seymour around the table."

However, Walls pointed to a "major blemish" that stood out to him.  

"They've had to ditch the foreign buyers' tax and it leaves them with a remarkable hole in their flagship policy."  

Host of RNZ's Mata, Mihirangi Forbes said: "Anyone who is working in the margins with vulnerable women and ethnicities and Māori were probably bracing themselves for some change of direction but I think they [National, ACT, and NZ First] burnt the house down."

NBR senior journalist Dita De Boni said the agreement was a "big f-you to Māori across the country".  

She conceded there were some "interesting business things that are quite good, but I would call it a boomer manifesto on the social side".  

The panel then went into the specifics of the agreement, such as the shared deputy Prime Minister role, how National will fund its tax cuts and ACT's Bill on the Treaty of Waitangi principles.   

Watch their full discussion in the video above.   

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