Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


National deal with New Zealand First unlikely

National deal with New Zealand First unlikely

The National party is unlikely to offer a confidence and supply agreement to New Zealand First according to Dr Ryan Malone, Director Training and Research at Civicsquare.

“National’s success is unprecedented under MMP,” says Dr Malone. “New Zealand has never been in a situation where one party can form a government on its own under this electoral system.”

“Nonetheless, the National Party will form a confidence and supply agreement with ACT, United Future, and the Maori Party because it has worked well with these parties in the previous Parliament. MMP encourages more of a consensus style of politics and so National will offer ministerial position to those parties with whom it has worked in the previous Parliament,” says Dr Malone.

“It could also offer New Zealand First a similar deal but is unlikely to do so. Three confidence and supply agreements for National is probably sufficient. Plus, the relationship between National and New Zealand First is fraught in some areas. Having New Zealand First inside the government tent - even for 1 or 2 portfolios - would likely be a bridge too far,” says Dr Malone.

“It is possible that National and New Zealand First might sign a co-operation agreement where they agree to implement a couple of shared policy areas. This would allow National and New Zealand First to build a more permanent relationship with an eye to the 2017 election. But a co-operation agreement may not even be on National’s radar given tonight’s results” says Dr Malone.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Our Weird Ways Of Funding Care For The Dying

National Party leader Judith Collins thinks the government’s traffic light system for emerging from Covid lockdowns is “confusing.” Perhaps she could be looking in the mirror because in recent weeks, National has hardly been a model of crystalline clarity. On RNZ this morning Collins was calling for the scrapping of all vaccine certificates and mandates once we hit 90% double dose vaccination. Yet in recent weeks, Chris Bishop, National’s Covid spokesperson has been indicating that vaccine certificates and employment mandates will be, and should be, part of our new Covid landscape... More>>

Covid-19: Two Cases Notified In Christchurch Last Evening

The Ministry of Health was notified last evening of two positive COVID-19 cases in Christchurch from the same household. One member of the household had recently returned to Christchurch from Auckland. The local public health unit is gathering information from the cases to identify close contacts and exposure events, including any locations of interest... More>>


Government: Considers Regulatory Safeguards For Three Waters Services
Public feedback is being sought on the regulatory safeguards required to ensure consumers and communities receive three waters services that meet their needs, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister, Dr David Clark announced today... More>>

Three Waters: Government To Protect Vital Public Water Services For Future Generations
Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta today confirmed the Government will create four publicly owned water entities to ensure every New Zealander has access to affordable, long-lasting drinking, waste and storm water infrastructure... More>>


Government: Responds To Independent Review Into WorkSafe

The Government has clear expectations that WorkSafe must action the recommendations of the independent review into the regulator to improve its management of adventure activities following the tragedy at Whakaari White Island, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood says... More>>

Government: First Step In Managed Isolation Changes; Expanding QFT With Pacific

The Government is starting a phased easing of border restrictions that will see the time spent in an MIQ facility halved for fully vaccinated overseas arrivals from 14 November and home isolation introduced in the first quarter of 2022 at the latest, Chris Hipkins said today... More>>





InfoPages News Channels