A Labour, Green Party and New Zealand First coalition would work well if those parties formed a government following the November 26 election, Labour finance spokesman David Cunliffe says.
Answering questions on a NZHerald live chat, Cunliffe was asked whether a Labour/Greens/NZ First/Hone Harawira coalition would be a strong government.
Cunliffe said Labour leader Phil Goff had ruled out Harawira being part of an incoming Labour-led government.
"At the end of the day, voters decide who is in parliament and we will work with the options the electorate gives us. I have every confidence that Labour, Greens (with whom we share a passion for our environment) and NZ First (with whom we share concerns around National selling our assets) would work well," Cunliffe said.
But Labour might be in need of the Maori Party as well as the Greens and NZ First to form a government, with the latest iPredict weekly election snapshot showing it would be almost able to squeeze in with those partners if NZ First gets 5% of the general vote without having to rely on Hone Harawira's Mana Party.
United Future leader Peter Dunne, an ex-Labour MP and former Labour coalition partner, has ruled out working with Labour following the November 26 election due to Labour's tax policy, which includes a capital gains tax and higher top personal tax rate.
Although the majority of their economic policies are similar, such as restricing sales of farmland to foreigners and changing monetary policy to focus more on controlling the exchange rate, a sticking point bewteen Labour and Winston Peters' New Zealand First would be Labour's recently announced intention to raise the retirement age from 65 to 67 between 2020 and 2033.
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Labour appears to be gaining some traction more recently, with the latest 3 News Reid Research poll showing its support has lifted to 30.2 percent while National's is on 52.3 percent.
The poll had the Green Party's support on 9.4 percent, giving a Labour coalition some 40 percent.