Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern has given her front bench 48 hours to compare the policy platforms of Labour, New Zealand First and the Green Party in preparation for negotiations for the three parties to form a government.
The three parties returned 61 seats between them at Saturday's election - exactly the number required to command a majority in Parliament. Special votes expected on 7 October, accounting for 15% of the vote, are expected to favour Labour and the Greens, indicating that number could rise by one or two seats at the expense of National.
It is thought that intense negotiations won't begin until those votes are in, although National Party leader Bill English said this morning that he would be reaching out to Peters in the next few days to kick off talks. Labour is likely to do the same.
Ardern maintained that Labour would stick to its Budget Responsibility Rules when running the ruler over policy costings. She said it had been indicated to her that Treasury resources will be made available to help on the costings front. You can see all her comments in the video above.
Labour's deputy leader, Kelvin Davis, said he had not had any contact with Peters - the two know each other well. Davis said he had reached out to a couple of NZ First members to congratulate them - this included Shane Jones, who Davis said he hadn't heard back from.
Meanwhile, the Green Party also released its negotiating team. You can read its release below:
The Green Party is today announcing the team that will lead its negotiations to form the next government.
The team consists of:
-Co-leader James Shaw
-Musterer and MP Eugenie Sage
-Acting Chief of Staff Tory Whanau
-Party Co-Convenor Debs Martin
-Party Campaign Committee member Andrew Campbell
“Our team has the experience and expertise to represent the interests of the Green Party, its members and its supporters in the negotiations to come,” said Mr Shaw.
“While formal negotiations have yet to start, I think it’s important to be transparent about who’s being entrusted to lead our team when they do.
“The negotiation team is supported by a reference group with broad expertise, including Jeanette Fitzsimons and other senior figures in the Green Party.
“I want to assure Green Party members and the public that we go into these negotiations in good faith and with the best interests of all New Zealanders at heart.
“Forming a stable, progressive government and advancing the Green Party’s priorities of real climate action, cleaning up our rivers and ending poverty are all top of mind.
“We also know that New Zealanders want these negotiations to be undertaken professionally and promptly; the Green Party will honour that,” said Mr Shaw.