Government formation may not come until later this week, Prime Minister Bill English said Monday morning, as Kingmaker New Zealand First readied for an all-day board and caucus meeting to discuss which way to go.
Meanwhile, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters said at 4:30pm Monday that internal talks between his board and caucus on post-election negotiations were ongoing, and that the meeting would likely run for several more hours. The meeting began at 10:30am.
Speaking on several media Monday morning, English said there were still outstanding issues to be decided on, meaning Winston Peters' board was not choosing between completed agreements. Issues include Ministerial positions.
"There's still more discussion to be had about the nature of a coalition or other form of confidence and supply agreement - those discussions are yet to be had," English said on three's AM show.
He told Radio NZ that discussions had taken place over the weekend between National and NZ First to clarify certain policy positions.