Who should NZ First go with?

The big question that Winston Peters won’t answer is how NZ First would go into coalition with, if given the opportunity to decide by voters and by National or Labour.

There is a chance they won’t get to decided, if they miss the threshold (they have dropped to 6% in the latest Reid Research poll), or if National or Labour can form majorities without needing NZ First.

Poll swings make it hard to know what the possibilities might be. Yesterday’s Reid Research poll has National very close to forming a government on their own, but the last Colmar Brunton had them short even with NZ First, and Labour could have got there with Greens and perhaps Maori.

Herald-ZB-Kantar TNZ has a poll of what voters generally think.

“If New Zealand First had the power to decide which party should lead the government after the election, on what basis should it decide?”

  • 38% – should go with the party which gives it the most policies, regardless of size
  • 35% – should go with the party with the most seats
  • 27% – not sure

Missing from the options:

  • Winston will please himself who he goes with

That’s the mostly likely outcome (in consultation with the rest of the party of course) so this poll is pretty pointless. Winston has a long history of dismissing polls that don’t suit him.


  1. Patzcuaro

     /  September 13, 2017

    I think that NZ First should go with the party that it is most compatible with policy wise as this would be more likely to have longevity. They would of course have to have the numbers.

  2. PDB

     /  September 13, 2017

    Though he has lots of bottom lines I think Winston recently saying he couldn’t go into govt with Labour unless they tell us what their tax policies are is a shift away from Labour.

    Vanity alone means he will not share a stage with Ardern.

  3. George

     /  September 13, 2017

    Just leave the old sod out in the cold and make them the REALLY cross benches 🙂

    • Gezza

       /  September 13, 2017

      I reckon Winnie should go with Mana & the Maori Party. They’ll scrag him. Couldn’t happen to a nicer bloke. 👍🏼

      • Gezza

         /  September 13, 2017

        (Just kidding, Winnie 😉)

        • sorethumb

           /  September 13, 2017

          The grievances will keep on growing; the demands will keep getting bigger. What about all those poor descendants of Scottish folk who were turfed off their land during the clearances?

          • Gezza

             /  September 13, 2017


            1. What poor Scottish folk?
            2. What clearances?
            3. When was this?
            4. Where are their descendents now?
            5. They’re not hiding in my blimmin backyard, are they? 😳

  4. sorethumb

     /  September 13, 2017

    With the polls closing in just ten days, The Opportunities Party has launched a strategic voting campaign designed to remove Winston Peters and New Zealand First from their position as monarch makers in the New Zealand election.

    While still confident of a five percent plus outcome on election night, TOP believes that for either a National or Labour Government to make any progress on the important issues facing New Zealand, the regressive, racist and divisive politics of Winston Peters and his party must be removed from any post-election equation.

    To that end, the Party has identified 13 electorates it is standing in where, on current polling figures, the Labour and National candidates will enter Parliament on their party lists.
    To ensure TOP is in a position to stop the backwards conservatism of NZF holding sway over any New Government, the party is calling on National and Labour voters in the following electorates to make their local vote count by ticking TOP.
    I was leaning towards TOPS.
    Why is it o.k for Maori to be tribal but not Pakeha? Morgan is Hillary. having said that his comprehensive wealth tax (or whatever) would remove the incentive for current levels of immigration (I think).

    • Gezza

       /  September 14, 2017

      Why is it o.k for Maori to be tribal but not Pakeha?
      For heaven’s sake, thumbsta! Pull ya head out of it & have a good look round!
      This country is still full of Colonel Blimps who might takk through their noses at the back of their throats, but who think Maori ought to just forget about their iwi & join the Pakeka Tribe they belong to!

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