Sssshhh, don’t tell anyone

NZH: Winston Peters in secret one-on-one meetings with National leader Bill English and Labour leader Jacinda Ardern tonight

NZ First leader Winston Peters is holding secret one on one meetings with National leader Bill English and Labour leader Jacinda Ardern tonight, straight after the NZ First board meeting packed up with no decision made.

The Herald saw Peters meet with English almost immediately after the NZ First board left.

English was on his own without staff or any of his negotiating team. Peters was also believed to be alone – his chief of staff was not in the room.

The Herald saw English leave soon after 6pm, after about half an hour in the room.

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern has also just left the room after meeting Peters.

The secrecy was such that Ardern took a different route than usual to get to the room which bypassed any media.

Clarifying a few matters? Or playing one off against the other? Secret meetings invite speculation.

Newshub:  Winston Peters holds secret meetings

National leader Bill English confirmed to Newshub he met with Mr Peters. Ms Ardern was seen rushing away from Parliament.

“I can confirm I met with Mr Peters, but I won’t be commenting on the contents of that meeting,” he said.

Asked what he could tell New Zealanders about the next steps to a government, Mr English replied: “We’ll let you know”.


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  1. Blazer

     /  17th October 2017


  2. Just catching up the day’s happenings. Here’s an interesting bit of research from NewsHub
    I wonder if pollies ever feel any regret or remorse for some of the stuff they spout.

    • Gezza

       /  17th October 2017

      Depends on the politician & what if anything it ends up costing them – in either voter support or Court – I expect – at least for the regret part.

    • Pickled Possum

       /  17th October 2017

      Evening Duncan
      How can he even think about teaming up with … “a government of non-achievers, that have woefuly failed”. His words. Dang it.
      Embarassing for him.
      Telling for us tho.

    • High Flying Duck

       /  18th October 2017

      How can an organisation promote themselves as a serious news network when they headline stories about “sick burns”. Are the headline writers 12?

      • Gezza

         /  18th October 2017

        No, but that’s the reading age they aim for, I was taught on me Guvermint-funded Communications & Public Relations night classes.


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