An announcement about an announcement…

A short time ago Winston peters made an announcement that he will make an announcement about the NZ First decision on government tomorrow afternoon, Some time. Maybe.

But there will be more to do from there, the Greens won’t make their decision and announcement until they now what the NZ First decision is.

Winston’s full press release:

New Zealand First will be in a position tomorrow afternoon to make an announcement on the result of negotiations following the 2017 General Election.

New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters said he had spoken to the leaders of the National Party and the Labour Party today and, amongst other matters, advised them of that.

That announces very little.

Reports from Stuff  Live: Choosing a new government on what the greens will do from there:

From what I understand speaking to Green Party people off the record, that standing conference call with their members to ratify any deal won’t be tonight. In fact it can only happen after Peters makes his decision public tomorrow (and of course only if he decides to go with the left). Which means if he does go that way we could have an announcement from Peters in the afternoon but no confirmed government until the evening.

It’s also possible that Peters could send Labour a final agreement document before actually making a decision, and the Greens could get their Labour/Greens package ratified – all before Peters makes anything public. There are going to be a lot of moving parts tomorrow morning.

Green leader James Shaw says the party will not be holding its conference call, with its up to 155 delegates, tonight.

He said the decision not to go ahead with the call tonight was made mid-afternoon.

So it predated Winston Peters’ public statement that he would make an announcement on Thursday on the result of negotiations following the 2017 General Election.

I won’t be planning my Labour weekend around this, but a few MPs and Parliamentary workers may be busy.

UPDATE: another announcement, this one from Bill English:

National is holding a caucus meeting tomorrow at 11 am in Wellington to provide MPs with an update on coalition talks. A separate teleconference will then take place with the National party board.

We stress that we have had no indication of what decision New Zealand First will make.

We have no further comment at this stage.


  1. Blazer

     /  October 18, 2017

    who put Chivas my..Chivas Regal!

  2. patupaiarehe

     /  October 18, 2017

    The media are writing stories about nothing, just to justify their jobs. When a decision is made, there will be something to report. Take a 5 day weekend Paddy, the world will still be here on Monday…

    • patupaiarehe

       /  October 18, 2017

      And Tuesday… 😉

      • PDB

         /  October 18, 2017

        Whoever Winston goes with will not be there after the 2020 election…

        • patupaiarehe

           /  October 18, 2017

          Can I borrow that crystal ball of yours Pants? I only want to know the lotto numbers for this Saturday… 😛

  3. News Alert

    Ok. Take this as gossip or what. Allegedly from a member of the NZF board relayed to friend of friend.

    Late mail. Apparently Peters is going with Nats. Apparently what swung it was Nats agreeing to not contesting certain seats next election. Apparently immigration was a sticking point for a while but don’t know outcome. No idea of structure.

    60% ( including Chair) wanted Labour but Peters swung it Nats way.

    Not sure at all about this, but my source feels it’s reliable.

    • patupaiarehe

       /  October 18, 2017

      It’s just a rumor. And you started it Trav 😉 I heard on the wireless at midday today, that NZF were going with Labour, but ‘The Rock’ isn’t what I’d consider a ‘reliable source’….

      • Someone just tweeted that an Aussie betting outfit just switched the odds from a National to a Labour led government.

        • patupaiarehe

           /  October 18, 2017

          An overseas observer couldn’t be faulted, for opining that this whole country has a bad case of ADHD. A govt will be formed when it is good & ready, in the meantime keep taking your Ritalin. FFS!