Deciding new government, but NZ First won't name its board members

Deciding new government, but NZ First won't name its board members

The main conservative and liberal parties are competing to form a government after an election last month ended inconclusively.

Two days after undertaking to release a list of the board of the New Zealand First party board, its president Brent Catchpole has changed his mind.

But on Thursday he said any decision would need to be ratified by his party's board, which would meet Saturday at the earliest and possibly Sunday or Monday.

Peters, a veteran New Zealand politician who has now held the balance of power three times, has said he would only make a decision on which party to back after the final tally and after the results become official on October 12.

Catchpole said "some of the board members have requested for their names not to be disclosed and so it's either all or nothing so you won't be getting that list" and questioned why the board membership was of public interest.

NZ First leader Winston Peters is framed by the lift doors as he heads back to his office after coalitions talks with Labour at Parliament today. You wouldn't want to have a serious discussion like this, over hours on the technology of Skype.

It is unclear what the sticking points will be for Peters, a politician who has served in previous National and Labour governments.

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"I didn't set the deadline", he said.

English was not available for comment and has kept a low profile during the negotiations.

Jacinda Ardern's liberal Labour Party, which is aligned with the small Green Party, hopes it can lead the next government. "It's a given that this process should take some time".

"We've got to make a decision".

It is the third time Peters, best known as an anti-immigration campaigner, has found himself in the role of kingmaker under New Zealand's proportional voting system.

New Zealand's major political parties will be meeting on Sunday, with the small nationalist party that holds the balance of power after the September 23 election expected to hold talks about the formation of the next government.

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