NZ First will hold joint caucus and board meeting on Monday to discuss government formation, Winston Peters says

New Zealand First’s board and caucus will hold a joint meeting in Wellington on Monday (October 16) to discuss whether to go into coalition with Labour or National, or go with any of the seven other options in front of them, party leader Winston Peters says.

He made the comment to media early on Friday afternoon, part-way through a day-long caucus meeting.

Negotiations with Labour and National ended on Thursday, although Peters said NZ First might still make contact by phone or text over certain matters, thought to include potential Ministerial roles.

Radio NZ on Friday morning reported a number of interesting details about some of the 14 board members (the number includes Peters and his deputy Ron Mark). Newshub also has an overview of them.

Peters is keen for a large majority of the board and caucus to vote for whichever way they choose – we’ve reported that could be as high as 95%. There are 21 of them.