Outstanding issues, including Cabinet positions, mean NZ First board not debating completed agreements Monday, PM English says; Govt formation could come later this week

Government formation may not come until later this week, Prime Minister Bill English has said, as Kingmaker New Zealand First readies for an all-day board meeting to discuss which way to go.

Speaking on several media Monday morning, English said there were still outstanding issues to be decided on, meaning Winston Peters’ board was not choosing between completed agreements. Issues include Ministerial positions.

“There’s still more discussion to be had about the nature of a coalition or other form of confidence and supply agreement – those discussions are yet to be had,” English said on three’s AM show.

He told Radio NZ that discussions had taken place over the weekend between National and NZ First to clarify certain policy positions.

The New Zealand First board meeting is slated to begin at 10:30am.