Deputy Prime Minister and the rest NZ First were freely given by Labour

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters will become Deputy Prime Minister once the new Government is sworn in on Thursday.

The Labour-NZ First coalition agreement was signed at Parliament this afternoon and has been released publicly.

Mr Peters, who was first elected to Government in 1978, has previously served as Deputy Prime Minister from 1996 – 1998.

New Zealand First will have four Cabinet positions in the new Government and one under-secretary role.

NZ First’s portfolios will include

Foreign Affairs,


Regional Economic Development,

Internal Affairs,



Veterans’ Affairs,



State Owned Enterprises,


Associate Finance,

Associate Education and an

Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Regional Economic Development.

Not bad for 7%.

As a NZ First voter, I think I got the best bang for the buck.

The real question is – how much of that would have been an absolute deal breaker for a National/NZ First government?

Bugger all.

These policy concessions may not be acceptable to a lot of our readers, but they look pretty close to the political position National already took for the last decade.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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