Can Jacinda count?

It appears that Jacinda Ardern can’t count when it comes to wanting to stop oil and gas exploration.

She is going to need NZ First’s votes to get her plans across the line and they appear toey to say the least:

New Zealand First will not compromise on its agreed position around oil and gas exploration, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters says.

We will not compromise what we’ve agreed on,” Peters said on Tuesday.

“[New Zealand First] has assigned a fair bit of time and a lot of people to make sure that we know exactly where this is going in line with what we’ve agreed with the Labour Party.”

It was not immediately clear what agreement he was referring to as it is not contained in the coalition agreement between Labour and New Zealand First.

A spokesman for Peters later clarified that Peters was talking about NZ First’s policy position which is “to support the extractive industries while ensuring core conservation values are maintained“.

The Coalition Government is at a critical point in its decision-making over the future of oil and gas exploration permits, with announcements on the future of the annual block-offer tender system expected within weeks.

The New Zealand First support for the extractive industries is at odds with Labour’s confidence and supply partner the Green Party’s aim of halting all new mining permits.

But Peters said his party supported the decision-making process, and confirmed future and offshore permits were “in the mix” for future consideration but current permits were safe.

He suggested the National Party would have to support any decision Labour and New Zealand First made, even if the Greens did not.

“There is a massive majority in the House, I would have thought, for where Labour and New Zealand First go on this matter … where’s the National Party going to go?”

Where the National party will go is to oppose the halting of oil and gas exploration, which is what Jacinda Ardern has hinted at. NZ First will have to go with that too or lose the support of the provinces that they have been building on.

It is Ardern who has nowhere to go because it appears she can’t count.


-NZ Herald

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