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The wait con­tin­ues for Win­ston Pe­ters and his NZ First out­fit to make up their minds about who to side with to form a coali­tion gov­ern­ment. The longer he takes the more time it al­lows for an un­likely po­lit­i­cal com­bi­na­tion to gain favour. Yes, I’m talk­ing about a Na­tional-Greens coali­tion. The Green Party has said no, Na­tional has said, let’s talk about it. The Greens will be wor­ried about fall­ing out of favour with its hard-core sup­port­ers if it forms a gov­ern­ment with Na­tional, and pos­si­bly, suf­fer­ing the same fate as the Maori Party. Na­tional will be look­ing for a way to block out Win­ston, and prob­a­bly thinks it has more con­trol over the Greens than it would a part­ner­ship with NZ First. Some are call­ing the Na­tional-Green prospect the ‘‘Teal Deal’’, com­bin­ing the blue and green colours of the par­ties. Is it time vot­ers started think­ing out­side of the box and form newlook coali­tions or are we doomed to a re­peat of 1996 and 2005, when Win­ston de­cided who should lead New Zealand? Look­ing for­ward to your feed­back and the out­come.

Lawrence Gullery

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