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As we went to print, NZ First leader Win­ston Peters and Labour leader Jacinda Ardern were about to meet to dis­cuss a pos­si­ble coali­tion agree­ment. This was hot on the heels of Win­ston’s phone call to Bill English, to dis­cuss a pos­si­ble al­liance with Na­tional. Then there are ru­mours of a Na­tional-Greens coali­tion, the ‘‘Teal Deal’’. All of this wait­ing around for Win­ston must be test­ing the pa­tients of Ki­wis who made the ef­fort to vote, but now wait for Mr Peters to de­cide who will gov­ern the coun­try. This is rem­i­nis­cent of post-elec­tions in 1996 (NZ First-Na­tional gov­ern­ment) and 2005 (NZ FirstLabour gov­ern­ment). Surely there must be a bet­ter way to elect a gov­ern­ment un­der MMP? Should there not be some clear rules whereby a coali­tion agree­ment must be in place by a cer­tain num­ber of days fol­low­ing the elec­tion? At the mo­ment there are no rules, no time­lines, no guide­lines, no in­de­pen­dent third party me­di­a­tor bring­ing the part­ners to­gether for talks. It’s sim­ply in the hands of Win­ston Peters.

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