Seats in Parliament

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  • Labour Party 46
  • New Zealand First Party 9
  • Green Party 8
  • ACT New Zealand 1
  • Total 120

Meka Whaitiri

Labour Party

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Winston Peters rules out NZ First coalition with Labour

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New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has ruled out forming a coalition government with Labour after the next election.

Peters was 'kingmaker' in 2017, choosing a coalition with Labour over National, but this time has taken that option firmly off the table.

"No one gets to lie to me twice," Peters has told the NZ Herald.

"We are not going to go with the Labour Party, this present Labour Party crowd, because they can't be trusted."

Peters says this does not mean he will be "rushing off" to National, however.


Brazil presidential election: What's on the line for indigenous peoples?

Rituraj Sapkota is a Whakaata Maōri videographer, journalist and foreign correspondent

Brazil: Iza Majahua Tapuia is on a boat on Rio Tapajós, a major tributary of the Amazon river, when she responds to my request for an interview. She sends me a photo of her on the boat and a video of a motorboat skimming along a river alongside theirs.

“Estou chegando da aldeia. (I am coming from the village). “You can send me the questions.”


Winston Peters starts his election campaign with a prediction

Onetime kingmaker, now psychic? New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is predicting a snap general election that Labour will lose and he says his party is ready for a political comeback.

He asserts the Labour government lacks authenticity and credibility.

Peters is predicting problems in Labour will lead to a snap election.

But he says NZ First is ready. “We have already had big meetings. The attendance has been massive.

He says supporters are more ready than they ever have been before.


Winston Peters attacks Labour government and policies based 'purely on race'

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Winston Peters has levelled a blistering attack on the Labour government at NZ First's party conference in Christchurch on Saturday.

"This is one of the worst governments by itself that we have ever, ever seen.

"It's a circus, you talk about economics 101? They can't even work that out."

The former Deputy Prime Minister, who encouraged supporters to get ready for "the comeback trail", is predicting a snap election.


National, ACT could govern alone

Act, the political party that says a bottom line for it to agree to partner National in a government is a referendum on keeping the Treaty of Waitangi, has seen its popularity drift south this month.

The party dropped three points in this month’s Taxpayers' Union-Curia political poll, down to just over 9%.

The poll shows National and Act could govern alone, with National increasing its support by two points from September to 39%.

National does not support a referendum on the Treaty.


Māori ward councillors now 20% of Northland lineup

New Whangārei councillor Phoenix Ruka is one of Northland's nine first-time Māori ward councillors. Photo / Local Democracy Reporting

By Susan Botting, Local Democracy Reporter Northland

Northland democracy has taken a major step forward with the election of nine new Māori ward councillors in the 2022 local government elections.

The new councillors will make up 20% of the region’s political leadership across Far North District Council, Kaipara District Council, Whangārei District Council and Northland Regional Council.


'I'm just so humbled': Allanah Burgess, Marlborough's first Māori ward councillor

Photo credit: Anthony Phelps / Stuff

By Maia Hart, Local Democracy Reporter

Allanah Burgess was surrounded by whānau when she found out she would be the first person to represent Marlborough's Māori ward on the District Council.

"Everyone got up and did a wee mihi for me, and sung a waiata, I can't even think of words at the moment, I'm just so humbled," Burgess said.

Manager of Waikawa Marae, Burgess said she wanted to be the person that Māori in Marlborough could approach to talk to about things of importance.


RSE worker cap increased, workers given sick leave

The government has increased its Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme (RSE) workers cap by 3,000 places to 19,000 workers from countries in the Pacific bringing workforce relief to horticulture and vineyards.

It's a 19 percent increase from the previous season, says Immigration Minister Michael Wood, and is a call to get the balance right of incentives for local employment, more workers and improving their working conditions.

Wood says he is confident that workplace shortage relief will happen more as summer approaches.

Whangārei iwi takes a look at Māori ward candidates

The establishment of Māori wards is expected to help boost voter turnout in this year's local body elections.

In Northland, nearly 40,000 people on the Māori roll are entitled to vote and candidates in the Whangārei district are hoping key issues that affect Māori will encourage more to cast a vote next month.

Candidates for Māori wards Nicki Wakefield, Pauline Hopa, Simon Mitchell, Phoenix Ruka, and Deb Harding met at Terenga Paraoa marae in Whangārei, for an opportunity to meet voters and pitch why they should get their vote.

Minister tries relationship rebuild with India

Is there hope for a future India-New Zealand trade alliance?

India is among New Zealand's top 15 trading partners with two-way trade in goods and services, worth $2.2 billion but the two countries have never managed to agree on New Zealand's favourite kind of agreement, an FTA without tariffs, or even a limited agreement.

New blood for Manurewa Local Board

With local council elections to open for voting in just a few days, the race is on to see who will become the next generation of local body politicians.

Raniera Pene and Jonaan Mcleod are two young up-and-comers from Labour who are standing for the Manurewa Local Board, an area that has a large number of Māori but few Māori representatives.

Mcleod says Māoritanga is embedded in her, and her community of Manurewa.

"My values are steeped in tangata whenua and being Māori, and working in kaupapa Māori. So that's the fabric I come from."

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