On 19 October Winston Peters, the leader of New Zealand First, told a press conference that he had decided to form a coalition government with Jacinda Ardern and the Labour Party. This announcement surprised most political observers. It had been widely assumed that, since polling took place on 23 September, negotiations had been moving towards … Continue reading New Zealand Update: A New Coalition Government is Formed
The National Party Comes Out Ahead: In the recent parliamentary elections, on 23 September, New Zealand’s centre-right National Party led by Bill English (born 1961) gained 44.4% of the vote and 56 parliamentary seats. This represented a loss of 3 seats compared to the results in September 2014, but left the National Party as significantly … Continue reading New Zealand: Can the National Party Secure a Fourth Parliamentary Term?