New Zealand Labor to lead next gov't backed by crucial partner party

NZ First leader Winston Peters arrives at Wellington airport on Monday morning to meet with his board as coalition talks

On Thursday, he told a media conference that his decision ultimately came down to choosing between the New Zealand National and Labour parties based on their potential for change. "We said we could do this, we will do this".

A boost in spending on conservation and an overhaul of the welfare system are two of a raft of concessions handed to the Greens in return for their support of the Labour-New Zealand First government.

Bishop took a major shot at Australian Labor leader Bill Shorten for an alleged involvement with the New Zealand Labour Party in exposing Barnaby Joyce's dual citizenship, describing the act as "highly unethical" and "treacherous behaviour".

Ardern, who only assumed office as the Labour leader on August 1, said the Green Party is still undertaking internal approval process before making a decision whether to join the Labour-led government.

Helen Clark has praised Jacinda Ardern on Twitter. "We said we could do this, we will do this".

Ardern said Winston Peters had been offered the deputy prime ministership, but had not said if he would accept the offer.

Ardern said she was "overwhelmingly humbled" to learn she would be Prime Minister.

Ms Ardern received a standing ovation at a meeting of her Labour Party.

Ms Ardern will work on portfolio allocations over the weekend and announce them next week, then the cabinet will be sworn in.

Further to that, Labor leader Shorten was also quick to congratulate Ardern for her "extraordinary energy" and campaigning for "inclusive, progressive policies, founded on universal Labo (u) r values" in a statement. The back of Jacinda Ardern's baseball card makes for good reading, and you can now add "youngest prime minister of New Zealand since 1856" to it.

"It was during Mr Peters opening remarks and comments that I really got a sense of that shared common ground, particularly that comment about all New Zealanders benefitting from economic prosperity - that was the moment I thought "he's going with us", Ardern told RNZ.

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