Winston says he's inching closer to a decision

National Party leader Bill English addresses media before heading into a caucus meeting this morning (photo: Jerry Yelich-O'Connor)

Bill English addressing media before his caucus meeting this morning.

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POST LUNCH UPDATE: After finishing his 1pm breakfast at a popular Wellington Vietnamese restaurant, Mr Peters told waiting reporters he feels as though he has come a bit closer to making a decision and feels better about the process after eating some food.

The next step is going back and “going through all the latest information we have.”

Asked what the latest information was, he says it’s “coming in as we speak” and the talks are still going on.

But, asked if more concession were being offered, he says “not of that nature, no.”

Mr Peters refused to answer if New Zealand would be getting a decision today.

Earlier he said although NZ First is yet to make a final decision on which party it is siding with, it wasn't far away.

He says there has been communications with both parties “all the time.”

Asked if he would inform National and Labour of the decision before it is announced, he says “other matters are extraneous and will sort themselves out.”

He says coming to a decision is “seriously difficult” as there are pros and cons for every aspect of the decision.

But both the deals in front of NZ First at the moment are the final deals from both parties, he says.

“We have one more chance to evaluate what it means both ways.

“Let’s be honest, no negotiations end up perfectly the way you would like.”

This morning National party leader Bill English said he was confident the agreement he and his negotiating team has hammered out with New Zealand First is enough to sway Winston Peters to back a National/NZ First government.

As negotiations with both parties go down to the wire, Mr English said he would be updating the MPs on the “broad parameters of an agreement with NZ First” and seeking the National caucus’ support.

This will be followed by updating and outlining the same parameters to the party’s board.

“We have had a period of intensive negotiation and I’m satisfied that the agreements that we have reached with NZ First would be able to form the basis of a strong and cohesive government."

He would not, however, answer questions about details of the agreement that the two parties reached but did say cabinet positions for NZ First have been discussed.

Mr English suggested he does not yet know which way Mr Peters will go, saying that “like everyone else, we look forward to hearing what that is.”

He is expecting more communication with the party throughout the day.

Asked how confident he was, Mr English reiterated he is confident the agreement National and NZ First have reached would be the basis of a “strong and cohesive government.”

“Later on in the day, Mr Peters will indicate whether he agrees with that.”

Mr English says he “hasn’t considered” if he would resign if Mr Peters throws his support behind a Labour-led government.

Mr English says he does not expect the caucus meeting to go on all day.

“There has been a lot of progress made over the last 24 hours but I’m satisfied that what I can present to the caucus is the broad parameters of the agreement.”

Last night, Mr Peters revealed he will be in a position to reveal which side he is backing to form the next government this afternoon.

At this stage, it is unknown what time the announcement will come.


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Winston Peters seen practicing his coming of Christ routine, and the punters are just going to have to wait a bit longer. As he is having problems getting it just right.

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No, it's just another farce served up by this professional charlatan. He couldn't run a corner dairy on a Northland seaside town and here he is prancing around in his fancy clothes trying to pretend like he could run a country. Key had the right idea, stay well away from the pretenders.

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Best Bill gags himself for the rest of the day

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In which case, I look forward to more prop-ups for property investors via increases to the Accommodation Supplement and the First Home Buyers grant. Oh, lest I forget to my wage bill via increasing Working For Families.

Ah, the warm glow of preferential socialism...great time to be a Boomer!

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Winnie is milking every last drop he can . Wonder if the negotiations include a knighthood for him and his little brother ?

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Lets hope that after the decision is finally announced he tells us what the losing side was offering.

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There are NO losers after the decision is made......EVERYONE'S a winner!!

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He won't do that, we may find out that he was just making them dance to his tune for a while

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Could be a slow news day... my mums made a cake if you need a headline.

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I seriously think this “seriously difficult decision” by Winnie won’t be forthcoming today . He will drag it on till next week to see what else he can squeeze out of the 2 parties. And the ego boost he gets fronting up in the media limelight - he won’t give them up till he is ready !

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Aye, it would be great if the entire media crew just withdrew to the same room and waited for him to show up and get on with it.

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Based on Bill's comments this afternoon, it sounds as if National is panicking about loosing their pay and continuing to offer a better deal ...... If so, at who's cost ?

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My daughter has just made a Russian fudge,walnut slice.
Beautiful Now that is news.

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One has to ask if WP is suffering from some sort of Alzheimer's, he says one thing one minute and forgets about it the next. Still its his big day so he will stretch it out for as long as he can. 93% of the country thinks he is not electable unless you operate under a MMP system.
The memoirs of a few pollies in years to come will shed some amazing insights into his thought process and his vanity

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I suggest snide remarks of this sort should be filtered out .

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What was "snide" about that comment?
Seemed very reasonable and insightful to me.

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Might i suggest you take the blinds off Don. If you watch his speech announcing NZF joining with Labour you will see clear instances of mispronunciations, wrong words and general stumbling.
If you think hes a well man, good luck, because i and others think he is not a well man.

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Just incase anyone is wondering - we're still waiting down here.

There has been no sign of Winston since 1:30ish and no correspondence from NZ First. 

I will update the story when I know more.

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I got a text from my brother that Winston sent Shane Jones out for Vietnamese Pho soup. No details if it was kaimoana or chicken though.

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The next time will be after going to the toilet

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