29 Oct 2020

Greens, Labour inch closer to government deal

From Checkpoint, 6:16 pm on 29 October 2020

The Greens and Labour are inching closer to a governing deal, with an announcement expected on Sunday.

Co-leaders Marama Davidson and James Shaw met with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern again this afternoon.

Mr Shaw says they are on track to conclude talks tomorrow as planned.

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister echoed this, saying, "discussions on a final text are nearing conclusion".

Once the deal has been hashed out, a Zoom call will be held with about 150 Green Party delegates - likely to take place on Saturday.

They will vote on the deal - with a 75 percent majority needed to give it the green light.

Ms Davidson says details of the deal will not be made public before delegates vote.

And in case you're wondering - the biscuits on the table today were Tim Tams - with Mr Shaw quipping, "you could say that the talks are getting sweeter".