22 Nov 2023

Coalition talks focus on deputy PM role

From Morning Report, 8:11 am on 22 November 2023

We're into the 19th day of coalition negotiations as National, ACT and New Zealand First seek to form the next government, and talks are now down to ministerial allocations between the three parties.

While the top job is Christopher Luxon's, others are circling for the deputy Prime Minister role, and the idea of multiple deputies has been touted.

Traditionally, New Zealand's prime minister has had just one deputy. But that's not always the case overseas, with Fiji having three deputy prime ministers, and here, the Green Party and Te Pāti Māori have split the leadership between two co-leaders.

Otago University Faculty of Law professor Andrew Geddis spoke to Corin Dann.