6 Nov 2011

NZ First leader rules out working with major parties

6:27 pm on 6 November 2011

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is insisting his party will not work with any of the major parties if it is elected to Parliament.

In a speech in Auckland on Sunday, Mr Peters said the party would not form a coalition with National, Labour, the Greens, nor the Maori Party.


He said New Zealand needed an effective opposition and his party's record on this was second to none.

"Ladies and gentlemen, the position of opposition is important - it is not powerless. Used wisely, a party can deliver on its election promises. Used properly, there is power in being the people's voice."

Mr Peters said New Zealand First would oppose privatisation and the creation of a separate Maori nation within New Zealand, which he believed was the agenda of both the Maori Party and the Greens.

National Party leader John Key on Sunday ruled out working with New Zealand First if re-elected, saying a government that involved Winston Peters would not be stable.

Mr Key also said he won't work with Mana Party leader Hone Harawira.

"The next three years are going to be critical years for New Zealand. We need stable government, and one thing that Winston Peters and Hone Harawira aren't is stable.

"They are not stable in government - every single Prime Minister has sacked Winston Peters from what I can see."

Mr Key said it is up to voters to decide if New Zealand First should be in Parliament.

Greens co-leader Russel Norman said on Sunday he believed it "very unlikely" that Mr Peters will be in Parliament after the election, but if the party is, "then we'll make it work."