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Woman dies in smash
One person died in a two-car
crash south of Rotorua, near
Whakarewarewa. The woman, in
her 40s, was the driver of one of the
vehicles. The other driver, a man,
suffered moderate injuries. The two
were the sole occupants of their
vehicles. The crash happened near
the intersection of State highway 5
and State highway 30 about 6pm
yesterday. — NZ N
Cliff fall victim named
Police have named the elderly
woman who died after falling from a
cliff top in Mairangi Bay, Auckland,
as Ruth Sutherland. Emergency
ser vices were alerted about 4.50pm
on Tuesday to the incident in the
North Shore suburb, in which the
86-year-old fell. — N ZN
Man falls from truck
A man was flown to hospital
yesterday after receiving serious
head injuries in a fall from a truck.
The Westpac rescue helicopter was
called to the incident in Wainui near
Orewa, Auckland, just after 7.30am.
A spokesman said a man in his 40s
had fallen about 2m off the back of a
stationary truck and suffered a head
injury. He was in intensive care at
Auckland Hospital. — NZ ME
Sergeant Wayne Taylor was
farewelled at Papakura Military
Camp in Auckland yesterday. The
father of four died during an offshore
counter-terrorism training exercise
off the Coromandel Peninsula on
October 13. He joined the army in
1993, was one of the early pioneers of
the army ’s commandos and had been
to East Timor and Afghanistan. He
died after falling about 5m during an
exercise on a container ship. — N Z N
Prisoner f lees hospital
A female prisoner receiving
treatment for a serious health
condition at Auckland City Hospital
has escaped, the Corrections
Department says. The woman was
on remand for drug offences and had
been escorted by Corrections officers
from the Auckland Region Women’s
Corrections Facility in Wiri. Police are
searching for the woman. — N ZN
Crash blocks road
A large truck with hazardous goods
on board has rolled in Wairarapa,
blocking a highway overnight. A
Fire and Emergency spokesman said
the truck crashed on State highway
2 north of Masterton just after
midnight, blocking the highway.
The driver escaped without injury. A
specialist hazardous substances unit
was at the wreck. — NZME
Numbers in Keno draw No 14736:
2, 10, 11, 15, 17, 24, 34, 36, 46, 50, 51,
55, 58, 62, 63, 68, 71, 76, 79, 80. Draw
31, 32, 33, 36, 42, 45, 48, 63, 69, 75, 79.
Draw No 14738: 4, 17, 19, 21, 26, 30,
35, 36, 39, 42, 43, 47, 52, 57, 61, 68, 70,
71, 74, 76. Draw No 14739: 1, 3, 4, 14,
16, 24, 25, 32, 35, 36, 39, 43, 49, 53, 56,
58, 65, 72, 77, 78.
Ardern vows a Govt for all
The Greens will play a support
role to the new Labour-
New Zealand First coalition
government and party leader
James Shaw said it was the best
position to be in.
The party will back the
government on confidence votes,
giving it the majority it needs to
rule, and they will also be needed
for it to pass legislation.
The Greens will have three
ministers and an under-secretary,
the first time that has happened in the 21 years
they have been in Parliament.
Those ministers will be outside cabinet, but
they will sit in on cabinet discussions when they
The agreement was over whelmingly approved
by the Greens’ delegates in a teleconference last
night, with just three dissenting views out of
Mr Shaw said there had been some valid
concerns but after long conversations and debate
about a range of issues a strong consensus was
He and his MPs heard the news that NZ First
had chosen Labour over National at the same
time as everyone else — when Winston Peters
announced it at a Beehive press
“ We were elated, this is a historic
moment for the Greens to enter
into government properly for the
first time,” Mr Shaw said.
“ It ’s an extraordinary moment
for us. The important thing is that
we will have the ability to lead in
the areas that most concern us.”
Mr Shaw said the portfolios
his MPs would get were outlined
in the party’s agreement with
Labour, but he would give the next
prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, the courtesy of
“One of the fantastic things about this
arrangement is that the government will be a
truly MMP government,” he said.
“A consensus of all three parties will be needed
to pass legislation.”
He expected he was likely to take on one of
Mr Shaw said the Greens fought the election
campaign on making New Zealand a world
leader in the fight against climate change,
restoring and replenishing forests and rivers,
and ending poverty in New Zealand.
“ We now have the opportunity to do that,” he
said. — NZN
Greens savour ‘historic moment’
Federated Farmers said it was
ready to engage with the new
coalition government and that
it was time to “cast aside” the
divisions that arose during the
election campaign, president Katie
New Zealand First last night
chose to go into partnership
with Labour and the Greens
to form a government instead
of the outgoing National Party,
with which the farmers’ lobby
and support group has strong
traditional and historical links.
“ We congratulate new Prime
Minister Jacinda Ardern and the coalition
partners on finding a consensus to lead the
country,” Ms Milne said in a statement.
“Federated Farmers is looking for ward to
getting around the table and talking about the
issues which affect our members and farmers.
The primary sector is the backbone of the
New Zealand economy so we anticipate the
new government will be mindful of that when
formulating policy,” she said.
Ms Milne said it was time to “cast aside the
division which fuelled the election campaign
and remember that the country ’s future
prosperity and economic health depended
on all New Zealanders sharing a common
“ Whether you’re a townie or cockie when it
comes down to it, we all have the same hopes and
aspirations for our families and communities.
“Let ’s give the new government a chance and
let ’s hope they can make decisions
based on unity and mutual trust,”
she said in a statement.
The federation was willing
to share its industry influence,
expertise and insight with the new
government and is encouraging
members and farmers to look
ahead with a positive outlook, she
“There’s undoubtedly challenges
ahead for those tasked with
governing the country. One thing
the new government can be sure
of is: Federated Farmers is ready
to play its part as a primary sector
leader and voice of New Zealand
A key part of the Greens’ election platform was
improving the water quality of New Zealand’s
rivers and lakes while both Labour and NZ
First campaigned on curtailing immigration —
both hot topics for farmers.
According to the farmer-funded Dairy NZ,
the $12 billion-a -year dairy sector provides
35,000 on-farm jobs, including contractors
and staff, and 3774 of these jobs are currently
filled by foreigners. In a press release titled “The
Good, the Bad and the Ugly Policy on Offer,”
issued last month, Federated Farmers said
immigration had become a “hot potato” issue.
“ None of the parties have policies which take
immigration seriously enough,” Ms Milne said
then. “ This issue is a political hot potato, and
because of that, we are not dealing with our
industry’s desperate need for good staff,” she
said. — NZME
Time to bury the
hatchet: Fed Farmers
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PICTURE: Getty Images
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters speaks to media during his coalition decision
announcement at Parliament.
Jacinda Ardern, promising to
lead “a government for all New
Zealanders”, will soon be sworn
in as the next prime minister.
She will be in charge of a
coalition government with New
Zealand First, and Winston
Peters will almost certainly be
Mr Peters announced last night
his party had decided to join
Labour, ending National’s nine-
There will be four NZ First
cabinet ministers and one under-
Labour and NZ First do not
have enough seats for a majority
so they need the Greens, who
are supporting the coalition
government on confidence votes.
The Greens, for the first time
since they came to Parliament
21 years ago, will have three
ministers outside cabinet.
Ms Ardern, and National’s
leader Bill English, learned
of NZ First ’s decision at the
same time — when Mr Peters
announced it at a Beehive press
Mr English, the caretaker
prime minister, called Ms Ardern
to congratulate her.
He told reporters whether he
remained leader of his party
was something that would be
discussed in the next few weeks.
National has more seats than
any other party, and it is the first
time a party in that position has
not formed a government after
Mr English said it would
regroup and fight on.
“For a party that ’s going into
opposition, we’re in the best
shape you’ve ever seen,” he said.
Mr Peters said NZ First chose
Labour because New Zealand
needed change to face the future
“The people want change, and
it’s going to happen,” he said.
“The blunt reality is that far too
many people are doing without. ”
Ms Ardern’s first job will be to
select her cabinet, which includes
handing out positions to NZ
First MPs and the Greens.
James Shaw, the Green Party
leader, said his party was in a
very good position outside the
He expected it would be in
charge of the areas that most
concerned it, and that the new
government would get on with
restoring forests and rivers, and
“ having a real crack” at ending
poverty in New Zealand.
Mr Peters has been offered the
role of deputy prime minister,
pushing aside Labour’s deputy
Kelvin Davis, but Ms Ardern
said he was still considering
whether to take up that offer.
Mr English addressed the
media backed by his wife Mary,
deputy leader Paula Bennett and
senior colleagues Steven Joyce,
Todd McClay, Gerry Brownlee
and Nathan Guy.
“I’m naturally disappointed for
the 44.5 per cent of people who
voted for us, and the team,” Mr
English said, gracious in defeat.
He said Ms Ardern’s rise to
prime minister was “remarkable”
and offered the advice not to take
herself too seriously.
The party will hold a caucus
meeting next week to discuss the
way forward. — NZN
PICTURE: Getty Images
Prime Minister-elect Jacinda Ardern speaks during a Labour Party announcement with Kelvin Davis and Grant Robertson at
What to expect in the first 100 days
Jacinda Ardern, soon to be sworn in as
prime minister, says priorities for the first 100
days of her new government are much the
same as they were when they were set during
the election campaign.
Labour is forming a coalition government
with New Zealand First and there will be
policy changes, but Ms Ardern said the
impact on the first 100 days plan would be
“The priorities that we stipulated, our 100-
day plan, remains intact with a few minor
changes,” she said today.
This is what the government intends
Make the first year of tertiary education
or training fees free from January 1, 2018.
Increase student allowances and living
cost loans by $50 a week from January 1,
Pass the Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill,
requiring all rentals to be warm and dry.
Ban overseas speculators from buying
Issue an instruction to Housing New
Zealand to stop the State housing sell-off.
Begin work to establish the Affordable
Housing Authority and begin the Kiwi
Legislate to pass the families package,
including the winter fuel payment, to take
effect from July 1, 2018.
Set up a ministerial inquiry into mental
health ser vices.
Introduce legislation to make medicinal
cannabis available for people with terminal
illnesses or in chronic pain.
Resume contributions to the New
Zealand Superannuation Fund.
Introduce legislation to set a child
poverty reduction target.
Increase the minimum wage to $16.50
an hour, to take effect from 1 April 2018.
Establish the tax working group.
Establish the Pike River Recovery
Agency and assign a responsible minister.
Set up an inquiry into the abuse of
children in State care.
Hold a clean waters summit on cleaning
up our rivers and lakes.
Set the zero carbon emissions goal and
begin setting up the independent Climate
Commission. — NZ N
Pugh keeps options open
of the Hokitika Guardian
Ousted National Party list MP
Maureen Pugh has not ruled out
a return to the back benches as
National heads into opposition.
After a “whirlwind” election ride
which saw her in, then out again
once special votes were counted,
the Labour-Green-New Zealand
First coalition has also left her
party out in the cold.
“There’s going to be quite a bit of
dust to settle now that the decision
has been made,” Mrs Pugh, back
on the farm at Turiwhate, said today.
“National is now an extremely strong
opposition party and as Bill English said, the
role of the opposition is to hold the Government
Whether or not yesterday’s decision would
lead to any changes on the party list remained
to be seen, she said.
“I’m in the same position I was in yesterday,
that is I’m next on the list if anyone
does move,” Mrs Pugh said.
In the meantime, she was looking
for ward to being home and with
“ Today is my first day based back
on the Coast. I’m going to reclaim
my garden, I’ve planted an orchard
and I’ll be taking care of that —
and my family.
“They are the ones that have
really paid the price for me being
in this role so it ’s going to be
good to give back. I ’ve already
told my son I’m available for
Westland Mayor Bruce Smith said the new
Government could bring good things for the
“ I’ve got great confidence with Winston’s
integrity when it comes to the regions.
It ’s democracy, it ’s MMP. We now have a
Government and my role as mayor will be
to work as closely as possible with central
Government for the benefit of Westland.”
MMP governments to date
1996. The first MMP (mixed member
proportional) government was formed by
National and New Zealand First. It took six
weeks to negotiate and was a full coalition,
with cabinet ministers from both parties.
Winston Peters was Treasurer, a contrived
position, and deputy prime minister. It fell
apart after Jim Bolger was ousted as prime
minister and replaced by Jenny Shipley, who
lost the next election.
1999. Labour, under Helen Clark,
formed a coalition with the Alliance but the
two parties did not command a majority
in parliament. Ms Clark needed the Green
Party, which had won seven seats. They
agreed to a support arrangement which
gave the government sufficient votes on
confidence and supply to hold office. The
Greens were not part of the government.
2002. National was trounced and Labour
went into coalition with the Progressives,
a splinter of the Alliance, which held two
seats. But they were still short of a majority
and Ms Clark had the choice of three
support partners — NZ First, the Greens
and United Future. She negotiated a support
agreement with United Future.
2005. National came back strongly
but Labour again won more seats than its
rival, 50 to National’s 48. By now Ms Clark
was accustomed to running a minority
government with the support of the smaller
parties, and she negotiated agreements with
NZ First, United Future and the Greens.
Mr Peters became foreign minister outside
cabinet, and Peter Dunne minister of
revenue, also outside cabinet. The Greens
had no positions.
2008. National, now under John Key,
won 58 seats against Labour’s 43. Mr Key,
now Sir John, decided to run a minority
government with support agreements from
Act, United Future and later the Maori
Party. It was more than he needed and
broadened his government. Ministerial
positions were given to minor parties but
they were not in cabinet.
2011. Sir John was by now a popular
prime minister and brought National back
with an increased share of the party vote —
47.3% which gave the party 59 seats. It was
a simple matter for Sir John to again sign up
the minor parties in support roles and the
minority government was able to maintain
2014. Labour’s turn to be trounced
again and on election night National held
61 seats, the first outright majority by a
single party since MMP was introduced.
But it lost a seat on special votes and
Sir John was again running a minority
government with support from his old allies
Act, United Future and the Maori Party.
In November 2016 Sir John resigned and
left parliament. Bill English was chosen
by National’s caucus to take over as prime
2017. National, under English, won the
most seats — 56 to Labour’s 46. But Labour,
with the Greens and NZ First, had enough
seats for a majority. National could also
hold a majority and stay in power, but not
without NZ First. Winston Peters was again
the kingmaker. — NZ N
Ardern’s empathy important: Clark
Incoming New Zealand prime
minister Jacinda Ardern’s ability
to listen deeply to people’s
concerns and then work hard to
solve them has mentor Helen
Clark excited for what is to come.
Ms Ardern yesterday raced into
the country’s top job just 81 days
after taking over a beleaguered
Labour Party in opposition.
She became the country’s third
female prime minister, following
on from Ms Clark who spent
almost a decade in charge of the
country from 1999 to 2008.
Ms Ardern also spent time
working as a researcher for Ms
Clark, shortly after graduating
It had been Ms Ardern’s
willingness to tackle hard work
and her empathy that stood
out as important parts of her
success, Ms Clark told RNZ
by phone from Britain this
“People feel Jacinda is listening
to them,” Ms Clark said.
“S he wants to do good, she
wants to make New Zealand a
better place, and she has shown
that she has the leadership
capacity to get on and do it.”
Having also ser ved as a
coalition prime minister under
New Zealand’s MMP voting
system, Ms Clark backed
Ms Ardern’s ability to lead a
government alongside Winston
Peters’s New Zealand First and
the Green Party.
She said Ms Ardern had
“ been beavering away for nine
years” as part of a “considerable
and that the key to coalition
politics was good faith and
Ms Clark spent three years
working in coalition with
Mr Peters during her third
term of government and said
“e verything that New Zealand
First committed to do in the
agreement it made with Labour,
it kept its word on”.
“It can be done,” she said of
the new agreement between
the two parties, adding that a
government led by Ms Ardern
would create a “fairer, better and
more sustainable New Zealand”.
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