Preliminary coalition talks to beginby Chris Bramwell
New Zealand First will be meeting with the National Party in the morning and the Labour Party in the afternoon. Both meetings will be held in Wellington.
Speaking at a celebration for the World Champion Black Ferns in Wellington yesterday, Labour leader Jacinda Ardern said she was not worried that National was going first.
"I'm not particularly worried about the logistics, the more important thing is that we're meeting and getting on with the negotiations to form a stable, durable government."
The result of the special votes remained important, Ms Ardern said.
"But having this preliminary discussion means that we'll be able to move quickly once those special votes come in."
The various parties have been forming their negotiating teams.
National leader Bill English has previously said the party would finalise the line-up after meeting with Mr Peters, who has said there would be seven or eight people available to negotiate for New Zealand First.
Ms Ardern and her deputy Kelvin Davis would head Labour's team. She said there was a "handful of people" working for Labour, including a few senior MPs. It's understood former MP Annette King could also be brought in if needed.
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