November 09, 2023
Peters in jockey seat for coalition cup
Former Greens co-leader Metiria Turia believes Winston Peters will run rings around the other party leaders during coalition talks.
She says New Zealand First leader and his deputy Shane Jones have far more experience in politics than National’s Chris Luxon and ACT’s David Seymour, and they know how far to push and the kind of messages to send.
Mr Luxon won’t yet know what’s important or how to deal with everything that comes across his desk, and Mr Seymour is over-excited.
Ms Turei says during the election campaign she encouraged people voting for National Party candidates to give their party vote to New Zealand First.
“Mostly because he’s sand in the wheels, he’s going to make it much more difficult for both National and for ACT to get their programmes through. He’s not always the best mate when it comes to Maori issues, he can get really rough sometimes, but he’s going to make it more difficult for them which is kind of what we need,” she says.
Ms Turei says Winston Peters is pragmatic and will get a lot of his agenda through, but the crunch point will come when parties in the coalition start position themselves for the next election.