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Key signals he'll work with Peters

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 6/09/2016
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Prime Minister John Key has signalled he'll announce before next year's election that he's prepared to work with NZ First to form a government if he has to.

Mr Key ruled out working with NZ First leader Winston Peters before the 2008 and 2011 elections, but changed his attitude before the 2014 election.

He didn't need to work with Mr Peters post-election in 2014 because he had enough support elsewhere to form a government.

Asked on Tuesday what his position would be next time, he replied it was "very unlikely" NZ First would be ruled out.

"It's highly likely we'll go in and say we'll work with parties that will work with National - that won't be the Greens because they've gone into an agreement with Labour," he said.

Labour leader Andrew Little also says he's prepared to work with NZ First post-election, and considered Mr Peters to be a man of his word.

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