National rules out coalition with NZ First

By Pattrick Smellie | Sun, 02 Feb 2020


The National Party under Simon Bridges's leadership is ruling out New Zealand First as a coalition partner following the 2020 election.Bridges made the announcement at the start of the party's election year caucus retreat, in Havelock North, this afternoon.“A vote for NZ First is a vote for Labour and the Greens,” he said, repeating a tactic used by one of his predecessors, John Key, prior to the 2011 election.Support partnersIn all three of its terms between 2008 and 2017, the National-led administration relied on the support of the Act and Ma...