New Zealand Coalition Agreement

„This agreement is different from any other. A consensus must not be formed. It allows the parties to adopt their own positions on issues where this is important, but it also proposes to cooperate in other areas,“ Ardern said. On 17 October, labour won the 2020 general election in a landslide, winning 50% of the vote and 65 seats in the House of Representatives, the first time under the current MMP system that a party has won enough seats to govern without a coalition or confidence and supply agreement. [349] [3] In mid-January 2019, Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford admitted that the government could not meet its goal of building 1,000 KiwiBuild homes by July 1, with only 33 homes built by January 23. But coalition agreements have rarely been easy, and many prime ministers have been forced to compromise on important election promises if they fail to secure the support of their coalition partners. In an assessment by the Weekend Herald of what remains to be done in the agreement nine weeks before the elections, we described the free health checks as a „partial“ achievement. Recent polls have also shown that 79% of New Zealand voters believe that parties should make their coalition intentions known before the election in order to make it clear to voters who they are actually voting for on election day. After the 2017 general election on 23 September 2017, the New Zealand First Party maintained the balance of power between the centre-right government in place as the national party and the left-wing bloc of the Labour and Green parties.