Incoming PM Christopher Luxon must bring together the libertarian Act party and populist New Zealand First, parties that have major differences

One month on from New Zealand’s general election, the country is still waiting for three parties to reach an agreement on the makeup of the next coalition government.

On 14 October, the conservative National Party beat the current centre-left Labour party government, winning a razor-thin majority to govern in a coalition with the ring-wing Act Party. That majority disappeared once additional voting results were announced three weeks later, forcing National to rely on a third party, the nationalist New Zealand First, to reach the 61-seat majority needed to form a government.

This story was amended on 14 November to correct the date of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi

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