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Public transport will also be a priority, as will moving New Zealand towards "100% renewable energy generation", he said.
Media were allowed to film the opening minutes before Jacinda started dishing out ministerial portfolios.
Even 1NEWS' political team had no idea when, how, and if the NZ First leader would reveal his coalition partners yesterday.
The PM-elect also implied she would be involved in arts and culture, and intelligence portfolios.
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That will include at least four Cabinet positions for NZ First with the Green Party's James Shaw also in line.