Corin Dann says bottom lines can be worked around, expects 'crazy and intense' five days if centre-left pick up more seats

The time between the release of the special vote results and the predicted announcement of the next government in New Zealand "will be a crazy five days", says 1 NEWS political editor Corin Dann. 

But when it comes to Winston Peters' political 'bottom lines', aside from the promise to re-enter the Pike River Mine, former National Party president Michelle Boag says Mr Peters' promises are all up in the air. 

"I agree with her," says Dann. 

"I'm not a great believer that bottom lines can't be worked around."

Dann thought the Pike River mine bottom line was "pretty clear", but it may not be "quite as the bottom line" Mr Peters had previously said.  

"It still won't mean that Winston Peters won't go in there and demand... something on superannuation or that he could come out with something that says immigration will be cut, so in a sense they're bottom lines, but you can be incredibly creative with coalition negotiations."

Parties could promise the NZ First leader inquiries, investigations, and put money aside for things.

"They can be creative and work around those bottom lines," Dann said. 

Dann said if the centre-left picked up another seat or two when the special votes were counted, it would lead to a crazy and intense five says ahead of Mr Peters' October 12 deadline for declaring his intentions for the next government. 

The 1 NEWS political editor is expecting a "crazy" five days if the centre-left picks up a couple more seats after the special votes are counted. Source: Breakfast



Green candidate Golriz Ghahraman could become NZ's first refugee MP tomorrow

New Zealand could have its first refugee MP in Parliament tomorrow after the results of over 384,000 special votes are finally released.

If history is on the Green Party's side, which has seen them gain a MP through the special votes at each election since 1999, Iranian-Kiwi refugee and Green Party candidate Golriz Ghahraman could be joining her party in parliament.

This would take the Greens total of elected MPs to eight.

Speaking to Radio New Zealand, Ms Gharhraman says she's not nervous about tomorrow’s result.

"I think it was the kind of election where we just had to get used to uncertainty and we did that months ago, so I'm sort of enjoying not having the result be my immediate responsibility anymore."

However, tomorrow could see National's Nicola Willis lose her seat in parliament.

Ms Willis says she's "mentally" ready for both outcomes tomorrow.

"It's like guessing an election result, you can look at past trends, you can look at all sorts of data," she told Radio New Zealand.

"I've just decided to be mentally ready."

The votes which could determine the next government of New Zealand will be revealed at 2pm.

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Watch: 'It's shocking' - Is this New Zealand's worst intersection?

A notorious road intersection, about an hour north of Auckland, is causing a string of issues for motorists and has become known as the worst intersection in the country.

Warkworth locals sick and tired of the accidents, congestion and reckless driving that happens for a large part of the day at the Hill Street intersection are taking matters into their own hands.

Grant McLachlan is so passionate about this section of State Highway One he's created web pages and even a T-shirt to explain what's going on.

"Welcome to the gateway to the north, the dreaded Hill St intersection," Mr McLachlan said while talking to TVNZ1's Seven Sharp at the intersection.

Mr McLachlan has studied the intersection and come up with some disturbing math.

"There are 57 turning combinations that can be done in this area, so many turning points in the vicinity," he said.

With over 32,000 vehicles travelling through the intersection each day it's easy to see why locals say they try to avoid it like the plague.

"It's shocking, me and my husband are in the fire brigade and we live on the other side and we just can't get through to some calls," one fed up local said.

While Mr McLachlan says he has come up with a plan to rework the intersection and solve the town's traffic woes, the council isn't onboard with it and are pinning their hopes on the Puhoi motorway extension to take pressure off the intersection.

Locals will have a few years to wait and see if this is the case, with the extension not scheduled to be complete until 2021.

There is a stretch of road north of Auckland that locals 'avoid like the plague' and it is easy to see why. Source: Seven Sharp