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Despite the possibility of a formal coalition with NZ First, the Green Party have been left "totally powerless" says political commentator Matthew Hooton, with the combination of Green/NZ First MPs a possible deterrent in Winston Peters' decision.
"Poor old Greens," Mr Hooton said, in reference to NZ First rebuffing their extended invitation to coalition talks.
"Greens have no choice whatsoever but to sign whatever is in front of them. They have ruled out dealing with the other side completely. Even if they said, 'we're not happy with this, we're not going to vote for it, it would deliver a National-ACT government. Greens are totally powerless.
"They must do whatever they're told today."
Mr Hooton thought the "best thing" for Mr Peters would be to be part of something new, "to go with the Labour government propped up by the patsy Greens on the side".
"Then he's got a young new prime minister, he can genuinely say this is a new, exciting government."
However, Mr Hooton addded: "He (Winston) has said very strongly a National government would represent change", and then there was the "mocking of the Greens as we've seen this week".
He said he wasn't sure Mr Peters would want to be reliant on a majority based on a merger of MPs such as Eugenie Sage and Chloe Swarbrick from the Greens with NZ First MPs Shane Jones and Ron Mark.
"That seems a bit tricky to me," Mr Hooton said.
Yesterday James Shaw said he had full faith in Jacinda Ardern to get a good outcome from coalition talks with Mr Peters.
"Jacinda made fairness one of her principle values in the campaign. I trust her and she seems to be doing a good job of [the talks]," Mr Shaw said after meeting with Labour.
The Green Party leader says party staff made contact with NZ First "to say if they wanted to, we're available" for discussions.
Mr Peters says he was not aware of an approach from the Greens for a meeting, as New Zealand First continues coalition talks with National and Labour.