National leader Bill English might have an awkward start to coalition negotiations after calling Winston Peters a "maverick of politics" today.
Talking exclusively to 1 NEWS, Mr Peters wasn't impressed when told about the comment.
"Oh really, I wouldn't think that was a very smart thing to say," Mr Peters said.
He also wasn't keen on a question about whether he actually liked or trusted Mr English.
Winston Peters holds all the aces when it comes to forming the next government.
Source: 1 NEWS
The pair do have history, as Mr English helped push Mr Peters out of the National Party in 1992.
Mr Peters has also raised suspicions about National's possible role in the leaking of his personal superannuation details during this year's campaign.
With his strong election night result Mr English looks to be in the box seat to do a deal, but the experienced politician isn't taking anything for granted.
National leader Bill English expects to talk to NZ First leader Winston Peters in the next couple of days.
"I imagine this will be a reasonably testing process," Mr English said.
Negotiations will begin in earnest once the special vote result is announced on October 7.