'They'll get to make the decision - not one person' - Winston Peters insists coalition deal will be party-wide decision

NZ First leader Winston Peters has attempted to shake off his title of 'king or queenmaker' after meeting with Labour and National, saying his party's caucus and board will democratically decide any agreement - not just him.

Today's meetings were a warm up to the main discussions expected next week after special votes are revealed. Source: 1 NEWS

Speaking to media at parliament after conducting brief meetings with National and Labour today, Mr Peters said "we've agreed on the protocols to go forward and how we'll conduct our discussions and our negotiations ... all that's been resolved".

He also lamented his political position, saying "we're between the devil and the deep blue sea here".

"You can't win with the public, you can't win with the media, you can't win with the commentariat, you can't win with people who think it's all about First Past the Post even though we're in an MMP environment, and they just bang on day in day out," Mr Peters said.

Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern and her delegates were briefly held up by a door as they hurried away from the meeting without answering media questions. Source: 1 NEWS

He went on to say he was unhappy with his perceived lack of coverage by the media for NZ First's policies until he was put in the position of being able to decide the next government.

"If this was MMP - real MMP - you'd have been here five months ago, four months ago, three months ago, two months ago and a month ago - not turning up after the election like you do, when we can't convince any voters about what we do - that's my point."

He stressed that the current coalition negotiations will not be decided solely based on his own preference, but that the NZ First caucus will be holding democratic discussions to determine the course of action.

"I will not be making up my mind - my party will make up its mind as a caucus and as a board," he said.

"The whole thing has been depicted as one man holding the whole country to ransom and I belong to a very democratic caucus and a very democratic board - we haven't lasted 24 years by not being democratic.

"Everybody in my board knows and every MP knows .. that they'll get to make the decision - not one person."

The NZ First leader didn't give much away ahead of preliminary coalition negotiations with National and Labour. Source: 1 NEWS

When asked whether his current negotiation team would remain the same, he said no, adding that specialists could be brought in "when specialists are required".

The NZ First leader says his party as a whole will be responsible for a coalition decision - not just him. Source: 1 NEWS

Man found guilty of murdering Christchurch father of three

A jury has found Peter Carroll guilty of murdering Christchurch father of three Marcus Tucker.

The verdict came after a two-week trial in the High Court in Christchurch.

Peter John Carroll has denied bashing 36-year-old Marcus Luke Tucker to death with a steering wheel lock.
Source: 1 NEWS

The 52-year-old accepts he killed Christchurch father Marcus Tucker, 36, in April last year, but said it was manslaughter, not murder.

During the trial, Carroll told the court he only meant to intimidate Mr Tucker and did not intend to kill him.

Carroll used a steering wheel lock to hit Mr Tucker a number of times to the head at a house in Spreydon, Christchurch, resulting in severe head injuries.

A jury today found Peter Carroll guilty of murdering Marcus Tucker, whose sister spoke to reporters outside court. Source: 1 NEWS

Carroll and Mr Tucker were both involved in the city's drug scene, and the court heard that Mr Tucker had been using fake $100 notes to buy drugs days before his death.

When Carroll realised Mr Tucker had died, he and an associate drove out to Lake Ellesmere, wrapped his body in carpet, and set his body on fire.

Mr Tucker's body was found the next day by a group of fishermen.

Cries were heard in the public gallery as the verdict was read.

Mr Tucker's sister, Belinda Ross, read out a statement on behalf of the family outside court.

"I would like to say thank you to all who've had a positive input into the outcome for our family. We are grateful to everyone who helped to get this verdict. we as a family will make further comment after sentencing," Ms Ross said.

Carroll will be sentenced on November 2.


Cordons now lifted after police called to possible firearm incident in Auckland's Greenlane

Police have now lifted a cordon that was in place in Auckland's Greenlane after responding to reports a member of the public was seen with a firearm in the area this afternoon.

Police say they received a report that a member of the public had what appeared to be a firearm in Korau Rd, Greenlane around 1.15pm.

Armed police were seen on Great South Road, close to Karetu Rd, which was blocked off by a police van. Karetu Rd leads to Korau Rd.

A person is now helping police with their enquiries and the scene is under control with all cordons removed.

Police say they have yet to decide whether to lay charges against anyone over the incident.

The area is cordoned off as police carry out their investigation. Source: 1 NEWS