Watch: Deputy PM 'not something we'd give up lightly' – but cagey Kelvin Davis admits mate Peters can have it, if Jacinda's PM

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Kelvin Davis also says he would give up the role of deputy prime minister to Winston Peters, after National's Paula Bennett said the same today.

National's deputy leader Paula Bennett has also said she will give up the role to the NZ First leader.
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Labour's deputy leader was slightly more reluctant in his wording than Ms Bennett though, saying it wasn't a decision that would be taken lightly.

The Labour leader says she will confirm the rest of the team closer to the talks taking place.
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"It's not something we would give up lightly," Mr Davis said while addressing media with Jacinda Ardern this afternoon.

Mr Davis said he was ready to give up the role if it meant his leader would become prime minister.

"My priority is to make sure Jacinda Ardern is the prime minister and if it has to be, it has to be," Mr Davis said.

Earlier in the day National MP Paula Bennett also appeared more than happy to give up the role to Mr Peters.

"I'm not too bothered to be honest, I love what I do and I'd still be deputy leader of the party.

"That's the main thing really, we will just work our way through it," Ms Bennett said.

National's deputy leader is willing to make the sacrifice if it means her party gets back into power.
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Ms Ardern also announced that she would be leading negotiations with Mr Davis, a close friend of the New Zealand First leader, when it comes to trying to form a coalition government.

The Labour leader says she will confirm the rest of the team closer to the talks taking place.
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No final deal is expected to be made until the special votes result is announced on October 7. 

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