Watch: 'People saying that are mindless' - Winston Peters insists he won't hold country to ransom in coalition negotiations

Winston Peters insists he won't hold the country to ransom when it comes to forming a government.

In his typically bold style Mr Peters hit out at the people suggesting he would.

"The people saying that are jaundiced and mindless and don't care a hoot about the facts," the NZ First leader told 1 NEWS in an exclusive interview today.

Two days on from the election and Mr Peters still hasn't had contact with Jacinda Ardern or Bill English.

"No, and I wouldn't expect to," Mr Peters said. "I think his chief of staff (Bill English's) has talked to my chief of staff, I do know, that the same thing has happened on the other side."

The Labour Party will head back to Parliament with 13 new MPs. Source: 1 NEWS

Both Bill English and Jacinda Ardern have said they plan on having individual calls with Mr Peters before the end of the week.

National leader Bill English expects to talk to NZ First leader Winston Peters in the next couple of days. Source: Breakfast

Although this initial approach will be made, negotiations won't start in earnest until after the final vote count on October 7.

Winston Peters holds all the aces when it comes to forming the next government. Source: 1 NEWS

Man in serious condition following assault near Christchurch mall

A 41-year-old man is in a serious but stable condition in a Christchurch hospital, following an attack in the early hours this morning.

Police have cordoned off an area beside the Hornby Mall, on Shands Road, for a scene examination.

It is expected to be cleared by midday today.

Police are continuing to investigate the scene to establish what occurred.

Source: 1 NEWS


Police in stand-off with man barricaded in Huntly house

Police are currently involved in an ongoing stand-off in Huntly, which started around 2am this morning.

The eight-hour stand off began when police were called to a home on Harris St, where a man and woman had been fighting.

Upon arriving at the scene, police found the man had locked himself inside and was refusing to come out. 

At 9am, he was still refusing to come out of the home and police negotiators are currently on site, Waikato police Senior Sergeant Charles Burgess told Stuff.

"He's barricaded himself in the house and is threatening to harm himself," Senior Sergeant Burgess said.

He's not known to have access to any guns, Burgess said but does have access to knives and other items inside the home. 

"A police negotiation team are trying to speak to the man so we can bring an end to this event."

A section of the road has been cordoned off and detours are in place.

No one else is inside the home and no one has been injured.

Police emergency scene
Police emergency scene Source: 1 NEWS


Truck rolls causes road closure in Tararua

A truck has rolled in Tararua and is blocking lanes in both directions.

The truck rolled on Pahiatua Aokautere Road, also known as the Pahiatua Track, about 7.40am this morning.

The driver sustained moderate injuries. 

No other vehicles were involved.

Police are advising motorists to use an alternative route.

A road closure sign in front of a Police vehicle
A road closure sign in front of a Police vehicle. Source: 1 NEWS

Man dies in overnight crash near Gisborne

A man has died following a crash involving a car and truck on State Highway 35 near Gisborne last night.

The driver of the car died at the scene.

Emergency services were called to the scene near Makarori Beach Road at around 9pm.

The road was closed overnight, for the Serious Crash Unit to investigate, but has since been reopened.

Police car generic.
Police car generic. Source: 1 NEWS