NZ First leader Winston Peters says he still hasn't come to any kind of decision ahead of his final talks with National and Labour scheduled for this afternoon and evening respectively.
Mr Peters wants his board to take the same "open minded" approach as him when they meet to thrash out a final decision, having said today that members will most likely not meet before Saturday.
Our Political Editor reflects on a day when Winston Peters told the nation they would have to wait for a decision over a coalition deal.
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"I said I would go into it with a totally open mind and I've asked my board and caucus to take the same approach," Mr Peters said.
Initially a decision was due to be made today, but due to the 'logistics' of getting his board members together, it seems no decision will be made until the weekend at the earliest.
Labour leader Jacinda Ardern came out of the latest talks saying a "robust process" had been followed.
"It has been an important process we need to make sure we are making a considered decision about the future of New Zealand," she said.
The board of NZ First, which could help determine New Zealand's next government, has been revealed by Radio New Zealand.
The Labour leader emerged from her latest meeting with NZ First stressing the importance of the process being undertaken.
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The NZ First Board as of July 18, 2017 consists of: Leader: Winston Peters Deputy leader: Ron Mark National officers: President: Brent Catchpole Vice president North Island: Julian Paul Vice president South Island: John Thorn Tresurer: Holly Hopkinson Directors of the board: Claire Ashley Toa Greening Robert Monds Anne Marie Andrews Kevin Gardener Sue Sara
Peters says he expects his board to be the same way when they meet on Saturday.
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An elderly woman armed with secateurs is the latest flower thief to target public gardens.
She came armed with secateurs and a side-kick for support. A flash of guilt crossed her face but she bent over the colourful flower bed in Auckland's Cornwall Park anyway and lopped at the fragrant spring blooms.
The elderly women, who slowed traffic yesterday as they ventured out on the road to gain access to the best freesias and tulips, were just the latest flower fans to go pilfering at the largest parkland in Auckland.
Park director Michael Ayrton said flower thieves operated in the park every spring and autumn, but it was the first time he'd heard of one wielding gardening tools.
"She came with intent," he said.
"It was obviously a premeditated thing. They obviously wanted some cut flowers and decided to help themselves."
"The spring blooms are there and planted for everyone to enjoy, so it's quite a selfish attitude to hear that people are helping themselves to plants that are provided for everyone's enjoyment."
He was astonished the two women decided to steal in the middle of a sunny spring day when the park was packed with visitors.
"They're pretty gutsy to do it in the middle of the day. Very surprising."
Flower thieves are usually sneakier, he said, and are long gone by the time the "garden staff notice the beds hacked into," Mr Ayrton said.
Occasionally, people have been caught stealing flowers - often after other park visitors have tipped off staff - and have been trespassed from the park, he said.
"Conditions of entry categorically state you're not to pick the flowers."
Signs are also put out during spring and autumn, asking visitors not to pick the flowers.
Flower theft has long been a problem for parks across the country.
Earlier this month, the Christchurch group Friends of Abberley Park complained on Facebook that people were not only stealing flowers but pulling the "Please do not pick the flowers" signs out of the ground too.
The group posted, "To the guy who parked his car, let his kid out to pick the daffodils while he sat in the car on his mobile phone - yes - you were breaking the law".
At the beginning of the year, the group said council staff had planted a new flowers at the park and within a month more than half had been taken.
Cornwall Park's Michael Ayrton said it wasn't just flowers people stole. Firewood was provided for the barbeques in the park, and at the beginning of winter, thieves often took off with it.
The Green Party says National Party leader Simon Bridges' isn't fit to run a political party after he described state tenants who were kicked out of their homes as "meth crooks".
Housing New Zealand released a report last week admitting it shouldn't have turfed out tenants based on methamphetamine contamination guidelines which have since been found to be misused.
The period was dubbed 'meth hysteria' - during which hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent unnecessarily on stripping out homes, and hundreds of state tenants kicked out.
The Greens say National is now amplifying that hysteria, by calling those finally up for some recompense, crooks.
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"Continuing to put harmful stigma against people, including families with children, elderly people, who were uprooted, had to find new homes and new communities, lost a lot of their possessions - whole lives were impacted on - and what does Simon Bridges choose to do? He chooses to keep whipping them," said co-leader Marama Davidson.
"So I think that's a clear choice for New Zealanders about what direction he would actually take our country. He's not at all fit to be, ever, leading this country, let alone a political party."
Mr Bridges made the comment on Twitter last week and backed up his comment on RNZ this morning.
"Paying people where Housing New Zealand has determined they have smoked or cooked P - those tenants have - I'm sorry, that is wrong, that is money that should not be going to them," he told Morning Report.
But Housing Minister Minister Phil Twyford made it clear when Housing NZ released its report that it would not be blanket compensation.
"There will be quite an in-depth and case-by-case assessment of each instance where a tenant had their tenancy terminated because of meth contamination," he said.
"In instances where there was contamination above the Gluckman threshold, they will not be eligible for financial assistance. In cases where tenants were involved with manufacturing or dealing, and where there is evidence to support that contention - so there is a level of natural justice at play - they will also not be eligible for compensation."
The Gluckman threshold is based on the report by Sir Peter Gluckman, the Prime Minister's former chief science advisor. His assessment debunked the myth that exposure to low levels of methamphetamine contamination is harmful to people's health.
The level of contamination, his report said, could be 10 times higher than the level people were kicked out of their homes for, and even then there is only a low risk to health.
Its release in May led to apologies from top officials, including the new Housing Minister and the head of Housing NZ.
Mr Bridges also apologised for getting "dud advice".
"Yeah, I'm sorry that the advice we got was wrong, and it's made this situation what it is," he told Morning Report in June.
Fronting post-Cabinet on Monday, deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters said Mr Bridges was merely making cheapskate allegations in an attempt to take the heat off the previous government's mishandling of the matter.
"If there is proof of criminality, of course they won't get compensation. And I'm ashamed that someone who's got a legal background - or supposedly has one - is making that allegation."