'We've dodged a bullet' - Chris Finlayson blasts NZ First's coalition negotiations




Former Cabinet minister Chris Finlayson has criticised the coalition negotiations carried out after the election by New Zealand First leader Winston Peters.

Chris Finlayson.

Source: 1 NEWS

Since Mr Peters chose to form a Government with Labour, it has become known that before the election he initiated legal action against former prime minister Bill English and others over the leaked details of his pension overpayments.

That raised questions about whether he had ever intended supporting National, and had used the negotiations to play the main parties off against each other.

Former minister Judith Collins last week said Mr Peters should front up.

"I think New Zealanders are owed an explanation." she said.

Today Mr Finlayson, the former attorney-general, said he had "absolutely no regard" for Mr Peters.

"I believe we've dodged a bullet, and I'm very happy that the National Party conducted itself with propriety and dignity."

Earlier today, Mr English told RNZ he thought it would have been in the public interest for voters to have known about the legal action before the election, not after it.

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