Winston Peters confirms NZ will know government tomorrow, but how it will play out is anyone's guess says 1 NEWS' Corin Dann

Winston Peters has announced he will reveal his party's choice for who they will support for the next New Zealand government tomorrow afternoon, but there are still many questions to be answered between now and then, with both major parties likely still in the dark, 1 NEWS political editor Corin Dann says.

The NZ First leader says they are "98 per cent there" on the policy issues. Source: 1 NEWS

Speaking at Bowen House in Wellington tonight, Dann said how the New Zealand First leader would correspond with National, Labour and the Greens tomorrow was totally up in the air.

"I think you'll see they'll be more talks in the morning but it's very unclear, and of course Winston Peters has already set a couple of deadlines in this process so perhaps we just need to take this with some caution," Dann said.

"What's also clear from today though was this wasn't just a caucus meeting of the New Zealand First MPs. They were continuing negotiations with both Labour and National and we know last night there were face-to-face meetings with the leaders."

The National leader exited a coalition chat with Mr Peters tonight, involving just the two of them, in Wellington. Source: 1 NEWS

Dann said these late-night meetings were likely continuing to dissect ministerial deals, and "critically", the formation of this government and whether it will be a coalition or a supply and confidence arrangement.  

Dann said however it was "very, very unclear" how tomorrow would play out, saying he expects at some point tomorrow afternoon there would be a media conference of some description. 

Mr Peters avoided media after talks with his caucus this afternoon, instead choosing to release the information through a statement which read:

"New Zealand First have said they will be in a position tomorrow afternoon to make an announcement on the result of negotiations following the 2017 General Election.

"New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters said he had spoken to the leaders of the National Party and the Labour Party today and, amongst other matters, advised them of that."

1 NEWS' Corin Dann says Mr Peters has spoken with both National and Labour and told them he'll go public tomorrow. Source: 1 NEWS



New Zealand retains triple A credit rating

The credit agency Moody's has today maintained the government's credit rating and expressed confidence about the future of the economy.

The rating remains at triple A, with the outlook described as stable.

Moody's analyst Matthew Circosta said the international ratings agency expects the coalition government will remain committed to fiscal discipline, with the Budget staying in surplus.

But it says the government has the flexibility to increase spending in areas such as education and housing.

Finance Minister Grant Robertson said the rating was very pleasing.

"What they've said is that the underlying fundamentals of the New Zealand economy are strong, that the approach that the coalition government's taking to being responsible with our budget management.

"But investing in areas like infrastructure and improving social supports are the right thing to do, that we can manage to do that within the finances we've got."

Moody's said the very high strength of New Zealand's institutions was a key factor in underpinning the credit rating.

The assessment comes just days after official figures showed growth in the economy increasing to 1 per cent in the three months to June.

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New Zealand $20 notes (file picture). Source: istock.com

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American tourist dies in skiing accident on Mt Aspiring

An American tourist has died while skiiing on Mt Aspiring this afternoon.

Police say the skiing accident at Mt Aspiring happened at about 1.30pm today.

Two visitors to New Zealand were skiing from the top of Mt Aspiring, downhill toward the Bonar Glacier.

One of the skiers got into difficulty, has fallen on the slope and was fatally injured.

The other skier gave first aid to the injured man, but he unfortunately died at the scene.

The Rescue Coordination Centre were advised of the beacon activation just after 1.30pm today.

Police and Search and Rescue teams have been working to locate the skiers this afternoon.

Emergency services are now at the scene and an investigation is underway.

The victim is a 35-year-old American citizen.

Police are currently in the process of talking to his next of kin.

Mount Aspiring towers over the southern alps in New Zealand. Source: istock.com

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Man charged with multiple assaults in Invercargill

A 24-year-old man has been arrested in relation to several assaults in Invercargill today.

The man, who has been remanded in custody, is due to appear in Invercargill District Court on Tuesday 2 October.

The man has been charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and assault. Further charges are likely.

Between 1.30 and 2.30am today, the man allegedly assaulted four people at two different properties.

A 17 and 23-year-old man, and a 26-year-old woman sustained minor injuries from the incident at the first property, while a 30-year-old man sustained serious facial injuries at the second location.

Police are not looking for anyone else in relation to either incident.

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Police car generic. Source: 1 NEWS


First images of wreck believed to be Captain Cook's Endeavour revealed

Researchers exploring whether a shipwreck off the coast of Rhode Island could be the vessel that 18th-century explorer Captain James Cook used to sail around the world have released images of the vessel.

The Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project, which is leading the search effort, and the Australian National Maritime Museum identified the vessel.

It's one of 13 shipwrecks that have been known for years to be in the harbor near Newport, Rhode Island.

Archaeologists were meeting today in Newport to talk about their recent fieldwork.

The Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project also described the site as promising but said it'll still take a lot more work and money to identify it.

Nearly 250 years ago, Cook ran aground on Australia's Great Barrier Reef during a voyage to the South Pacific.

His ship was the Endeavour, an awkward little vessel that improbably helped him become the first European to chart Australia's east coast.

It was the ship in which the explorer charted New Zealand and Australia between 1769 and 1771.

The Endeavour was also part of the fleet of 13 ships the British scuttled during the Revolutionary War in 1778 to blockade Newport Harbor from the French.

It was listed in the records under a different name, the Lord Sandwich.

The nonprofit Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project located documents in London identifying the groups of ships in that fleet and where each was scuttled


Archaeologists are almost certain they've located the scuttled ship. Source: 1 NEWS


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