Bernard Hickey

Bernard was the Managing Editor of from 2008 to 2012. A financial journalist for 20 years, he has worked for Reuters, the FT Group and Fairfax Media in Wellington, Canberra, Sydney, London, Singapore and Auckland in that order.

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Those expecting any sort of deal to form a Government today should hold their horses, Bernard Hickey writes. Winston Peters hasn't even started talking with Bill English about ministerial positions or governing arrangements. And the New Zealand First board (and National or Labour) would then have to sign off on those too.

In today's email, the coalition negotiation meetings wind up but we need to wait a bit longer for a new Government, we look into whether Housing NZ is paying an Irish company $1b for prefab homes, and examine the challenges and opportunities posed by new developments in food technology.

In this email for subscribers sent on Sunday, we assess the increased chances of a left-leaning Government after National lost two seats after the counting of special votes. The result could have been 57 all between National and Labour-Green if Labour had been able to take just 5,000 more votes off National.