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New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern sets out priorities: climate, inequality and women

New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern sets out priorities: climate, inequality and women

Labor party leader Jacinda Ardern is set to become the next prime minister of New Zealand.

Peters announced on Thursday night his party had chose to join Labour, ending National's nine-year reign and making the 37-year-old prime minister.

New Zealand's prime minister elect Jacinda Ardern has laid out her priorities for the country, saying she plans to urgently address climate change, tackle inequality and improving women's lives in the home and workplace. This effectively ends the National's almost a decade of rule.

A boost in spending on conservation and an overhaul of the welfare system are two of a raft of concessions handed to the Greens in return for their support of the Labour-New Zealand First government. They need 61 seats to form a majority.

Winston Peters, leader of New Zealand First party, addresses media in Wellington, New Zealand, on October 19, 2017.

"This is an exciting day".

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"We have found allies in this parliament who wish to join with us in building a fairer New Zealand, " Ardern told her caucus on Friday afternoon, where she was welcomed with applause, kisses and hugs.

"We will work hard to ensure New Zealand is once again a world leader, a country we can all be proud of".

"We had a choice to make whether it was either with National or Labour for a modified status quo or for change", he said.

But Ms Ardern has denied her government is a "coalition of the losers" and says she is hopeful it will see out its term. She continued, "We both share a commitment to making New Zealand a better place and Bill has left his mark".

Ardern said Winston Peters had been offered the deputy prime ministership, but had not said if he would accept the offer.

While Bishop said it would be inappropriate for her to pre-empt that message from Turnbull, in regards to whether she can trust the new New Zealand leader, she did say that she has accepted an explanation from Ardern on a member of her party who played a key part in the Joyce issue.