Jacinda Ardern to become New Zealand's youngest prime minister in 150 years

Jacinda Ardern to become New Zealand's youngest prime minister in 150 years

She said Ms Ardern had "been beavering away for nine years" as part of a "considerable parliamentary apprenticeship" and that the key to coalition politics was good faith and constant communication.

In contrast, Labour campaigned on New Zealand being a country "built on immigration" and wants to increase the refugee quota to 1500.

The Greens are expected to have proportional representation, but given that party is still finalising arrangements Ms Ardern would not go into detail about whether those roles would be inside cabinet or not.

Malcolm Turnbull has reportedly texted Ms Ardern to offer his congratulations.

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern says talks with New Zealand First about who should form the next government have primarily been about policy.

Ardern will become New Zealand's third female prime minister, following in the footsteps of Jenny Shipley and Helen Clark.

There might be some initial awkwardness in Australian-New Zealand relations with Ms Ardern's rise to power. Look fwd to seeing you soon & building on our two nations' great partnership.

"We had a choice to make whether it was either with National or Labour for a modified status quo or for change", he said. "We believe that 11 days from start-to-finish is not too long to wait".

"Should there be a change of government, I would find it very hard to build trust with those involved in allegations created to undermine the Government of Australia", Ms Bishop said.

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Volatile opinion polls had shown a neck-and-neck race, but the ruling Mr English had led in opinion polls up until the day.

There are also bridges to build with the Australian government - which accused the New Zealand Labour party of conspiring against it in the current dual-nationals crisis.

A rising star in Labour since joining Parliament in 2008 as its youngest sitting member, Ardern is unconventional, accessible and ambitious.

Ms Bishop said it would have been unprecedented to give Ms Ardern a congratulatory phone call before the Prime Minister and said she was looking forward to working with her. She's also anticipating attending the APEC Summit in Vietnam next month.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten was quick to congratulate Ms Ardern, 37, on Twitter.

Mr Peters said in his announcement that his party's perception of how capitalism needs to change influenced its decision.

"With respect the people of this country are the ones who deserve to know first", he said, through he conceded "that would be the nice thing to do".

In seven weeks she reversed Labour's slide to gain 37 per cent of the national vote, leaving her competing with National's Bill English on 44 per cent, for the attentions of New Zealand First leader Winston Peters to form a coalition government.

"We've always wanted to be in a coalition with one party, no more", he said.

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