Discussions on NZ govt to begin

Preliminary discussions are due to be held on Thursday with the main parties and so-called kingmaker Winston Peters over the future make-up of the New Zealand government.

After the election last month failed to produce a clear winner, the incumbent National Party and rival Labour/Green coalition are both seeking to garner the support of Peters' NZ First party.

Whoever Peters and his party choose to support will be able to form the next government.

Prime Minister Bill English and Labour leader Jacinda Ardern have both spoken to Peters over the phone, but the first formal discussions will now take place on Thursday.

Peters has said he intends to announce who he will side with on 12 October.

His choice could have a big impact on the country's PPP programme, which has slowly been ramped up by the National Party but is viewed much more sceptically by the Labour and Green opposition.