Labour leader is optimistic about forming a government despite falling well short of unseating the ruling National party

Jacinda Ardern has vowed to fight on for change in New Zealand government as coalition talks begin between the two major parties and kingmaker New Zealand First’s Winston Peters.

Speaking outside her Auckland home on Sunday, Ardern said she was feeling positive and rested after Saturday’s election stalemate, which saw the ruling National party win 58 seats and Labour 45 – both short of the 61 needed to form a government in the 120-seat parliament.

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