18. The parties undertake to hold a political consultation between the relevant minister and the appropriate spokesperson on the areas of cooperation covered in this agreement or other issues, as agreed. This process will also apply to the Greens` ministerial portfolios. 22. If a broad participation in the development of a political initiative has taken place and this participation has resulted in an agreed position, both sides should publicly support the process and the outcome of that agreement. This does not prevent the parties from noting that the agreed position differs from their stated policy. On 11 June, the Labour-led coalition government abandoned its efforts to appeal the “three-shot” reform law in 2010 because NZ First opposed it internally.    Ardern confirmed that after the birth of her child, she would temporarily cede her duties to Winston Peters for six weeks. Peters became Prime Minister-in-Office on June 20, 2018, when Ardern came to work.
Her six-week maternity leave ended on August 2, 2018.   In the general election on 23 September 2017, the New Zealand First Party maintained the balance of power between the National and the centre-left bloc of Labour and the Greens. After several weeks of negotiations with The National and Labour, New Zealand First announced on 19 October 2017 that it was forming a minority government with Labour. The Greens` confidence-building and supply support, negotiated separately with Labour, allows the government to secure a majority in the Chamber of Deputies.   During the coalition negotiations, Labour agreed to abandon the proposed water tax for farmers as part of their agreement with New Zealand First.  In exchange, NZ First agreed to drop its request for referendums on lifting New Zealand`s anti-smacking ban and abolishing Maori voters.   The Greens agreed to a confidence and supply agreement with Labour and New Zealand First in exchange for several concessions, including: a referendum on the legalization of cannabis, the treatment of alcohol and drugs as a health problem, net emissions by 2050 and an analysis of the impact on all climate laws Early November 2019 , New Zealand and China have agreed on a revaluation of their free trade agreement. China has agreed to relax restrictions on New Zealand imports, commit to environmental standards and give NCBs preferential access to its trade in wood and paper.
In exchange, New Zealand agreed to relax visa restrictions for Chinese travel guides and Chinese language teachers.   Stuff estimates that the agreement was supported by 85% of delegates – an overwhelming majority, but the number of opposing votes is an increase from the 2017 confidence and delivery vote, when only three delegates opposed it. On June 26, 2019, the teachers` union, the New Zealand Educational Institute, voted to adopt the government`s $1.5 billion collective agreement. This collective agreement contains a new single wage structure that will restore parity across the state`s school sector. Among the most important provisions are an 18.5% increase in the basic salaries of all teachers by July 2021 and whether teachers can benefit from a new peak salary of $90,000 million in the third quarter. While primary school teachers voted to accept the government`s offer, school leaders refused the offer and demanded better wages and working conditions.    On June 28, 2019, the High School Teachers` Union, the Post Primary Teachers` Association, voted by a 65% majority in favour of the government`s wage offer, which included a 1,500 NZ package and a 3% pay increase in July and over the next three years.    24.