25 Feb 2014

We could govern with Peters - Cunliffe

4:35 pm on 25 February 2014

Labour Party leader David Cunliffe is confident his party can form the next government if it can lift its party vote to the high thirties or 40 percent.

In the most recent opinion poll, Labour had 34 percent support and Mr Cunliffe says it has to do better than that at the election later in the year.

David Cunliffe.

David Cunliffe. Photo: RNZ

David Cunliffe says Labour is putting the organisation into place to ensure it can get as many of its supporters to vote as possible.

Mr Cunliffe says he has a good relationship with Labour's likely coalition party the Greens and he also has no doubt New Zealand First leader Winston Peters

could be part of a Labour-led government.

Mr Cunliffe told Nine to Noon Labour's track record shows it can work effectively with Me Peters.

"I've never differed from that view. Unlike the prime minister I've never ruled them out or had a Damascus conversion of convenience.

"I've always said that is a relationship that has a number of things in common."

But the Labour leader will not be drawn on what sorts of deals he would be prepared to make with the Greens and New Zealand First in order to form a government.