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Quotes From Today's Government Support Agreement Announcements

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Fuseworks Media

Wellington, Nov 16 NZPA - Some quotes from today's announcements on deals to support the incoming National government:

* "Today is a very, very important day, certainly for the National Party, and it's very important for me personally," National leader John Key on forming a government and in particular the Maori Party's role in it.

* "It won't be altogether terribly easy some days, but it is the opportunity that we sought," Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples acknowledges the differences between National and his party.

* "I can't imagine anybody from the private sector to come into an office and go through the budget line by line to be able to tell us what we should or should not be doing," Dr Sharples' co-leader Tariana Turia shows there could be some tension over plans to examine departmental budgets.

* "I felt that I made it a bit more difficult for John at the start. I sort of didn't get the movement from the campaign into post-election well. I apologise to John Key for that," ACT leader Rodney Hide on his statement during talks that Mr Key is to the left of Helen Clark on some issues.

* "There is a recognition from both sides that in order to promote strong growth in investment, employment and incomes, stable government and high levels of business confidence are required," Mr Key on his agreement with ACT.

* "John Key and I have set the big goal of New Zealand closing the income gap with Australia by 2025. We aim to catch and match Australia. That's a stretch. It's what we need to bring our kids home," Mr Hide on the government's policy objectives.

* "That doesn't include political parties who may think they know better than us," Mrs Turia on others wishing to delve into her ministerial portfolios.

* "It is a privilege to serve," United Future leader Peter Dunne on why he took the low profile Minister of Revenue position.

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