Despite all the uninformed blather about a big victory for National, they have to work with minnows to form a government. If, after specials are counted, and as seems likely, the Nats lose a seat to The Greens or NZF, then they need both Peter Dunne and John Banks to govern. (The Maori Party is still consulting and may well stay in opposition this time.) That means that Dunne and Banks have a lot of negotiating power.
Agreements are expected to be signed today, with Ministerial roles expected for both Dunne and Banks. But it is the details of the policy gains that will tell us the mettle of these two. Did they achieve anything significant with their negotiating power? Or did they roll over for some minor window-dressing policies and the baubles of office? Good luck, UF and ACT voters! (Better luck for the rest of us, of course, if Banks in particular achieved nothing.)