New Zealand First Party leader Winston Peters began talks on Thursday with the governing National Party and opposition Labour Party aimed at forming a coalition government after last month's inconclusive election.
New Zealand's major political parties will be meeting on Sunday, with the small nationalist party that holds the balance of power after the September 23 election expected to hold talks about the formation of the next government.
"Today's final election count has strengthened the mandate for change", she said in a statement.
The final vote count, which included 17 percent of votes from people who voted outside of their district or voted from overseas, left the Labour-Green alliance with two more seats at the expense of the National Party.
The populist New Zealand First party is expected to hold the balance of power in the country's next parliament following the release of the final election tally on Saturday.
Green Party leader James Shaw echoed her words.
"I remain as determined as ever to lead a strong, stable government for the next three years that will deliver on the hopes and aspirations of all New Zealanders", he said. "The fundamentals haven't altered, and that is National has significantly more seats than Labour, we are larger than a Labour-Greens combination".
In total, the incumbent conservative National Party received 44.4 percent of the vote, the Labour-Green alliance a combined 43.2 percent, and the nationalist New Zealand First party 7.6 percent. Parties receive seats in Parliament in proportion to their party vote share while seats are filled firstly by winning electorate candidates and secondly by candidates on the party's list. These may include plans to slash migration to 10,000 a year - a drop of more than 60,000; a ban on foreigners buying land, and establishment of a foreign ownership register; moving public service jobs out of Wellington to regional areas; holding a referendum on the anti-smacking law; and installing New Zealand woollen carpets in all government departments, schools and agencies.