The stars seem to be aligning in favour of the establishment of a socially conservative Christian-based political party, making it more than just a vague possibility. However, some big hurdles remain in place before the National Party can be hopeful that it has a new coalition-friendly party to help it into office at the next election.

Barry Soper broke the story on Friday, reporting that "Talk within the party's been rife for weeks now with [Alfred] Ngaro's plan being well received" – see: National needs friends ... Is former Cabinet Minister Alfred Ngaro the answer?

The idea



The ideological landscape

Alfred Ngaro's leadership

Gap in the party system

Risk of "dirty deal" backlash

Risk of National tarnishing its brand