Winston Peters

New Zealand Politician
Born Apr 11, 1945

Winston Raymond Peters is a New Zealand politician and leader of New Zealand First, a political party he founded in 1993. Peters has had a successful and turbulent political career since entering Parliament in 1978, first serving as a Cabinet Minister in the Bolger Government before being sacked in 1991.… Read More

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1945 Birth Born on April 11, 1945.


1975 30 Years Old Peters entered national politics in 1975, standing unsuccessfully for the National Party in the electorate seat of Northern Maori; he got 1873 votes, and was the first National candidate in a Maori seat for some years who did not lose his deposit. … Read More
1981 36 Years Old He lost this seat in 1981, but in 1984 he successfully stood in the electorate of Tauranga.


1986 41 Years Old On 16 December 1986, he exposed the Māori loan affair in Parliament.
1987 42 Years Old He became the National Party's spokesperson on Māori Affairs, Consumer Affairs, and Transport. In 1987, he was elevated to National's front bench, acting as spokesperson for Māori Affairs, Employment, and Race Relations. After National won the 1990 election, Peters became Minister of Māori Affairs in the fourth National government, led by Jim Bolger. … Read More
1993 48 Years Old 1 More Event
In Peters v Collinge, Peters challenged this decision in the High Court, and in early 1993, he chose to resign from the party and from Parliament. … Read More


1996 51 Years Old In the 1996 elections, the MMP electoral system delivered a huge windfall to New Zealand First. … Read More
1999 54 Years Old New Zealand First was severely mauled in the 1999 elections, which saw Labour oust National from power. … Read More


In a speech at Orewa in 2005, he criticised immigration from Asian countries as "imported criminal activity" and warned that New Zealanders were "being colonised without having any say in the numbers of people coming in and where they are from." … Read More
2006 61 Years Old In October 2006, Peters affirmed that he would continue to serve as leader for the 2008 election. … Read More
2008 63 Years Old 1 More Event
…  On 29 August 2008 he stood down as a Minister pending a police investigation into a funding scandal involving Peters and New Zealand First. … Read More
2009 64 Years Old 1 More Event
Peters generally shunned the media spotlight following the election. In 2009, he caused a brief flurry of interest when it was revealed he was still using a ministerial car, some months after his election defeat. … Read More
2010 65 Years Old In late 2010 and early 2011 Peters made a number of appearances on television and radio where he made it clear his and New Zealand First's intention to contest the 2011 election.
As of 2011 Peters and New Zealand First still register in major political polls.
2013 68 Years Old In March 2013, a Peters-led motion criticising the Ben Affleck-directed film Argo was passed unanimously by the New Zealand parliament. Peters attracted media attention in 2008 over controversial payments for legal services and party donations. … Read More
2014 69 Years Old 1 More Event
In the 51st New Zealand Parliament 2014-2017, New Zealand First has two Members’ Bills which directly benefit SuperGold cardholders. … Read More
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