Winston Peters
New Zealand politician
Winston Peters
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.
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Deported Indian students: 'We haven't told our parents — how can we?' - New Zealand Herald
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SBS Deported Indian students: 'We haven't told our parents — how can we?' New Zealand Herald A young Indian couple facing deportation with their 2-year-old daughter still haven't told their parents of the fate that has been hanging over them for nine months. "We didn't talk about this at all - how can we talk? They are going to take very ... Winston Peters says at least one NZ First MP won't stand in September's electionStuff.co.nz Indian students 'not victims' - Immigration MinisterRadio New Zealand Indian Community calls on PM to intervene on deportationScoop.co.nz (press release) SBS -TVNZ -Auckland stuff.co.nz -Newshub all 16 news articles »
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Election dances begin as Bill English sets a date for a spring election - TVNZ
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The National Business Review Election dances begin as Bill English sets a date for a spring election TVNZ Bill English is coy about Winston Peters but Andrew Little says leave it to the voters - it must be election year. Election dances have already begun hard on the heels of the Prime Minister's announcement this afternoon that the General Election will ... NZ to vote on 23 SeptRadio New Zealand English reveals general election dateNewstalk ZB PM English names Sept. 23 for 2017 general electionScoop.co.nz (press release) Yahoo News -Indian Weekender -Business Insider Australia -Newshub all 46 news articles »
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Winston Peters tells Greymouth meeting Pike River re-entry a 'bottom line' - New Zealand Herald
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Radio New Zealand Winston Peters tells Greymouth meeting Pike River re-entry a 'bottom line' New Zealand Herald NZ First leader Winston Peters says his party believes a report that says there is no technical mining reason re-entry into the Pike River Mine could not be achieved safely. Photo / George Novak. Winston Peters has told a meeting in Greymouth that NZ ... Speech: Peters - Pike RiverScoop.co.nz (press release) Peters meets with Pike River familiesRadio New Zealand Winston Peters visits Pike River protestStuff.co.nz Newstalk ZB all 6 news articles »
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Jonathan Milne: Winston Peters should be docked the cost of aborted Treaty settlements from his own salary - Stuff.co.nz
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Stuff.co.nz Jonathan Milne: Winston Peters should be docked the cost of aborted Treaty settlements from his own salary Stuff.co.nz OPINION: Once more, a few men's egos got in the way of a hard-fought and momentous resolution to the Treaty claim – the latest in a long, shameful history. It was a Friday night, the eve of the 1999 election. Jenny Shipley's lame duck government was ... Iwi chairman frustrated passing of $6.2m settlement delayedNew Zealand Herald all 2 news articles »
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MPs putting creature comforts ahead of struggling families - Peters - Stuff.co.nz
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Stuff.co.nz MPs putting creature comforts ahead of struggling families - Peters Stuff.co.nz The lease on Bowen House, seen to the left of the Beehive, is up for renewal in 2018 and options for what do to with the MPs and staff who occupy it are up in the air. NZ First has broken ranks to oppose a new building for MPs and Parliamentary staff ... Peters: Don't build a new building, cut MPsNewstalk ZB No New Parliamentary Building for UsScoop.co.nz (press release) Winston Peters kicked out - againNewshub all 5 news articles »
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Ignorance factor in road death toll - waateanews.com
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waateanews.com Ignorance factor in road death toll waateanews.com Road Safety Education is welcoming a pledge by New Zealand First to tackle the problem of young people driving without a licence. Echoing a Labour Party policy, leader Winston Peters says helping secondary school students get licences could cut down ... and more »
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Govt putting police focus on cities at regions' expense - Peters - Radio New Zealand
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Stuff.co.nz Govt putting police focus on cities at regions' expense - Peters Radio New Zealand The government is concentrating police staff in cities at the expense of small towns, Northland MP Winston Peters says. Mr Peters told a Paihia audience today a six-year freeze on police funding has led to a new style of policing in the regions, using ... Policy 'plagiarism' irritates Winston Peters as he protects his brandStuff.co.nz Rogues Give All Responsible Farmers a Bad NameScoop.co.nz New Zealand First demonises Muslim immigrantsWorld Socialist Web Site all 6 news articles »
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Who wants to be NZ's High Commissioner in London? - TVNZ
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Otago Daily Times Who wants to be NZ's High Commissioner in London? TVNZ Two senior politicians who are seen as potential candidates to one day become New Zealand's High Commissioner in London are either playing coy or outright dismissing the idea. Winston Peters booted out of parliament again after accusing the speaker of ... Barry Soper: Political ramifications for Peters vs CarterNew Zealand Herald Next London High Commissioner 'not a politician', says GovernmentStuff.co.nz Opinion: London calling, but for which MP?Newshub all 5 news articles »
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Alternative flag will fly on Harbour Bridge - New Zealand Herald
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Newstalk ZB Alternative flag will fly on Harbour Bridge New Zealand Herald The alternative flag will fly on the Auckland Harbour Bridge ahead of a referendum to decide if it will replace the current New Zealand flag -- a move slammed as desperate by NZ First leader Winston Peters. The black, white and blue silver fern design ... Winston Peters labels Auckland Harbour Bridge flag move 'grandstanding' by Prime MinisterStuff.co.nz Kiwis have mixed reaction to alternative NZ flag being flown on Auckland Harbour BridgeTVNZ PM Wages War on Public Opinion Over FlagScoop.co.nz (press release) 3News NZ -Radio New Zealand -Newstalk ZB all 18 news articles »
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Peters in court over election complaints - NZCity
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Peters in court over election complaints NZCity NZ First leader Winston Peters is seeking a judicial review of the Electoral Commission's decision not to take action over complaints he made. 12 October 2015. NZ First leader Winston Peters has gone to court to challenge the lack of action over ... and more »
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Winston Peters labels handling of flag debate 'undemocratic' - Stuff.co.nz
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Radio New Zealand Winston Peters labels handling of flag debate 'undemocratic' Stuff.co.nz NZ First leader Winston Peters argues for more speaking time in the flag Select Committee, but gets shot down for question time afterwards. NZ First leader Winston Peters has accused a National MP chairing the flag referendum debate of being undemocratic ... Flag debate votes a biased process - MallardNew Zealand Herald 'No one is protesting in the streets': RSA questions New Zealand's flag referendumTVNZ MPs asked to consider different flag processRadio New Zealand Gisborne Herald all 28 news articles »
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Peters' victory prompts seismic shift in political landscape - Otago Daily Times
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Otago Daily Times Peters' victory prompts seismic shift in political landscape Otago Daily Times The humiliating defeat that Winston Peters inflicted on the National Party in last Saturday's Northland by-election has changed nothing. At the same time, it has changed everything. It has changed nothing in the short term despite the widespread assumption ... Resurgent Peters out to rally the regionsNew Zealand Herald Winston Peters: Forestry and dairy at riskRadio New Zealand Northland by-election dust starts to settleStuff.co.nz NZCity all 11 news articles »
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Bryce Edwards: Conservatives v NZ First - New Zealand Herald
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Radio New Zealand Bryce Edwards: Conservatives v NZ First New Zealand Herald Winston Peters and Colin Craig are going head to head in the battle of the minor parties. Photos: File. The apparent battle to the electoral death between the two minor socially conservative parties, New Zealand First and the Conservatives, could be one of the ... NZ POLITICS DAILY: Conservatives vs NZ FirstNational Business Review (subscription) Key cold on 'gift' seat moveStuff.co.nz Craig to Peters: Say where you're standingThe Dominion Post Gisborne Herald -3News NZ -Radio New Zealand all 100 news articles »
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Peters admits to mansion visits, sides with Dotcom against Key - and claims govt ... - National Business Review (subscription)
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Manawatu Standard Peters admits to mansion visits, sides with Dotcom against Key - and claims govt ... National Business Review (subscription) Barely three weeks after Prime Minister John Key extended an MMP olive branch to potential coalition partner Winston Peters, their relationship seems to have gone to heck. Mr Key has spent the past two days ribbing the NZ First leader, alleging secret visits ... Winston Peters: Spies watched me meet DotcomTVNZ 'Key used GCSB to spy on me' – Winston Peters3News NZ No deal with Dotcom - NormanRadio New Zealand New Zealand Herald -waateanews.com -Stuff.co.nz all 54 news articles »
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National confident of retaining Whangarei seat - Newstalk ZB
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Newstalk ZB National confident of retaining Whangarei seat Newstalk ZB UPDATED 6:58pm: National's confident of retaining the Whangarei seat this year, amid speculation Winston Peters has his eye on it. The current MP, Phil Heatley, is retiring at this year's election, leaving Whangarei wide open. John Key says it's not his party's ... Transgender MP to vie for Whangarei seat3News NZ Peters coy on standing for Whangarei seatThe Farming Show all 3 news articles »
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Key plays down NZ First's rise in the polls - Newstalk ZB
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Newstalk ZB Key plays down NZ First's rise in the polls Newstalk ZB The latest 3 News poll puts New Zealand First in the position of king maker, on 5.7 per cent. But the prime minister told Newstalk ZB the election will be a different story, and he won't be on his knees to Winston Peters. "Fundamentally, if people want to see a ... Labour open to working with New Zealand FirstThe Farming Show Poll: National drops, Peters kingmaker3News NZ Poll puts NZ First over thresholdRadio New Zealand NZ City -Scoop.co.nz (press release) all 13 news articles »
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War vets unfairly treated, MP says - NZ City
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War vets unfairly treated, MP says NZ City NZ First leader Winston Peters wants an independent inquiry into why nearly 7000 disability claims by war veterans have been declined. 29 January 2014. War veterans have had nearly 7000 disability claims declined because their service records have been ... NZ First wants veteran disability claim inquiry3News NZ Veterans ignored by penny pinching govt - NZ FirstVoxy all 5 news articles »
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MPs start arriving at Ratana - Stuff.co.nz
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waateanews.com MPs start arriving at Ratana Stuff.co.nz The first politicians have been welcomed onto Ratana this morning and already they are making an impression. New Zealand First leader Winston Peters was the first to be welcomed to the celebrations of the birthday of Ratana prophet Tahupotiki Wiremu ... Harawira: Mana doesn't need celebrities3News NZ Politicians vie for Maori vote at RatanaRadio New Zealand Labour upping efforts to win back Ratana favourThe Dominion Post MSN NZ News all 14 news articles »
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NZ awash with immigrant crime - Peters - Voxy
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Newstalk ZB NZ awash with immigrant crime - Peters Voxy Rt Hon Winston Peters says the $120 million drugs and property bust yesterday shows that Immigration New Zealand and its political masters have no idea they are bringing organised crime into the country. More than 330kg of pseudoephedrine was seized ... Peters warns of immigrant crime waveSunday Star Times Record haul: $120m in drugs and assets seizedTVNZ Police carry out $120 million drug bustNew Zealand Herald Otago Daily Times -Stuff.co.nz -Radio New Zealand all 22 news articles »
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Winston Peters
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 68
    In the 2014 general election New Zealand First increased their parliamentary representation further, winning 8.6% of the party vote to secure 11 seats in the New Zealand parliament.
    More Details Hide Details After the resignation of Mike Sabin in the New Zealand electorate of Northland, a by-election was held, which was won by Winston Peters with a commanding majority, despite the National Party having held the seat for many decades. With Winston Peters resigning his list seat in order to take up the Northland seat, this allowed New Zealand First's representation in parliament to increase to 12, with Ria Bond, the next available candidate on New Zealand First's party list filling the vacant list seat. Peters does not fit neatly on either side of the political spectrum. He says he distrusts the corporate world, a fact sometimes used to label him as left-wing. However, he favours cutting taxes and shrinking the size of government, and has long exhibited strong conservatism in his social policy. Peters has a generally fraught relationship with the media with media interactions often described as confrontational. Peters attributes the hostility of media coverage to foreign-ownership of New Zealand media assets and their political agenda.
    In the 51st New Zealand Parliament 2014-2017, New Zealand First has two Members’ Bills which directly benefit SuperGold cardholders.
    More Details Hide Details The SuperGold Health Check Bill which will give all SuperGold Card Holders three free doctors’ visits every year is coming up for First Reading in Parliament in February 2015. The SuperGold Health Insurance Rebate proposes 25 per cent off health insurance for SuperGold cardholders is part of the Affordable Healthcare omnibus bill in the members' bill ballot sponsored by NZ First MP Fletcher Tabuteau.
  • 2013
    Age 67
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He had received $100,000 in 2006 to fund legal costs of challenging the election of Bob Clarkson to the Tauranga electorate. The money came from Owen Glenn, a wealthy New Zealand businessman and philanthropist based in Monaco. Under parliamentary rules any gift to MPs over the value of $500 must be relinquished. Peters denied knowing about the source of the money but this was not corroborated by his lawyer Brian Henry and Glenn contradicted Peters' denial. The Vela family, prominent in the racing industry, had donated $150,000 to Peters over a four-year period. The payments were made in sums of $10,000 in order to remain within rules governing political party funding. The Dominion Post published details from New Zealand First sources that before the 2005 election $25,000 had been donated to the party from Bob Jones via the Spencer Trust. The Trust is administered by Wayne Peters, a brother of Winston Peters. Jones confirmed that he had paid the money to the Spencer Trust and was asked by Winston Peters to make the donation. Peters denies that he had asked Jones for a donation to the party. The donation was not declared to the Electoral Commission as required by law.
  • 2011
    Age 65
    In the 2011 general election New Zealand First experienced a resurgence in support, winning 6.8 percent of the party vote to secure eight seats in Parliament.
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    New Zealand First's annual convention in July 2011 received widespread media coverage and somewhat restored the media's interest in Peters and the party.
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    As of 2011 Peters and New Zealand First still register in major political polls.
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  • 2010
    Age 64
    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.
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  • 2009
    Age 63
    He appeared on TV ONE's Q & A programme on 5 July 2009, confirming that he was still the leader of New Zealand First.
    More Details Hide Details He hinted at a political comeback and attacked the New Zealand government's review of the Foreshore and Seabed Act.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Later it was reported he had started writing a rugby column for a local magazine.
  • 2008
    Age 62
    On 29 August 2008, Peters offered to stand down from his portfolios as Foreign Affairs and Racing Minister, pending an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office as to whether the donations from Sir Robert Jones and the Vela brothers reached the New Zealand First party as intended.
    More Details Hide Details On 10 September 2008, Winston Peters gave evidence to the Privileges Committee of the New Zealand Parliament in an attempt to refute evidence given by Owen Glenn. The Privileges Committee returned a report on 22 September recommending that Peters be censured for "knowingly providing false or misleading information on a return of pecuniary interests". Parliament passed a motion censuring Peters the following day. All but three of the parties in Parliament (New Zealand First, Labour, and Progressives who abstained) supported the censure. Peters was later cleared by the Serious Fraud Office with respect to political donations, however some matters were referred back to the Electoral Commission as it was determined that, while no fraud had taken place, some electoral law matters with regard to funding declarations were not complied with. The police subsequently decided that no offence had been committed. Peters has referred to the affair as part of the "most vicious character assassination seen in any campaign this country has ever witnessed" and unsuccessfully sued Television New Zealand for defamation.
    On 29 August 2008 he stood down as a Minister pending a police investigation into a funding scandal involving Peters and New Zealand First.
    More Details Hide Details In the 2008 general election, New Zealand First failed to reach the five percent threshold and Peters did not regain his seat. As a result, neither Peters or New Zealand First were returned to Parliament. However, in the 2011 general election New Zealand First experienced a resurgence in support, winning 6.8 percent of the party vote to secure eight seats in Parliament. In the 2014 general election, NZ First gained 11 seats and finished with 8.6 percent. Peters was born in the Northland city of Whangarei. His father is of Māori descent and his mother of Scottish descent. His iwi affiliation is Ngāti Wai and his clan is McInnes. Two of his brothers, Ian and Jim, have also been MPs, and another brother Ron has also stood as a New Zealand First candidate. After attending Whangarei Boys' High School and Dargaville High School Peters studied history, politics and law at the University of Auckland and graduated BA and LLB before working both as a lawyer for the law firm of Russell McVeagh and as a teacher. He was a member of the University Rugby Club in Auckland and captain of the Auckland Māori Rugby team. He also played in the Prince of Wales Cup for the Māori All Blacks trials. One brother, Wayne, played rugby for Otago and North Auckland in the then National Provincial Championship and was in the Junior All Blacks while another brother, Allan, represented Wanganui in rugby.
  • 2006
    Age 60
    In October 2006, Peters affirmed that he would continue to serve as leader for the 2008 election.
    More Details Hide Details Peters tried to regain Tauranga in the 2008 election and lost to National's Simon Bridges by a margin of 11,742 votes, a much larger loss than in 2005. With New Zealand First gaining 4.07 percent of the vote and failing to reach the 5 percent threshold to enter Parliament without winning an electorate seat, Peters did not enter the 49th New Zealand Parliament. In his concession speech, Peters promised, "This is not the end", and alluded to the fact that while New Zealand First would not have any members in Parliament, it was still New Zealand's fourth largest political party, with 4.07 percent of the vote. Despite this, political commentators described the defeat as "the end of the road" for Peters.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2005
    Age 59
    As the 2005 general election approached, Peters did not indicate a preference for coalition with either of the major parties, declaring that he would not seek the "baubles of office".
    More Details Hide Details He promised to either give support in confidence and supply to the party with the most seats, or to abstain from no-confidence votes against it, and that he would not deal with any coalition that included the Greens. He pledged to keep post-election negotiations to under three weeks following criticism of the seven-week marathon it took to broker a deal with National in 1996. In the election, some of New Zealand First's traditional support moved to National. Peters himself narrowly lost his longstanding hold on Tauranga to National MP Bob Clarkson, but New Zealand First did well enough to receive seven seats (down from 13 in 2002), allowing Peters to remain in Parliament as a list MP. Soon after the 2005 election Peters launched a legal challenge against Clarkson. The case alleged that Clarkson had spent more than the legal limit allowed for campaign budgets during elections in New Zealand. This legal bid ultimately failed, with a majority of the judges in the case declaring that Clarkson had not overspent.
    New Zealand First introduced the SuperGold Card to improve the quality of life of New Zealand’s senior citizens and acknowledge their contribution to society. As a condition of the 2005 confidence and supply agreement between the New Zealand First Party and the Labour Government, Winston Peters launched the SuperGold Card in August 2007.
    More Details Hide Details The well-being of seniors has always been a primary concern for New Zealand First, and the party has taken many initiatives to improve the life of seniors. New Zealand First established a research team to design the SuperGold Card, which included public transport benefits like free off-peak travel (funded by the Government) and discounts from businesses and companies across thousands of outlets. Winston Peters negotiated with then Prime Minister Helen Clark despite widespread opposition to the card on the grounds of high cost. However, it was argued much of the extra costs were ‘book entries’, for example; the Government subsidises much of public transport anyway, where buses and trains travel with empty seats during off-peak hours. SuperGold Card commuters are simply using buses and trains during off-peak times (Auckland SuperGold cardholders also enjoy the benefit during peak times). The real costs are relatively low compared to the benefits enjoyed.
    In July 2005, Peters said New Zealand should err on the side of caution in admitting immigrants until they "affirm their commitment to New Zealanders' values and standards."
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    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."
    More Details Hide Details He also accused the Labour Party of having an "ethnic engineering and re-population policy."
  • 1999
    Age 53
    New Zealand First was severely mauled in the 1999 elections, which saw Labour oust National from power.
    More Details Hide Details The party suffered for the rash of party-switching. Additionally, there was a wide perception that Peters had led voters to believe a vote for New Zealand First would get rid of National, only to turn around and go into coalition with National. New Zealand First collapsed to 4.3 percent of the vote, and would have been shut out of Parliament had Peters not managed to hold onto Tauranga by 63 votes. This only allowed New Zealand First to win five seats. Under New Zealand's MMP rules, a party that falls below the 5 percent threshold can still qualify for MMP by winning one electorate seat. Still in opposition, he continued to promote his traditional policies, but also became more noticeably concerned about immigration policies. In the 2002 election, Peters performed well once again, campaigning on three main issues: reducing immigration, increasing punishments for crime, and ending the "grievance industry" around Treaty of Waitangi settlements. This message regained much support for both Peters and his party, especially from among the elderly who had in the past backed Winston Peters, and New Zealand First won 10 percent of the vote and 13 seats. Peters seemed to hope that Labour would choose to ally with New Zealand First in order to stay in power. However, Clark explicitly rejected this possibility, instead relying on support from elsewhere. This appeared to anger Peters considerably.
  • 1996
    Age 50
    In the 1996 elections, the MMP electoral system delivered a huge windfall to New Zealand First.
    More Details Hide Details The party won 17 seats and swept all of the Māori electorates. More importantly, it held the balance of power in Parliament. Neither National nor Labour had enough support to govern alone. Neither party could form a majority without the backing of New Zealand First, meaning Peters could effectively choose the next prime minister. It was widely expected that he would throw his support to Labour and make Labour leader Helen Clark New Zealand's first female prime minister. Peters had bitterly criticised his former National colleagues, and appeared to promise that he would not even consider a coalition with Bolger. However, after over a month of negotiations with both parties, Peters decided to enter into coalition with National. Michael Laws, the party's campaign manager, later claimed that Peters had already decided to join forces with National and used his negotiations with Labour simply to win more concessions from Bolger.
  • FORTIES
  • 1993
    Age 47
    Shortly before the 1993 election, Peters established New Zealand First and retained his Tauranga seat.
    More Details Hide Details Another New Zealand First candidate, Tau Henare, unseated the Labour incumbent in Northern Maori, helping to convince people that New Zealand First was not simply Peters' personal vehicle.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details This prompted a by-election in Tauranga some months before the scheduled general election. He stood as an independent and won easily.
  • 1987
    Age 41
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Peters disagreed with the party leadership on a number of matters, and frequently spoke out against his party regarding them. This made him relatively popular with the public. However, his party colleagues distrusted him, and his publicity-seeking behaviour made him increasingly disliked within his own party. While National may have tolerated his difference of opinion, they were far less willing to accept public criticism from a Cabinet minister which they determined was undermining the party. In October 1991, Bolger sacked Peters from Cabinet. Peters remained as a National backbencher, continuing to criticise the party. In late 1992, when the National Party was considering possible candidates for the elections in the following year, it was decided that Peters would not be allowed to seek renomination for Tauranga.
  • 1986
    Age 40
    On 16 December 1986, he exposed the Māori loan affair in Parliament.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1981
    Age 35
    He lost this seat in 1981, but in 1984 he successfully stood in the electorate of Tauranga.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1975
    Age 29
    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.
    More Details Hide Details This followed a successful campaign by Peters and other members of his Ngati Wai iwi to retain their tribal land in the face of the Labour government's plan to create coastal land reserves for the public. The result was that virtually no ancestral land was taken by the government of the day in the Whangarei coastal areas, and the initiative helped inspire the 1975 Land March led by Whina Cooper. Peters successfully ran again in 1978 but only after winning in the High Court an electoral petition which overturned the election night result for the seat of (an electorate in the Auckland area) against Malcolm Douglas, the brother of Roger Douglas.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1945
    Born
    Born on April 11, 1945.
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