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New Zealand First MPs: Winston Peters, 2005

New Zealand First MPs: Winston Peters, 2005

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters announces his party's law and order policy at a campaign meeting in Masterton. Peters entered Parliament as National MP for Hūnua in 1979. He then served eight successive terms as MP for Tauranga, first representing National and, from 1993, his own party: New Zealand First. In 2005 he became a list MP. New Zealand First won no seats in 2008 but returned to Parliament in 2011. From 2015 to 2017 Peters was MP for Northland. He lost this electorate in 2017 but was one of nine New Zealand First MPs returned on the party list. New Zealand First formed a coalition government with Labour that was supported by the Green Party.

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Ann Sullivan, 'Tōrangapū – Māori and political parties - National, New Zealand First, Māori and Mana parties', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 June 2024)

Story by Ann Sullivan, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 18 Jul 2016