Rt Hon Winston Peters

Born and raised in Northland, Rt Hon Winston Peters first entered Parliament in 1978. He has since held many roles including MP for Tauranga from 1984-2005, Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer from 1996-1998, and Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2005-2008.


After the 2017 general elections, New Zealand First formed a coalition government with the Labour Party. Today, Winston is the Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister for Foreign Affairs, State-Owned Enterprises and Racing.

As well as being a former primary and secondary school teacher, Winston has practised as a barrister and solicitor, including in his own law firm. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws and is a former New Zealand Maori rugby representative.

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