Rt Hon Winston Peters

Rt Hon Winston Peters

25 Jul 2020

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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