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.