Rt Hon Winston Peters

Winston Peters entered Parliament in 1978 for the National Party as the MP for Hunua and was MP for Tauranga from 1984 till 2005. Mr Peters left the National Party in 1993 to establish the New Zealand First party and has been its leader ever since.

Mr Peters grew up in Northland and holds a BA and LLB. He has worked as a primary and secondary school teacher and has practised as a Barrister and Solicitor, including in his own law firm.

He is a former New Zealand Māori rugby representative.

Mr Peters is the Deputy Prime Minister (Until 31 May 2025), Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Minister for Racing.

Winston Peters portrait