Rt Hon Winston Peters

Rt Hon Winston Peters


Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand


The Hon Winston Peters is the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs, State-Owned Enterprises and Racing.

He has been a member of parliament since 1996.

He was Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer from 1996-1998, leading business and finance delegations to Asia’s capitals, the US and Canada.

From 2005-2008, Mr Peters was Minister of Foreign Affairs and New Zealand Aid in the New Zealand First confidence and supply arrangement with the Labour Government. 

Mr Peters has gained a reputation for his tenacious pursuit of fairness and accountability, highlighted by victories in a number of political exposes. This continues to underscore his politics.

Mr Peters has been successful in two by-elections, one in Tauranga in April 1993, and again in Northland in March 2015.

As well as being a former primary and secondary school teacher, Mr Peters has practised as a Barrister and Solicitor, including in his own law firm. He is a former New Zealand Maori rugby representative.

After the 2017 general elections, New Zealand First formed a coalition government with the Labour Party. Mr Peters