Winston Peters is the current Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs, State-Owned Enterprises and Racing.
Mr Peters has had a long political career. He first entered Parliament in 1978 as a member of the National Party, and has been Leader of the New Zealand First party since its formation in 1993, gaining 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 previously held the roles of Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer from 1996-1998, and Minister of Foreign Affairs 2005-2008.
As well as being a former primary and secondary school teacher, Mr Peters has practiced 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.