Jacinda Ardern: full speech
He was the consummate survivor of New Zealand politics; an irascible, populist maverick who at times handpicked who would lead the country. Winston Peters, the leader of the minor New Zealand First party, was at the centre of many political maelstroms of the past few decades – and famously, in 2017, propelled Jacinda Ardern to lead the country.
Year after year, he defied polls that suggested he would be consigned to political history, instead being part of four governments during his time in power. But in Saturday’s election, Peters failed to rate with voters and will leave parliament, along with the party he founded.
With 90% of the vote counted, New Zealand First won 2.6%, well short of the 5% threshold needed for a party to enter parliament, unless an MP from that party wins a constituent seat. Peters’ party did not. It was an undignified end for a party that had held nine seats in parliament and the balance of power in Ardern’s coalition government:
He hasn’t taken a moment because he was worried about burning fish and getting his and Ardern’s daughter Neve to sleep, he says.
The fish is a reference to the fried dish he made for reporters outside the PM’s home earlier: