Jacinda Ardern pays tribute to Winston Peters - NZ First's future uncertain

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Newstalk ZB,
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Sun, 18 Oct 2020, 7:45AM
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Jacinda Ardern pays tribute to Winston Peters - NZ First's future uncertain

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Sun, 18 Oct 2020, 7:45AM

Jacinda Ardern says we should acknowledge the decades Winston Peters has given to New Zealand politics.

The long-time MP is out of Parliament, after New Zealand First fell well short of the five percent threshold and failed to win Northland.

Ardern says she'd like to think she's formed a good relationship with Peters over the past three years, and she's very proud of what they achieved in government together.

“Regardless of whether or not you were someone who supported him, he did make a contribution to New Zealand politics.

"I for one was extremely proud of what we achieved in government together, and I hope he was too."

It could be a while before New Zealand First says where it's going next.

The Party is a long way short of the threshold for a list seat, and a distant third in the Northland electorate.

Leader Winston Peters spoke briefly at the party headquarters last night - but not to media.

But Northland candidate - and now-former MP - Shane Jones says they need time to reflect on the campaign.

He says that needs to be done with a cool head - not right away.

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