Winston Peters Birth Details
Winston Raymond Peters was born on April 11, 1945 in the northern town of Whangarei.
Importance of Winston Peters
Winston Peters is a politician of New Zealand and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, presently. He is the leader of the New Zealand First political party.
Earlier life of Winston Peters
- Peters was born of mixed ethnicity.
- Winston Peters father was Maori and his mother was of Scottish descent.
- He has two brothers, Ian Peters and Jim Peters
- They are also politicians and have been members of parliament.
- He was educated from Whangarei Boys' High School and Dargaville High School. Winston Peters’subjects were history, politics and law at the University of Auckland.
- He also graduated BA and LLB before joining as a teacher and a lawyer.
- He played rugby and was a member of the University Rugby Club in Auckland.
- He was appointed captain of the Auckland Maori Rugby team.
- He participated and played in the Prince of Wales Cup trials for the Maori All Blacks. One of his brother,Wayne also played rugby in the National Provincial Championship. He was in the Junior All Blacks team.
- His brother Allan represented Wanganui in rugby.
Winston Peters Political Career
- Winston Peters entered politics of Newzealand in 1975.
- He stood for the National Party in the electorate seat of Northern Maori, but could not win.
- He and other members of his Ngati Wai iwi initiated a campaign to safegard the possession their tribal land.
- It was because the Labour governments planned create coastal land reserves for the public. The campaign was sucessful and no ancestral land wasoccupied by the government in the Whangarei coastal areas.
- Winston Peters won the seat again in 1978 for the seat of Hunua against Malcolm Douglas.
- But lost this seat in 1981 and in 1984 he won the seat in the electorate of Tauranga.
- He was appointed the National Party's spokesperson on Maori Affairs, Consumer Affairs, and Transport.
- He was later promoted to National's Front Bench, as spokesperson for Māori Affairs, Employment, and Race Relations.
- In 1990 his party won the election and he was elected, the Minister of Māori Affairs.
- Very Shortly before the 1993 election, he established New Zealand First and retained his Tauranga seat.
- Another New Zealand First candidate, Tau Henare, unseated the Labour incumbent in Northern Māori, Supporting to convince people that New Zealand First was not simply Peters' personal vehicle.
Winston Peters Denial
- Winston Peters denies that either he or his party is racist but some people in New Zealand have the wrong opinion.
- In 2002, he appealed, Asian voters declaring himself as having Chinese blood.
- In one of his speech at Orewa in 2005, he criticised immigration from the Asian countries as "imported criminal activity".
- He asserted that New Zealand should be very cautious in accepting immigrants. They should not be allowed in the country until they "affirm their commitment to New Zealanders' values and standards."
- He also asserted and warned the citizens that Muslim extremists are regularly entering New Zealand.
- He accused Islam in New Zealand as "having two faces - a moderate face and a militant underbelly".
Debate on Winston Peters
- There is a considerable debate on how to classify the politics of Winston Peters.
- Winston Peters is often called as nationalist and populist.
- His most remarkable policy in recent years has been his campaign against immigration.
- Some fundamentalists however, say that his policies do not follow any ideology and are of impractical nature.
- Opponents say that wants to gain popularity through such issues.
- Some comment that he is an opportunist, using his various manuveours to keep himself in power.
- But his supporters claim that he is a genuine supporter of thecommon man’s interestsand fights for them against government and business diplomats.
- He asserts that Winston Peters is working for ordinary New Zealanders against an elitist and paternalistic government.
- The MMP voting system in New Zealand is one of the main reasons for his long stay of his political career. He has always disliked and has conflicts with the media.
- In 2007 he was given the Samoan title “Vaovasamanaia,” which define him as “beautiful, handsome, awesome, delighted and joyful."