New Zealand First is a political party in New Zealand founded in July 1993, following the 19 March 1993 resignation of its leader and founder, Winston Peters, from the then-governing National Party. New Zealand First generally lies in the centre of the political spectrum. It has formed governments with both major parties in New Zealand: first with the National Party in 1996, and then with the Labour Party in 2005.
The party held seats in the New Zealand House of Representatives from its formation in 1993 until 2008, when it failed to gain enough party votes to retain representation. However, in the 2011 election, New Zealand First gained 6.59% of the total party vote, entitling it to eight MPs in the House. The party sits on the cross-benches and during the 50th New Zealand Parliament, tended to vote with the Opposition against Government Policies.
Leader: Winston Peters
Ideology: Nationalism, Populism