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 ...
Rt Hon Winston Peters has challenged the Prime Minister to publicly explain the concessions New Zealand is secretly making at the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations.
The last round of talks is being held in Brunei and the details of the TPPA are being kept secret.
In Parliament today Mr Peters asked John Key if his Trade Minister had told him if the secret pages of the TPPA contained clauses that allowed foreign companies to sue New Zealand if they felt disadvantaged by our laws.
“It is unfortunate the Prime Minister could not give any assurances today ...