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Kingmaker no more: Winston Peters consigned to NZ political history – The Guardian

Emphatic end for man who held balance of power as New Zealand First fails to pass 5% threshold

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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 po…

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