Winston Peters promotes change in Northland following victory

By Maiki Sherman

Winston Peters soared to victory in the Northland by-election.

The results show, Peters won just over 15,000 votes.  National candidate Mark Osborne secured around 11,000, making it a 4000 vote difference.

According to Winston Peters, “He was congratulating me and I shared with him the fact that he was in a most impossible position trying to make up decades of neglect and that it wasn't his fault and I wanted his wife and family to know that.”

Willow-Jean Prime received 1315 votes.  That's over 28,000 people who voted, which is a huge number for a by-election. 

Winston Peters urged voters to send the government a message and National certainly received that last night.  Now Peters wants to lend a hand to Chris Finlayson to help settle Ngāpuhi's treaty claim.

A few known Māori faces were also at last night's celebrations including former Labour MPs.  That sparked questions about Shane Jones and whether he had a political future with NZ First.

Winston says, “How many people of his calibre and talent do you get in the Māori world of politics, not a great deal so one always regrets to lose that sort of talent.”

If Winston Peters' rise from the ashes is anything to go by, there's certainly no simple way of putting out the political fire that burns within.