Publicly owned television and radio networks should reflect national identity and culture and provide essential communications in the event of national emergencies.
Educated Whangarei Boys High School, Dargaville High School. BA (History/Pol Studies); LLB (Auckland); Two children (son and daughter).
Former teacher, a barrister and solicitor in his own law practice.
First entered parliament as the National Party MP for Hunua in 1978, which he won after an Electoral Petition. After losing the Hunua seat in 1981, he re- entered Parliament as National Party Member for Tauranga in 1984, a seat he held until the 2005 election.
New Zealand is in need of a national understanding of the importance of this issue. Whether a believer or a skeptic what will matter to New Zealand as an export dependent nation is how the world sees us on this issue.
Our defence objectives are best achieved through trade, diplomacy, economic and technical aid, continuing support for the United Nations, and in peace-keeping and peace-making operations.
New Zealand First believes in export-led economic development which will add value to our resources, relying on independent business expertise with Government support to encourage economic success.
New Zealand First promotes a balanced and flexible monetary policy of lower exchange and interest rates conducive to real export and employment growth.
New Zealand First's approach to international relations is tough-minded, independent, and integrated.
While New Zealand, with such a small population, will continue to require an infusion of overseas skills and expertise, immigration will cease to be used as an excuse for our failure to train, skill, and employ our own people.
We must directly address the issues regarding Māori performance against key social indicators.
Racing in NZ directly and indirectly accounts for well over $1.5 billion dollars worth of GDP, employs more than 20,000 people, has export earnings per year of more than $130 million, and is an integral part of the Kiwi lifestyle.
New Zealand First recognises the new threats posed by international terrorism and rogue nations. We remain committed to New Zealand's anti-nuclear policy and are equally opposed to the possession and use of chemical and biological weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.
New Zealand First is committed to empowering senior citizens to enable them to remain independent for as long as they wish within their communities, and maintains that our seniors must be treated with respect and not as a burden on society.
New Zealand First stands firm against state asset sales to foreign ownership.
Trade needs a re-orientation towards innovation, high technology and further processing industries which will lead the way to an export performance that builds on the best of the present and provides growth for the future.
The Treaty of Waitangi is an important historical document, but over the past few decades its status has changed as a result of political interference, Maori radicalism and judicial activism. Instead of binding us as equal citizens under one rule of law for all, the Treaty now divides, polarises and isolates us.
New Zealand First has welcomed the announcement of an early election date of September 20.
“And we will be ready for it,” says New Zealand First leader Rt Hon Winston Peters.
New Zealand First is pleased that its 2007 ‘baby’, the SuperGold Card, continues to reach new heights of popularity with both users and participating businesses.