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NZ First Conference Tomorrow Will Discuss Future Structure

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Wellington, Feb 13 NZPA - After being bumped out of Parliament in the last election New Zealand First has acknowledged it ran a "awful campaign".

Last month it was confirmed Winston Peters would continue to lead NZ First in the near future, but was yet to commit to fighting the 2011 election.

"We ran an awful (election) campaign. There's no two ways about it. We didn't get our message out.

"We got bogged down, and when I say we, Winston in particular, with defending all these issues that really amounted to not very much at the end of the day but it all became very tense," deputy leader Peter Brown told Radio New Zealand today.

Nearly 100 members of NZ First will meet in Auckland tomorrow to discuss the party's future in a closed conference.

Party president George Groombridge said the meeting would discuss restructuring the party and a possible co-leadership model.

"We want to do it in such a way that electorates feel that they have more of a part in the running of the party and also we will be working right through to the top, to leadership."

Mr Groombridge said he hoped Mr Peters would be at the meeting.

Mr Brown said NZ First's structure was fine and changing it amounted to little more than "shifting deckchairs around on the Titanic".

NZ First can make a return to Parliament, although it would be "very very difficult", he said.

The party failed to reach the 5 percent party vote threshold in the election last year and Mr Peters lost the Tauranga seat to National's Simon Bridges.

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