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Winston Peters Confirms Desire To Run In Next Election

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Winston Peters
Winston Peters

Wellington, Aug 30 - New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has confirmed he will stand for Parliament at the 2011 election, if his party supports him.

Mr Peters was reappointed leader at his party's annual meeting in Hamilton yesterday.

Today, he told TV One's Q+A programme it was his "plan" to stand at the next election but said there were two more annual meetings before that.

It would not be hard to come back from outside parliament, Mr Peters said.

"When I first got into parliament I wasn't in parliament, and I believe we can do it again."

Mr Peters was more certain he would not be running for mayor of the new Auckland super city.

In fact, he did not even support the change to one council.

"Well I cannot see any reason at this point in time, with what I've learnt and seen and heard, to support it.

"What you might end up with is a nowhere city, which you could plant in any western country in the world and say `well that's just another western mess', whereas we want sort of special here, something that is enduring, something that we can be proud of."

Should there be a super city Mr Peters does not believe there needs to be Maori seats.

"We do not need exclusive, special, second-rate citizenship, and that's my fear that I see when I hear some of the nationalistic argument emerging from Maori.

"They can organise and they can be elected."

Mr Peters dismissed claims by Prime Minister John Key that New Zealand First would not be back at the next election.

"Mr Key's very new to this game and he's started to make some mistakes as we speak, and many of his supporters are starting to find out.

"Mr Key is denying 88 percent of New Zealanders (who voted no in the smacking referendum) their right to an answer, their answer should be in the law, not with the Police Commissioner or (what) some lowly constable thinks down on the street."

Sixteen young people had died in "horrible circumstances" since changes to the smacking legislation, Mr Peters said.

"What we need in this country, and particularly in the Maori world, and in the Polynesian world might I say, is to focus on peer pressure against the violence in our society."

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