Who are the unelected people making a decision on the future of New Zealand?

Winston Peters insists that he won’t be making a decision on what form the incoming government will take, and what policy priorities will have.

Last night he said that the NZ First party and board will be making the decision:

“Winston Peters is not going to make a decision. A party called NZ First, 24 years around the block, is going to make a decision, and its board. Not Winston Peters. I can’t speak for the party because I haven’t had a chance to talk to them all.”

Who is on the NZ First board?


Two of those are easily known:

  • The Leader: Winston Peters
  • The Deputy Leader: Ron Mark

Like Espiner I can’t find anything on who the others are, apart from in general terms.

National Officers (5):


Director General (1):


So the Director-General is appointed by the Board, and is on the Board.

Directors (6):


So there are 14 people on the NZ First board, and 12 of them are not MPs so aren’t elected by the public.

Espiner is trying to find out who these people are.

How relevant is this? It depends a bit on how much say the board have in what is being negotiated and what is decided. Peters claims he doesn’t make the decisions, but it would be surprising if he doesn’t have a large amount of influence in anything that happens.


  1. Blazer

     /  October 11, 2017

    As both English and Joyce are unelected,you would not be in favour of them having any influence I take it.

    • Trevors_elbow

       /  October 11, 2017

      That is the stupidest Blaze-ism yet…. not elected, what are you on? Or do you think people don’t understand how mmp works…

      • Blazer

         /  October 11, 2017

        Are they elected. ..answer..NO.They are LIST M.P’s.Comprenez?

        • Gezza

           /  October 11, 2017

          Yes. They’re elected to represent their Party in Paliament by Party Votes.

          • Blazer

             /  October 11, 2017

            read the topic post.

            • Gezza

               /  October 11, 2017


              Ma’s just been on the blower telling me I HAVE TO put my new Northland sandals on & walk around in them RIGHT NOW to break them in!

              I’m sick of being bossed around today!

        • Trevors_Elbow

           /  October 11, 2017

          Seriously… just seriously… get.a.grip.

  2. Corky

     /  October 11, 2017

    The question was asked a week back: Is MMP working? My one word answer was, no.

    • Gezza

       /  October 11, 2017

      And you were hopelessly wrong then.
      So … what’s your answer this week?

  3. George

     /  October 11, 2017

    Easy answer to the question,
    The board of NZF is Winston, Winston, Winston and of course Winston with several other Winstons to make up a quorum.

    • Anyone who believes that Winston Peters’ preference would be overruled by the NZ First board is kidding themselves.

  4. Tipene

     /  October 11, 2017

    I wonder where the vote would fall if the membership of NZF were asked to vote on the options:

    Go with Labour
    Go with National
    Go to the Cross Benches

    And would the outcome matter to the NZ First Board?

    • PDB

       /  October 11, 2017

      You’re right – this is obviously a false statement about the Greens: “”They won’t be walked over by Winston Peters,” he says.”

      Lap dogs of Labour they will accept any food scrap that comes their way.

  5. Zedd

     /  October 11, 2017

    would the real Winston.. pls stand up ? 😀
    not just Mr ‘smile/wave’ :/

  6. Duperez

     /  October 11, 2017

    Terrible that Winston has these unnamed people he’s referring to. Life was much simpler in the Luskcrosbytextor era.

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