'I'm back, I've never been fitter' - Winston Peters returns to Parliament after surgery

Winston Peters is back at Parliament this week, soon to step up as Acting-Prime Minister as Jacinda Ardern departs for Japan and the US. 

Winston Peters. Source: 1 NEWS

The deputy Prime Minister has been absent from the halls of power and working from Auckland after what Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on August 19 was a "small surgical procedure". 

Mr Peters was still not cleared to fly last week, but he posted a photo of himself with dog Beau, captioned, "both getting fit and enjoying the fresh air".

"I'm back, I've never been fitter," he told media today. 

Jacinda Ardern departs this week for Tokyo for a summit meeting with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and will continue to New York for the UN General Assembly where she will have a bilateral meeting with US President Donald Trump.