The power-broker at the centre of New Zealand's coalition has shown a side often hidden from public view, after a reporter's blunder during this morning's pre-coalition party talks with National at Parliament.
In the middle of an intense media scrum, as Mr Peters was asked an initial question from 1 NEWS' Corin Dann, another reporter suffered battery failure, causing a distracted Mr Peters to draw a halt to proceedings.
"What's going on over here," a wry-grinning Mr Peters turned to ask mid-interview, realising something wasn't right.
"I've run of battery," came the quick response from off camera.
A smiling Mr Peters responded: "We'll I'll wait for him then."
Mr Peters, now laughing, continued: "It's a bit pointless otherwise isn't it."
It wasn't long before Mr Peters' was back into it, being asked by 1 NEWS' political editor Corin Dann about what the special votes results would mean for a left-wing government.