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Watch: Winston Peters looks back at 25 years of New Zealand First with 1 NEWS political editor Jess Mutch

Winston Peters has given a revealing interview looking back at 25 years of New Zealand First with 1 NEWS political editor Jess Mutch today.

Among other things Mr Peters addressed was how the party has survived and his long running stoush with the media.

"The main reason [it has lasted so long] is we have kept faith in what we originally started with, the belief that ordinary people would be strong enough without resources to maintain the party.

New Zealand’s third-largest political party is celebrating its 25th birthday. Source: 1 NEWS

"We survived because we didn't need big business money, we got very little of it, but we had a thing that's far more important - sheer commitment from people on the ground," Mr Peters said.

Watch what else he had to say in the full interview embedded above.

Mr Peters addressed how the party has survived and his long-running stoush with the media. Source: 1 NEWS