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Winston Peters launches fiery attacks on polls, rivals, media at NZ First conference

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has ended his party's annual conference taking a swipe at the polls, his political rivals and the media.

The political veteran attacked the polls, which put New Zealand First on around nine per cent.

"It is quite possible that the polls right now are not accurate," he told the conference in Dunedin.

He also took a swipe at his rival, Prime Minister John Key.

"Although his principles are about as genuine as his hair colour, he's got away with it," Mr Peters said.

Corrections and Police Minister Judith Collins wasn't immune either.

"This is meant to be a bright woman - according to herself," Mr Peters said.

And finally he took aim at the media, claiming he wasn't asked onto TVNZ's Q+A programme this morning.

"Never had the intellectual fortitude, integrity or outright decency to ask us on the programme," he said.

In fact Mr Peters was twice invited on Q+A, and twice backed out.

There are some in Parliament who think that manual labour is the prime minister of Mexico. - New Zealand First leader Winston Peters

"I've seen some downright lies in politics," he said.

There was an off-colour joke from the NZ First leader.

"There are some in Parliament who think that manual labour is the prime minister of Mexico."

He's still refusing to commit to a post-election partner, saying: "We're not going to go with anything like that ever again." 

There was one new idea - elderly volunteers to teach school children how to drive.

"Out there in all sorts of towns and cities in this country are a whole lot of old people who are willing to volunteer their time to skill train people into getting a driver's licence," Mr Peters said.

And he has discovered a new weapon to fight the election - social media.

"We've got the technology now to ensure no-one filters out our message," he said.

It's a message that still hits home for Winston Peters' supporters.

The party leader and political veteran took a swipe at the polls, his political rivals and the media. Source: 1 NEWS


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