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Supporters ‘never stopped believing’ says Peters

Nov 26th, 2011 | By | Category: Latest News

WINSTON PETERS has just addressed a crowd of supporters and media in Auckland’s North Shore upon news that NZ First has reached 7% and will be guaranteed at least 8 seats in Parliament.

This year’s result follows a disastrous result in the 2008 election which saw NZ First ousted from parliament, and Mr Peters lauded supporters for their faith in the party’s ability to come back.

“I want to thank those voters around the country, New Zealand… who came out for New Zealand First today and have bought us back home to parliament…“

Mr Peters took the opportunity to highlight what the media’s treatment of NZ First during this year’s election campaign.

“We’ll never forget the campaign because NZ First was, as you know, marginalised… stigmatised and even demonized, and there was a substantial blackout by my friends… in the media, but it speaks of the enormous character of New Zealanders in terms of membership that they never, ever stopped believing that we could come back.

Mr Peters also took a dig at the campaign spending by other political parties.

“It’s been an extraordinary campaign as you know, where others had huge resources, in fact you will be astonished to know that some parties spent more than 4000 times what NZ First spent on its campaign.”

He finished by promising that NZ First was ‘in it for the long haul’, and promised a commitment to the major issues facing NZ in the next term.

“There are serious economic problems we face as a country and we will never get through them unless we unite as a people, and we do believe in that unity.

“We share in the pain and we all share in the gain and that’s what NZ First stands for.

“In the last few weeks around NZ we’ve told people to hang on because help is on its way, and tonight, it’s arrived.”

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