Posts Tagged ‘ peters ’

NZ PM sets November date for general election

Sep 12th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Lead Stories, World

Opinion polls have shown the Clark Government trailing the main opposition National Party for several months, although the gap narrowed to 6.5 percentage points at the start of September. The announcement came amidst a scandal involving political donations to Foreign Minister Winston Peters’ New Zealand First Party.

NZ foreign minister offers to stand down

Aug 29th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: World

Prime Minister Helen Clark appointed Winston Peters as foreign minister in 2005 in return for support of her minority Labour Party government, and she has been under pressure to suspend him until questions over unexplained donations to his populist New Zealand First Party are resolved.

Fiji pulls out of Pacific summit

Aug 18th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: World

New Zealand had previously said it would allow Commodore Frank Bainimarama, Fiji’s self-appointed prime minister, and his delegation a transit visa to go to Niue via Auckland, but stopped short of allowing the Fiji group to visit New Zealand after the regional meeting.