Minority party leader is set to temporarily take over the leadership role when Jacinda Ardern goes into labour
It will have taken the kingmaker 40 years in politics to become king.
On Sunday, when New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern is due to deliver her first child, Winston Peters will receive a text message. It will confirm to him that he has taken over the role that he has circled for decades, after first winning entry to parliament in 1978. Peters, 73, will be acting prime minister in Labour’s left-leaning government.