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Winston the kingmaker becomes king

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Last updated 15:50, June 12 2018

Winston Peters takes over as acting prime minister when Jacinda Ardern goes into labour, but already the the NZ First leader is making his mark with the extraordinary step of pushing on with legal action over the alleged leaking of his superannuation overpayment.

OPINION: For much of his close to 40 years in public life, Winston Peters has been delivering a message not so much about putting New Zealand first, but taking New Zealand back, to a somehow better time.

There is a little bit of this in almost everyone, in different ways. Remember that time when we didn't have to lock our doors? When the roads were less busy? When everything was perfectly managed? When the boots worn by the All Blacks' were all the same colour? Before all the immigrants? Take your pick.

Although Peters' message is one of nostalgia, his time is not yesteryear.

Long dubbed the kingmaker for his ability to stay at the centre of New Zealand coalition politics for a generation, Peters has longed to be the king.

* PM says Peters would recuse himself from any lawsuit decisions
* Winston Peters continues legal action over pension leak

The next six weeks or so will probably be the closest New Zealand's most enigmatic politician will........

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