Jim Peters (politician)

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Jim Peters
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for New Zealand First party list
In office
2002 – 2005
Personal details
Born 1937 (age 79–80)
Kawakawa, New Zealand
Political party New Zealand First
Relations Ian Peters (brother)
Rt. Hon. Winston Peters (brother)
New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
2002–2005 47th List 9 NZ First

Jim Peters (born 1937) is a New Zealand educator and politician. Born in Kawakawa, he is of Ngāti Wai and Clan McInnes descent.

He went to school at Whananaki Primary and Wesley College in Auckland. Further education followed at the University of Auckland (BA in History and Political Studies) and Auckland Teachers Training College (Diploma of Teaching).[1]

He is a member of the New Zealand First party, which is led by his younger brother Winston Peters. Jim Peters entered Parliament as a list MP in the 2002 elections, having previously served as the Chairperson on the Northland Regional Council. Before entering politics he was a high school teacher. Formerly he was HOD History, Geography and Social Studies at Mount Albert Grammar School. From 1987 to mid-2002 he was Principal of Northland College in Kaikohe. He lost his list seat in the 2005 elections after New Zealand First's share of the party vote declined from its 2002 result. He was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Maori) of the University of Auckland in 2006.[1]

In February 2008 he could have re-entered Parliament as a New Zealand First list MP after the resignation of Brian Donnelly, but stood aside in favour of Dail Jones.

Three members of his family, the others being his brothers Ian Peters and Winston Peters, have been Members of Parliament in New Zealand. Another brother, Ron Peters, stood for New Zealand First in Hobson in 1993, coming third; and for Northland in 1996, coming second.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Mr Jim Peters appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor (Maori)". University of Auckland. 21 September 2006. Retrieved 2011-12-20. 
  2. ^ The New Zealand Herald. 1996-09-16. p. A9.  Missing or empty |title= (help);