Fletcher Tabuteau, New Zealand First Deputy Leader
It is my honour to announce that today I was successfully nominated as the Deputy Leader of New Zealand First.
The role comes with significant responsibility and I am delighted to have received the confidence of my caucus colleagues. I have had the privilege of working with the Rt. Hon. Winston Peters for a number of years and I now look forward to working closely with him and my caucus colleagues as the Deputy Leader.
Having been a member of the party since its inception, this step represents my commitment to New Zealand First and its founding principles of putting New Zealand and all New Zealanders first.
There is a lot of work to get on with and I am up to the challenge with a great team of people around me.
I’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge my predecessor the Hon Ron Mark who has served as a loyal Deputy Leader of the Party.
It is an exciting time to be a part of the fundamental paradigm shift of a new Government as both the Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and to the Minister for Regional Economic Development, and now as the Deputy Leader of New Zealand First.
I look forward to being a part of the party leadership as we look to consolidate the past 25 years and look to the future as an integral part of government, mindful as ever that we will continue to grow our membership and support base.
Authorised by Fletcher Tabuteau, Parliament Buildings, Wellington