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Winston Peters Says Party Doing Better than Polls Suggest

Winston Peters Says Party Doing Better than Polls Suggest

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters told TVNZ’s Q+A programme that his party is doing better than recent polls would suggest.

“The polls have been overly kind for National election after election, and against a real night result they’ve been far too high. For Labour they’ve been about right up and down but about right. For the Greens they have been excessively favourable to the Greens, always way above what they find they get. And for one party we're always below what we really get, so your so%2Dcalled 7% polls are nonsense. We're doing far better than that.”

Mr Peters wouldn’t be drawn on which political party he would support after the election, but he told Q+A that addressing the issue of foreign ownership of farms and residential property has always been a bottom line for New Zealand First.

“The reality is that’s always been a bottom line for New Zealand First.”

“We are making it very clear where we stand in this election. People out there don’t want wiffle waffle they want certainty. We want Auckland housing, New Zealand housing, to be for New Zealand people. We want New Zealand farms for young farmers in New Zealand in particular, not to be owned by everybody around the world, and absentee owned at that.”

“I have the same view the Chinese have. You cannot buy a house, a flat, or land in China. You can lease it for 70 years but you can't buy it. The Chinese are not stupid, they're one of the world's most clever economies and clever people. It's for that reason and other reasons that I take the view that they know more about how to run certain things than we do. “

See the full Q+A interview on the website: http://tvnz.co.nz/q-and-a-news/ta-tvnz-index-group-2556429

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