New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has opened fire at the perceived Auckland-centric approach to lawmaking, arguing that regional New Zealand is being left behind.
The Northland MP called New Zealand a divided country at a Whangarei meeting today with the "King Kong-like behemoth" Auckland overshadowing the issues faced by regional parts of the nation.
"Auckland has become King Kong gorilla bellowing demands and leaving the regions to survive as best they can. Auckland rules; Auckland dominates," he told attendees.
"That is the perception and that is the reality."
He argued Auckland's problems have divided New Zealand into a "them-and-us place" as Auckland's problems dominate the national agenda while regional New Zealand is overlooked.