NZ First's quiet leadership non-contest could heat up

Ron Mark and Winston Peters
Ron Mark and Winston Peters. Photo credit: Lloyd Burr/Newshub

While five contenders elbowed it out for National Party leadership today, a bloodless, contest-free leadership vote took place down the corridor.

In an uncontested vote, New Zealand First confirmed Winston Peters as leader of the party.

"His sole nomination was carried with acclaim," the party said in a press release.

But there could be a scrap when it comes to the coverted role of deputy leader - Ron Mark could lose the role of second-in-command.

The selection of Deputy Leader will take place next Tuesday and Shane Jones may well contest the role.

Newshub asked Mr Jones whether he would be running.

He said, simply: "No comment."