The New Zealand Labour Party (Māori: Rōpū Reipa o Aotearoa) is a centre-left New Zealand political party, and one of the two major parties in New Zealand politics. The party was founded in 1916, making it New Zealand's oldest political party.
Labour was last in government from 1999 to 2008 with Helen Clark as party leader and Prime Minister. Since the party's defeat in the 2008 general election, Labour has formed the second-largest (in terms of parliamentary seats) political party represented in the Parliament of New Zealand, and functions as the core of the Official Parliamentary Opposition.
Following the 2011 general election, Phil Goff and Annette King stepped down as leader and deputy leader respectively. On 13 December 2011, the parliamentary caucus voted David ...
Labour's nominations for the Te Atatu seat have been reopened in the wake of disciplinary action against sitting MP Chris Carter.The New Zealand Council of the Labour Party, meeting in Wellington this morning, has decided Mr Carter has a case to answer under the party's disciplinary rules.Mr Carter was not at the meeting but two of his lawyers, Claudia Elliot and Simon Mitchell, were in attendance.The council has given Mr Carter's lawyers a statement of allegations against him under the party's rules and will await his response.In the meantime, Labour leader Phil Goff will write to ...
Television New Zealand's latest financial results are constructed around ensuring the Government gets a dividend at any cost, the Labour Party says. Broadcasting spokesman Brendon Burns said TVNZ had focused its own reporting of results in the year to June 30 on the Government's dividend of $4.87 million, up from $1.47m the year before. "While delivering any improved results in a tough recession has to be acknowledged, TVNZ did so after cutting more than 80 staff last year which carried into the latest results," he said. TVNZ announced its results today, showing revenue was down by $14.1m ...
The Labour Party is calling for "bold action" to improve New Zealand's savings rate and says setting up a working group to investigate options won't deliver answers.Finance Minister Bill English yesterday announced the terms of reference for the group, saying he was giving it a wide brief to consider national savings including government, business and private savings.He has ruled out a capital gains or land tax and said New Zealand Superannuation isn't up for discussion.Labour's finance spokesman David Cunliffe said the government was desperately hoping the working group could help it out of ...
More Oravida endorsements from John Key The use of a picture of John Key in an advertisement for Oravida’s scampi products in a Chinese airline magazine is further evidence of an unhealthily cosy relationship between the National Party and this company, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.
“Oravida’s very close relationship with National and its Ministers has led it to use images of the Prime Minister in its marketing, not just once but a number of times.
Making the holidays easier for Kiwi drivers The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe.
“There’s nothing Kiwis like more than getting on the road and going on holiday. But on public holidays like Easter and Anzac Weekend fun can quickly turn to frustration when the family realises the rego for the caravan has expired or there’s a big truck hogging the fast lane.
“Sweating the small stuff leads to too many Kiwi holidays getting off to a bad start.
SPEECH: Institute of Directors LEADING AND MANAGING OUR ECONOMIC FUTURE
David Cunliffe MP, Labour Leader
Speech to the Institute of Directors
15 April 2014, Auckland
It's a privilege to be speaking here. The Institute of Directors has a proud history of developing New Zealand's business leadership and your alumni are guiding many of our most vital and innovative companies to great achievements.
As New Zealand’s most senior company directors, your governance role draws on the distinction between strategic leadership, and day to day management.
Labour turns wheels for cycling safety With more than a million New Zealanders now using cycling as an attractive alternative means of transport it is past time their safety was taken seriously, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Darien Fenton says.
Due to speak to a cycling rally at Parliament this afternoon she said a Labour Government would make the safety of cyclists a priority.
“Too many cyclists are dying needlessly.
“Labour will act to improve cycling safety, including taking seriously the recommendations of the Cycling Safety Panel’s report, due in September.