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 ...
Chief Technology Officer to lead Labour’s ‘Digital Upgrade’ A Labour Government will put ICT at the highest level of Government by creating the position of Chief Technology Officer to directly advise the Prime Minister and Cabinet on Information Technology issues, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says.
“Reporting directly to the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) will undertake a wide-ranging inquiry into how information technology projects are managed by government agencies, and ensure systems work better and more efficiently in future.
Please explain Minister… yet again Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy needs to explain what is going on with our export of sheep casings to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says.
“Our exports of partially processed casings to China have been halted and no one at the Ministry of Primary Industries will say why. It does not appear to be a food safety issue.
“What is going on with the Ministry and its lack of oversight of our trade with China? China is our biggest and most important market. Exports of casings to China were worth $98 million in the 2012/13 financial year.
Number of children in severe poverty reaches record high There’s no cause for celebration with the latest Household Incomes Report showing the number of children living in severe poverty has reached its highest level this century, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“New Zealand once valued itself as the one of the best countries, if not the best country, in the world for bringing up children. Today's report shows this isn’t the case for too many Kiwi families and children.
Government in denial over income inequality Today’s Household Incomes Report from MSD underscores National’s continued failure to recognise inequality is a problem and is getting worse, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says.
“The report shows income inequality has increased over the past year and remains higher than when National took office in 2008.
“National has repeatedly denied what most New Zealanders understand - that the gap between rich and poor is widening.