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 ...
Power companies unfairly targeting the poorest Power companies are unfairly targeting the poorest New Zealanders by charging them the highest electricity rates, Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer says.
New figures obtained by Labour show those on pre-pay electricity plans – paying electricity bills in advance – pay up to 60 per cent more than those paying a regular power bill.
“That’s just wrong. Power companies are squeezing the poorest to maximise their profits. It’s a disgrace that they are hurting Kiwis who can least afford it.
Time for Collins to face up to conflict of interest Judith Collins denials that she did anything wrong in visiting the Shanghai office of her husband's company on a taxpayer-funded trip late last year are becoming increasingly untenable, Labour MP Grant Robertson says.
“The public condemnation of Judith Collins' actions is growing. Three major newspaper editorials in recent days have all concluded not only that there was a conflict of interest in the trip, but that the Minister's denials are arrogant and out of touch with the public mood.
Paula Bennett must attend secret mayor’s meeting Local Government Minister Paula Bennett must attend tomorrow’s secret mayors’ meeting about super cities, Labour’s Local Government spokesperson Su’a William Sio says.
“It is a sad day for local democracy that these mayors feel they have to meet in secret to discuss their concerns about the Government’s amalgamation agenda.
“Paula Bennett has declined to attend the Taupō meeting but she needs to be there.
“The secret meeting is an embarrassment for the Minister and for Local Government president Lawrence Yule who heard about it from Paula Bennett.
Labour to protect citizens with a digital bill of rights Citizens will have their access to the internet guaranteed and be protected from blanket mass surveillance under Labour’s proposed digital bill of rights, Labour Leader and ICT spokesperson David Cunliffe says.
“Kiwis are technology-savvy people who rely on the internet for fundamental daily activities such as banking and communicating with friends, family and colleagues.
“Unfortunately the legal framework to protect New Zealanders’ online hasn’t kept up with the pace of technology.