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 heavy handedness from NZTA The New Zealand Transport Agency seems set on botching yet another round of compulsory land acquisition, this time over a planned link road to Transmission Gully, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Darien Fenton says.
“Despite the government being hell bent on bulldozing roads through communities, farms, and culturally important sites, NZTA should be standing up to Ministers on behalf of communities and ensuring that they are treated fairly.
Pora case again highlights need for commission The Teina Pora case could have been resolved long ago if New Zealand had a criminal cases review commission, Labour's Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says.
His comments follow news that the Privy Council has granted leave to hear Teina Pora's case later this year with the truth of his confession being the central issue.
"It's pleasing that a case about which there is so much doubt, even amongst police officers who worked on it, is to be given another hearing, but the cost to the taxpayer will be significant, just as it was with the recent Lundy appeal.
Pacific people say National out of touch The Samoan community has seen right through John Key’s political manoeuvrings in appointing Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga outside cabinet, says Labour’s Spokesperson for Pacific Island Affairs, Su’a William Sio.
“I heard today during my weekly radio slot with Samoa Radio 1593am that the community has interpreted Peseta’s ministerial appointment as a political sleight of hand, appointing him as a minister, but keeping him outside of Cabinet.
Dunne refuses to deny being report leaker Labour’s Internal Affairs spokesperson Trevor Mallard today called on the Prime Minister to remove responsibility for New Zealand data security from newly appointed Minister for Internal Affairs, Peter Dunne.
“In the House today, Peter Dunne refused to deny being the source of the leak of the draft Kitteridge report into the Government Communications and Security Bureau.