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 ...
Super Ministry is no Minister’s Responsibility “The Government’s so-called ‘super ministry’, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MoBIE), looks like the blind leading the blind” says Labour Associate spokesperson for Building and Construction Raymond Huo.
According to its website, Building Amendment Bill (No 3) is still awaiting its second reading, when in fact it was passed in March last year.
Court case another wake-up call A pending Supreme Court ruling could impact on hundreds of leaky home owners across New Zealand who have missed out on compensation due to the 10-year time limit, says Labour’s Associate spokesperson for Building and Construction Raymond Huo.
Chorus review must not be a snow-job The independent review of Chorus cannot be a snow-job justifying a bail out of Chorus and further corporate welfare, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe.
“The review of Chorus must provide clarity. It must provide a legitimate explanation as to why the Government is so reluctant to enforce the UFB contract it signed two years ago with the company.
“A finding that the contract should not be enforced will be a failure by the Government and the review must show what contributions ministers and officials made to such a fiasco.
John Key out of step on Living Wage Mayor Len Brown’s commitment today to implement a Living Wage will be welcomed by low wage workers up and down the country, says Darien Fenton, Labour’s associate Labour spokesperson.
“The Mayor is showing how it’s done, with a full costing presented in the budget to Council and an implementation plan over three years.
“It is great that the Living Wage will apply to staff employed by Councillors and Council-controlled organisations. But some of the lowest paid will be workers employed by contractors doing council work and that will need attention as well.