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Labour Party

The New Zealand Labour Party (Labour Party) has 46 members of Parliament, 17 elected from the party list and 29 electorate seats.

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New Zealand Labour Party in Parliament

The New Zealand Labour Party was established in 1916 and first entered Parliament in 1919. The party has been in five Governments: 1935-1949, 1957-1960, 1972-1975, 1984-1990, 1999-2008, and 2017 -.    

The party leader is the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister and electorate MP for Mt Albert.  The Labour Party signed a coalition agreement with the New Zealand First Party, and a Confidence and Supply Agreement with the Green Party, on 24 October 2017.

New Zealand Labour’s Principles

  • All political authority comes from the people by democratic means including universal suffrage, regular and free elections with a secret ballot.
  • The natural resources of New Zealand belong to all the people and these resources, and in particular non-renewable resources, should be managed for the benefit of all, including future generations.
  • All people should have equal access to all social, economic, cultural, political and legal spheres, regardless of wealth or social position, and continuing participation in the democratic process.
  • Co-operation, rather than competition, should be the main governing factor in economic relations, in order that a greater amount and a just distribution of wealth can be ensured.
  • All people are entitled to dignity, self-respect and the opportunity to work.
  • All people, either individually or in groups, may own wealth or property for their own use, but in any conflict of interest people are always more important than property and the state must ensure a just distribution of wealth.
  • The Treaty of Waitangi is the founding document of New Zealand and that the Treaty should be honoured in government, society and the family.
  • Peace and social justice should be promoted throughout the world by international co-operation and mutual respect.
  • The same basic human rights, protected by the State, apply to all people, regardless or race, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religious faith, political belief or disability.

Source: New Zealand Labour Party website , accessed 14 February 2020.