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The New Zealand Labour Party (Labour Party) has 32 members of Parliament. The party is in opposition.

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, and 1999-2008.The party is represented by 32 members in the 51th Parliament — 27 represent electorates and 5 are elected from the party list.  

The party leader is Andrew Little.

New Zealand Labour’s Principles

'The Labour Party accepts the following democratic socialist 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 of race, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religious faith, political belief or disability.’

Source: New Zealand Labour Party, http://campaign.labour.org.nz/about_labour , accessed 10 September 2014.