Archive for the 'Elections' Category

Campaign to get more voters at local elections in October

Press Release – Local Government NZ
Local Government New Zealand’s (LGNZ’s) new #Vote16NZ campaign encourages more Kiwis to get involved in the Local Authority Elections this October. Read more »

Andrew Kirton named as Labour Party’s new general secretary

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News from NZ Labour Party
The New Zealand Labour Party is delighted to announce the appointment of Andrew Kirton as its new General Secretary. Read more »

Celia will “probably” stand again, and she’s willing to help the Phoenix

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Celia Wade-Brown officially opening Johnsonville’s new Broderick Road Bridge today.

News from The Nation
Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown said today she will “probably” stand for re-election in Wellington. She was being questioned on TV3’s The Nation, with the mayors of Auckland and Christchurch. Read more »

Annette King and Grant Robertson second and third in new Labour lineup

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Photo: Alastair Thompson – Labour MPs wait outside Parliament this morning after a fire alarm briefly delayed the leadership announcement

Labour’s new leader Andrew Little today named Wellington MPs Annette King and Grant Robertson as numbers two and three in his new caucus lineup. Read more »

Grant Robertson congratulates Andrew Little on leadership election

News from NZ Labour Party
Wellington Central Labour MP Grant Robertson has congratulated Andrew Little on his election as Leader of the Labour Party. Read more »

Grant Robertson makes eight Labour Day commitments for workers’ rights

News from Grant Robertson
As New Zealanders celebrate Labour Day, Labour Leadership candidate Grant Robertson is making a re-commitment to ensuring all working New Zealanders get a fair deal at work. Read more »

New generation of leadership: Robertson names Adern as choice for deputy

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Wellington Central MP Grant Robertson today announced that Jacinda Adern, one of the youngest MPs in Parliament, is his choice for deputy leader if he wins the contest for leadership of the Labour Party. Read more »

Grant Robertson nominated for Labour leadership; “rebuild and reconnect”

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News from Grant Robertson
A three year programme to rebuild and reconnect the Labour Party as the driving force for progressive change in New Zealand is essential to the future success of the Party, said Wellington Central Labour MP Grant Robertson today as he formally submitted his nomination for the Labour leadership contest. He was nominated by Caucus members Kris Faafoi and Rino Tirikatene. Read more »

New Cabinet: Simon Bridges takes transport from Gerry Brownlee

BusinessDesk report by Pattrick Smellie
The biggest winner in today’s new Cabinet line-up from Prime Minister John Key is Simon Bridges, who moves from 18th to ninth in the rankings and picks up the politically important transport portfolio from Gerry Brownlee. Read more »

Mayor of Palmerston North resigns; by-election in February

News from Palmerston North City Council
A by-election for the Palmerston North mayoralty has been announced following the resignation of the Mayor of Palmerston North. Mayor Jono Naylor’s letter of resignation was received by Palmerston North City Council’s chief executive Paddy Clifford today. Read more »

Small majorities for two re-elected Wellington Members of Parliament

Official final election results released today show that two Wellington MPs have been re-elected with majorities of less than a thousand. Read more »

PHOTO: Hone Harawira issues a challenge as he’s farewelled at Parliament

Twitter photo by Isaac Davison

Supporters from all over the country came to Wellington yesterday for Hone Harawira’s farewell to Parliament. He spoke to them in the former Maori Affairs Committee Room. Then came this photo on the parliamentary steps. Read more »

Predictions market favours Grant Robertson as next Labour leader

News from iPredict
Wellington Central MP Grant Robertson is now overwhelmingly picked to become the next leader of the Labour Party by the end of the year, according to the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict.

Another potential Labour leadership contender, Andrew Little, is not expected to remain in parliament once special votes are counted, with National now picked to gain one more list seat at Labour’s expense.

• There is a 79% probability David Cunliffe will depart permanently as Labour leader by the end of year (up from 50% last week) and a 92% probability he will depart by the end of 2015 (up from 83%)

Grant Robertson is favoured to become the next leader of the Labour Party (77% probability, up from 47% last week), followed by “other who WAS an MP on 30 September 2013” (11%, down from 24%), followed by “other who was NOT an MP on 30 September 2013” (7%, down from 12%), followed by David Parker (4%, down from 5%), Jacinda Ardern (2%, down from 5%) and Andrew Little (2%, steady)

John Key is expected to remain National leader until at least the end of 2016 (73% probability, up from 71% last week)

• Paula Bennett is favourite to become National Party leader if a vacancy arises, (33% probability, down from 34% last week), followed by Steven Joyce (27%, down from 33%), Bill English (10%, down from 12%), Jonathan Coleman (8%, up from 1%) and Simon Bridges (7%, down from 8%)

Labour makes decisions about leadership process

Peter Dunne to be Minister outside Cabinet, part of United Future deal

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Scoop photo by Elizabeth Beattie

News from NZ Government
National Party Leader John Key today announced that Ohariu MP Peter Dunne is to be appointed Minister of Internal Affairs, Associate Minister of Health and Associate Minister of Conservation. He will be a Minister outside Cabinet. Read more »

“I can unify the Labour Party,” says leadership contender Grant Robertson

“I’m the person who can unify the Labour Party,” said Wellington Central MP Grant Robertson on TVNZ’s Q&A programme this morning. It was his first interview since he announced that he will be running for leadership of the party. Read more »

Grant Robertson to run for leadership of Labour Party: “revitalise … renew”


Popular Wellington Central MP Grant Robertson last night announced that he will be putting his name forward for leadership of the Labour Party. Here’s the announcement from his Facebook page. Read more »

Labour leadership: Grant Robertson taking time to reflect

News release from Grant Robertson MP
“In response to numerous media inquiries, I would like to reiterate that I respect David Cunliffe’s statement that he is taking time to reflect and take soundings in light of the election result and discussions at Caucus on Tuesday,” said Wellington Central MP Grant Robertson yesterday. Read more »

35,000 visitors expected for WoW: “a sound investment,” says Jo Coughlan

News from WCC
Wellington is looking forward to welcoming more than 35,000 WoW visitors to the city over the next three weeks. Read more »

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