News from NZ Labour Party
Details of twelve meetings spread across New Zealand have been announced as the unprecedented Labour leadership race enters its next phase. Each will involve all three Leadership candidates – David Cunliffe, Shane Jones and Grant Robertson – and will be organised around a two-hour format involving speeches from all candidates, questions and answers from the audience and a mix and mingle afterwards.
The Wellington meeting will be held on Saturday 7 September.
The first hustings meeting will be held in Levin, during Labour’s Region 3 Conference, at 1pm on Saturday 31st August. The next day will see two meetings in Auckland and on Monday 2nd September the hustings meeting will be in Whangarei. Over the next three days the events will be in Hawkes Bay, Tauranga and Hamilton.
After a one day break the hustings resume with two on Saturday 7th September, in Nelson and then Wellington. The series completes with hustings in Dunedin, in Labour’s historic birthplace of Blackball on the South Island’s West Coast and – the final event, on Tuesday 9th – Christchurch, location of Labour’s 97th Annual Conference to be held at the start of November.
Media will be able to attend the meetings until the end of the speeches.
The meetings also offer an opportunity for members of the Service and Food Workers to cast their votes. Party members who have received their votes in the mail can vote by post, vote electronically or vote through the ballot box at the meetings.