Statement from Andrew Little

Leader of the Opposition


1 August 2017

Statement from Andrew Little

Today I have announced that I will step down as leader of the Labour Party.

I’m proud to have been leader of the Labour Party, and have given this position my absolute and unwavering dedication, just as I have done so for more than 25 years in the Labour movement.

While obviously this is a sad decision, I have been privileged to have led a united, talented team of Labour MPs, proud to have progressed the values and issues that New Zealanders care about and proud to stand with working New Zealanders.

I remain committed to the Labour cause of putting people first, lifting the rights of working New Zealanders and strengthening Kiwi families.

The Labour team of MPs and staff have worked incredibly hard during my leadership, however recent poll results have been disappointing.

As leader, I must take responsibility for these results. I do take responsibility and believe that Labour must have an opportunity to perform better under new leadership through to the election.

I am determined to make sure that Labour fights this campaign with the greatest of resolve, because far too much is at stake for far too many New Zealanders.

New Zealand needs a Labour-led Government, and in order to achieve this Labour must fight without questions over its leadership.

The campaign is on a good footing, Labour’s caucus is united and the party is healthy.

My colleagues in the Labour Party caucus will elect a new leadership team this morning. I wish my successor all the very best in their new role, and offer my wholehearted support to them.


  1. Gezza

     /  August 1, 2017

    I feel very emotional. I need a moment alone.

  2. PDB

     /  August 1, 2017

    Little: “The campaign is on a good footing, Labour’s caucus is united and the party is healthy.”

    Hence why Little was given the ass card…..

    • Gezza

       /  August 1, 2017

      It’s like they’re living in an alternate reality, where for everything they say the opposite is true – but for some weird reason, only other people can see that. 🙄 😳

  3. Corky

     /  August 1, 2017

    Andy has been my kicking bag since 2014. I have always felt guilty putting the boot into him because I know he’s a good guy. But as a Rightie it’s was my duty to punish him.

    I note Andy’s political passing with sadness. Go well,son. Your toil is over.

    • Gezza

       /  August 1, 2017

      You’ll be wasting yaw time kickin Cindy bro. No brain, no pain.

      • Gezza

         /  August 1, 2017

        I’ll really can’t believe this Party Corks. I never used to swear like this. 😕