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NewLabour Party (New Zealand)

NewLabour Party
Leader Jim Anderton (1989 - 2000)
Founded 1989
Dissolved 2000
Ideology Democratic Socialism
Politics of New Zealand
Political parties

NewLabour was a left-of-centre party founded in 1989 by Jim Anderton, an MP and former President of the New Zealand Labour Party.

NewLabour was established by a number of Labour Party members who left the party in reaction to "Rogernomics", the economic policies implemented by the Labour Party's Minister of Finance, Roger Douglas, which saw the traditionally left-wing Labour Party swing heavily to the right wing. Anderton, who had been among the most vocal critics of Douglas, was joined by a number of other members of the Labour Party, such as Matt Robson, Laila Harré and Phil Amos, and a number of left-wing activists, such as Bruce Jesson. Anderton was the party's only MP.


  • Electoral success 1
  • Alliance building 2
  • Former Parliamentarians 3
  • References 4

Electoral success

In the 1990 elections, NewLabour stood candidates in all electorates. The party gained a certain amount of support from disillusioned Labour voters, winning 5.16% of the vote. Anderton was NewLabour's only successful candidate, retaining the Sydenham seat in working-class south-central Christchurch. He remained the party's sole representative in Parliament, which was now dominated by the National Party with 67 seats out of 97.[1]

Alliance building

In 1991, NewLabour and several other parties formed the

  1. ^ "General elections 1890-1993 - seats won by party". Chief Electoral Office. Retrieved 2009-07-21. 
  2. ^ Anderton, Jim (13 October 2000). "Address to NewLabour Party Conference". Retrieved 2009-07-21. 


MP's elected between 1991 and 2000 were members of the NewLabour Party's faction of the Alliance.

Former Parliamentarian Term
Jim Anderton 1989–2000
Laila Harré 1996–2000
Matt Robson 1996–2000
Liz Gordon 1996–2000

The following is a list of Former Parliamentarians:

Former Parliamentarians


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