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The New Zealand Labour Party or Labour (Māori: Rōpū Reipa o Aotearoa or Reipa for short) is a social-democratic<ref name="SmithVromen2006">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref><ref name="FranklinMackie2009">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> political party in New Zealand, and one of the two major parties in New Zealand politics.{{#invoke:Footnotes|sfn}} The party was formed in 1916, making it New Zealand's oldest extant political party.

Labour most recently formed a government from 1999 to 2008 with Helen Clark as party leader and Prime Minister. Since the party's defeat in the 2008 general election, Labour has comprised the second-largest (in terms of parliamentary seats) political party represented in the New Zealand Parliament; it functions as the core of the Official Parliamentary Opposition.

Following the 2011 general election, Phil Goff and Annette King stepped down as parliamentary leader and deputy leader respectively. On 13 December 2011, the parliamentary caucus voted David Shearer and Grant Robertson to replace them.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Shearer announced his resignation from the role on 22 August 2013.<ref name="Shearer resign">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> On 15 September 2013 David Cunliffe was confirmed by the party as the new leader of the Labour Party.<ref name="Cunliffe wins">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> On 18 November 2014 Andrew Little was confirmed outside of Parliament and in a press conference as the new leader of the Labour Party.<ref name="Little wins">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

New Zealand Labour Party sections
Intro   Principles    History   Auckland local elections   Affiliated Unions    Leaders    Local members   List of leaders   List of presidents    See also   Notes   References    External links   

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