Jacinda Ardern – first media conference as Labour leader

Jacinda Ardern and Kelvin Davis have been elected unopposed at a caucus meeting as Labour’s new leader and deputy. (Photo: Rebekah Parsons-King)

Andrew Little stepped aside as Labour leader this morning and endorsed Ms Ardern as his replacement.

Mr Little revealed on Sunday he offered to step down as Labour leader following three polls that placed Labour at just 23 to 24 percent support – the party’s worst polling results since 1995.

He said his colleagues had rejected his offer.

However, yesterday he told Morning Report Labour would need a considerably greater share of the vote to be able to form a government.

Labour’s caucus meeting this morning

Key events

  • On Sunday, Labour drops 3 points to 24 percent in a 1 News Colmar Brunton poll, its lowest in more than 20 years
  • Leader Andrew Little reveals he had discussed the option of resigning with senior colleagues but they had wanted him to stay on.
  • Mr Little tells RNZ’s Morning Report on Monday morning he is “absolutely determined” to be the Labour leader. However he concedes, “at 24 [percent], you don’t get to form a government”.
  • Andrew Little resigns, an hour after telling RNZ’s reporter he had no intention of doing so

[Follow RNZ’s updates].

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