Andrew Little (New Zealand politician)

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Andrew Little (born 7 May 1965) is a New Zealand politician and former trade union official. He is currently a Labour list MP and was formerly the national secretary of New Zealand’s largest trade union, the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union (EPMU), and president of the New Zealand Labour Party.


Born in New Plymouth in 1965,[1] Little was educated at New Plymouth Boys' High School and studied law, philosophy and public policy at Victoria University of Wellington in the 1980s, where he became active in the campaign against New Zealand's student loan scheme. He was elected president of the Victoria University of Wellington Students' Association and later served as NZUSA president in 1988 and 1989.[2] After graduating he took a job as a lawyer with the Engineers’ Union (a forerunner of the EPMU). In 1997 he was appointed the union’s general counsel (chief lawyer). Two years later, he was appointed assistant national secretary, and was elected national secretary when Rex Jones stood down from the position in 2000.

In 2007 Little was number 40 on the New Zealand Listener Power List.[3]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
2011 – 2014 50th List 15 Labour
2014 – present 51st List 11 Labour

On 2 March 2009, it was announced that Andrew was the new New Zealand Labour Party President.[4] He stood for Parliament in the 2011 general election in the New Plymouth electorate; despite a heavy loss in the constituency to the National Party incumbent Jonathan Young, he won a seat on the Labour Party list (at position 15).[5] In 2012 Trans Tasman in the annual review of politicians performance gave him a solid 5/10 and commented: "Landed some hits on ACC. Many get the feeling he could have done more as ACC puts the squeeze on claimants, perhaps was a bit distracted over his and Trevor Mallard’s legal battle with Judith Collins. Sometimes looks like he regrets the decision to come to Parliament." [6]


  1. ^ "New Zealand Parliament – Little, Andrew". New Zealand Government. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "New Zealand Union of Students' Associations - General History". NZUSA. 
  3. ^ "Clark still most powerful but Key nipping at her heels". The New Zealand Herald. 14 September 2007. 
  4. ^ "Andrew Little new Labour Party president". 2 February 2009. Retrieved 2 March 2009. [dead link]
  5. ^ Donnell, Hayden (28 November 2011). "Colourful crop of new MPs heading for Parliament". New Zealand Herald. 
  6. ^ "8TH ANNUAL ROLL CALL – How Our MPs Performed In 2012". TransTasman Media. 3 December 2012. 

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Mike Williams
President of the Labour Party
Succeeded by
Moira Coatsworth