Mike Williams (New Zealand politician)

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Mike Williams
32nd President of the Labour Party
In office
Vice PresidentTerry Scott
Pat Webster
Marian Hobbs
LeaderHelen Clark
Phil Goff
Preceded byBob Harvey
Succeeded byAndrew Little
Personal details
Political partyLabour
Alma materVictoria University
University of Auckland

Kenneth Michael "Mike" Williams (born 1949) is a former president of the New Zealand Labour Party. [1]

Williams has been an information technology consultant[2] and was a director (until December 2008) of Genesis Energy, the NZ Transport Agency, and GNS Science.[3]

He is currently Chief Executive of the anti-P Stellar Trust, a charity which campaigns to raise awareness of the dangers of methamphetamine.[4]

Williams unsuccessfully stood for several local government positions in the 2010 Auckland local elections. These were the Henderson-Massey Local Board, the Waitakere Licensing Trust, and the Waitemata District Health Board.[5][6]

Early life[edit]

Williams attended Karamu High School and, at the age of 17, joined the New Zealand Labour Party. He attended Victoria University, where he joined the marches against apartheid, nuclear weapons and the Vietnam war. He obtained a Master of Arts in New Zealand History from the University of Auckland. It was here that he first met future Prime Minister Helen Clark, where they were both members of the Princes Street Branch of the Labour Party.[7]

Commercial activities[edit]

Williams set up two successful companies based on his experience of Labour Party organisation. Insight Research (now UMR Insight) was a market research company (which was sold in 1994) and Insight Data, which specialised in direct-mail and marketing and was sold in 1997.[7]

Labour Party activities[edit]

Williams initially started working for the Labour Party as an education officer during the 1981 election campaign, which Labour narrowly lost.[8] Afterwards, he rapidly moved into fundraising where he instigated a number of new practices:

- A pledge system, whereby supporters agreed to pay a regular amount using the then-new automatic bank transfer system;
- Sending out requests for donations to the party membership, enclosing pre-paid reply envelopes;
- Visiting businesses to solicit donations;
- Systematic canvassing and direct-mailing.

These activities helped the party to achieve a landslide victory in 1984. After the election, Williams joined the Australian Labor Party in Canberra but had returned to New Zealand within a year.

Williams was appointed as Campaign Manager for the 1999 election which was won by the Labour Party. After the election he was appointed as Party President.[7] Williams retired as Labour's president in 2009.[9]


  1. ^ Young, Audrey (14 September 2009). "Salute to a 'fairly good bastard'". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  2. ^ "Labour rolling out the pork barrels, say Nats". The New Zealand Herald. NZPA. 1 November 2000. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  3. ^ Trevett, Claire (8 December 2008). "Mike Williams resigns from SOE boards". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  4. ^ Paul Holmes and Andrew Laxon (29 August 2009). "Williams to steer campaign against P". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  5. ^ "Local Elections 2010 - Instructions & Candidate Information (AC101)" (Press release). Electoral Commission (New Zealand). September 2010.
  6. ^ "2010 Election Results" (Press release). Auckland Transition Agency/Auckland Council. October 2010. Archived from the original on 11 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-17.
  7. ^ a b c "Labour's shadow man". The New Zealand Herald. 1 December 2001. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  8. ^ Franks & McAloon 2016, p. 192.
  9. ^ Franks & McAloon 2016, p. 246.


  • Franks, Peter; McAloon, Jim (2016). Labour: The New Zealand Labour Party 1916-2016. Wellington: Victoria University Press. ISBN 978-1-77656-074-5.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Bob Harvey
President of the Labour Party
Succeeded by
Andrew Little