March 03, 2017
Ardern voice of a generation
Labour leader Andrew Little expects his new deputy to bring the concerns of a younger generation of New Zealanders to the fore as the party heads into the election.
Jacinda Ardern, who won the Mount Albert seat at the weekend after eight years as a list MP, will be confirmed by the Labour caucus as the replacement for Annette King, who will leave politics at the election.
Mr Little says she has shown a passion for child well being, including drafting Labour’s Best Start policy, and or other areas of social policy.
"She speaks for the generation that is missing out most from the neglect of this Government on issues like housing, education, what they are doing in terms of tertiary education. It's her generation who are feeling the brunt of that and she brings good strong representation on those sorts of issues, the sort of things we need to be doing if we are going to give that generation the chance the to realise the kiwi dream, to step up and have a good life in the future," he says.
Mr Little expects Jacinda Ardern will work closely with Labour’s Maori caucus on developing policies.
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