October 18, 2023
Hipkins stays on as Labour leader
Chris Hipkins has retained leadership of the Labour Party after a lengthy 4 hour caucus meeting with new and remaining members at Parliament.
Kelvin Davis remains deputy leader of the party.
“The leader is the leader until they’re not the leader, and I’m certainly still the leader of the Labour Party. As I indicated on Saturday, I am absolutely committed to managing a smooth transition to the new Government, and a smooth transition into Opposition,” Mr Hipkins says.
The final make up of the caucus won’t be known until the official results are released on November 3, with Phil Twyford in Te Atatu, Deborah Russell in New Lynn and Rachel Boyack in Nelson waiting to see if special votes will turn around their election night losses.
Andrew Little announced his retirement, freeing up a list position, and others could follow.
With margins of less than 500, Te Tai Tokerau with Kelvin Davis and Peeni Henare in Tāmaki Makaurau could also need a list spot if the large number of special votes from first time voters go against them.