Andrew Little is driven by fairness and justice. He believes it's possible to build a better New Zealand, where everyone has the opportunity to live their version of the Kiwi dream.
As Labour Party Leader since 2014, he has focused on solutions to the housing crisis, on improving health and education services creaking at the seams, and on making sure the economy provides a fair share for all.
Andrew Little was born in New Plymouth in 1965, where his father was a teacher. His parents taught him the importance of education and hard work.
At Victoria University of Wellington, he studied philosophy, law, and public policy.
Prior to entering Parliament, Andrew Little served as general counsel of the Engineering, Printing, and Manufacturing Union from 1997 to 2000. In 2000, he was elected National Secretary of the EPMU. Leading the largest private-sector union for eleven years, he represented the interests of working people and gained significant improvements in their pay and conditions.
Andrew Little also served as President of the Labour Party from 2009 to 2011, when he became a Labour MP. In his first term in Parliament, he was spokesperson for ACC, Tourism, Justice and Labour.
As Leader, Andrew Little has held the Government to account on the funding cuts to public services and increasing inequality in New Zealand. He has taken a stand against the current Government's failure to get enough houses built to meet the housing shortage and promoted Labour's plan to build 100,000 affordable homes for first homebuyers to purchase.
He has built a broad movement for change and an alternative government with a positive plan for New Zealand.
Andrew lives with his wife, Leigh, and son, Cam, in Wellington's Island Bay.