Grant Robertson, Nanaia Mahuta, David Parker and Andrew Little attended a meeting in Wellington on Wednesday night for the first of 14 husting meetings across the country to enable party members to select a leader for the NZ Labour Party.
Grant Robertson said at the meeting that: "I give you this commitment, a Labour government I lead will legislate for fair wages, collective bargaining and the rights of all workers to be upheld." Robertson was re-elected in the Wellington Central electorate in the September 2014 general election. His bid for the party's leadership has been endorsed by Sir Michael Cullen.
David Parker commented in his presentation that he wanted an economy that lifted all the boats not just the super yachts.
New Zealand's largest trade union, The Engineer Print and Manufacturing Union (EPMU), has unanimously backed MP Andrew Little to be the next Labour leader.
The new leader, presumably with the sort of X – Factor that connects most with the audience, will be announced on Tuesday, November 18.