New Labour Party leader David Shearer says he wants to create a clean, green, clever New Zealand with an economy that delivers benefits to all Kiwis.
Voted in as the party’s new leader to replace Phil Goff on Tuesday morning, Shearer and new deputy Grant Robertson told media in Parliament buildings they wanted to rejuvenate the party, which received 27% of the vote at the November 26 election.
Shearer implied he was broadly comfortable with the party’s current policy stance, which includes a capital gains tax and policy to raise the pension age from 65 to 67 between 2020 and 2033.
Shearer and Robertson beat the party’s finance spokesman David Cunliffe and Nanaia Mahuta in the quest for the leadership, after Goff and former deputy Annette King announced their intentions to stand down two weeks ago after the election loss.
Cunliffe and Mahuta said in a press release they offered their "wholehearted congratulations and support" to Shearer and Robertson.
“The task now is for the Labour caucus and the Labour Party to unite behind its new leadership team, in order to be a strong Opposition and to earn the confidence of New Zealanders before the 2014 election,” they said.
Shearer said he had not yet promised any caucus members portfolios, with that work to be done before Parliament sits next week.
Former economic development spokesman David Parker, who stood down from the leadership race to back Shearer, is being tipped to take the finance portfolio off Cunliffe.
(Updates with video of Shearer, comment from Cunliffe and Mahuta)