In breaking news …
Annette King is standing down as deputy leader of the Labour Party and Andrew Little will nominate Jacinda Ardern as deputy leader.
From the Herald:
Labour will elect a new deputy leader after Annette King decided to step down, leader Andrew Little has announced.
“Annette has been a wonderful deputy since I became leader,” Little said. “She’s tirelessly supported me and I’ve really appreciated her wise advice, humour and huge experience.
“She’s also been an excellent health spokesperson. While I wanted her to stay in that role, I accept her reasons for wanting to retire. She has been an outstanding servant of the Labour Party and worked hard for a better and fairer New Zealand. She has made a huge contribution in government, opposition and in Rongotai.
“Caucus next Tuesday will vote for a new Deputy Leader. I will be nominating Jacinda Ardern for that position. She has performed extremely well as a list MP and her resounding win in the Mt Albert byelection is further proof that she has what it takes to be my deputy,” said Little.
Hard to know where to start with acknowledging @annetterongotai She has been my friend, my mentor and my pseudo-Aunty. Thank you Annette x
— Jacinda Ardern (@jacindaardern) February 28, 2017