David Cunliffe has announced that he is also entering the race to become Labour’s next leader.
His speech can be read here. In it he sets out his vision for the country’s future. Some highlights:
Like all of you, I am sick and tired of watching hope die in the eyes of our young.
I refuse to stand by and let these kids become part of the first generation to do worse than their parents in this country.
This has got to stop.
I want to make New Zealand a fairer place, by strengthening and supporting the most vulnerable members of our society and by giving every Kiwi kid a fair chance.
By strengthening not shrinking, support for our schools and hospitals.
By strengthening, not shrinking, the ability of every New Zealander to have a warm, comfortable home.
And, above all, by strengthening a high-value, high knowledge sustainable economy that will create the value that we can all share.
The time has now come for Labour to rise and join with our communities to build this strong and fair New Zealand, a New Zealand where our finest traditions of ‘a fair go’, our precious environment and a peaceful, principled society get a new beginning.
In short, I will be making sure that my children and your children are part of a New Zealand that is coming together not coming apart.
Disclaimer – I am involved in David Cunliffe’s campaign and could be accused of being hopelessly biased …