Andrew Little was elected to Parliament in 2011.
Born in New Plymouth and educated at New Plymouth Boys’ High School, he studied philosophy, law, and public policy at Victoria University. He served as president of Victoria’s student association and was twice elected NZUSA president.
His first job was as a solicitor for the Engineers Union (later EPMU), working on employment law and ACC issues. Appointed national secretary of the EPMU in 2000 he led negotiations with a number of major companies and developed a focus on high productivity work practices based on strong worker engagement. He was elected president of the Labour party in 2009 and has served on the boards of VUW, TEC, and WITT (Taranaki Polytechnic). His work as a lawyer and union secretary demonstrated the need for government to be focused on both wealth creation and fair wealth distribution.
Andrew’s hobbies include mountain-biking, skiing, golf, and kayaking. He and his family, including Buddy the cat and Harry the dog, live in Wellington’s Island Bay.