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Moira Coatsworth

Coatsworth in 2011

Moira Coatsworth (born 1953/1954 (age 60–61)) is the current President of the New Zealand Labour Party succeeding Andrew Little on 2 April 2011.[1]

Contents

  • Early years 1
  • Political career 2
  • Resignation 3
  • References 4

Early years

Born in South Africa, Coatsworth moved to New Zealand when she was eight. She works as a child psychologist and owns a small farm in the Coromandel.[2]

Political career

Coatsworth joined the Labour Party in the 1980s during anti-mining campaigns in the Coromandel.[2][3]

Before being elected President, Coatsworth was Senior Vice President of the Labour Party.[3][4][5] She was elected President of the Labour Party unopposed on 2 April 2011.[3]

She has "absolutely no ambition" to be an MP.[2]

Resignation

On the 26th of November 2014, Coatsworth announced her intention to move forward her resignation as President to mid-December of 2014,[6] after completing the election in which Andrew Little was elected Party Leader, and starting the party's 2014 review.[7] She stated that her reasons for leaving were that she wants "to see a new president working with Andrew as the new leader, really hitting the ground running at the beginning of next year and getting a plan in and getting moving.".

References

  1. ^ Armstrong, John (2 April 2011). "On top for now - in a job no one wants". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Campaign of two halves for Labour stuff.co.nz, 21 May 2011
  3. ^ a b c "Moira Coatsworth elected as new Labour President". TVNZ. 2 April 2011. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Shipman, Charlotte (2 April 2011). "New Labour President not worried about poisoned chalice". 3 News. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Labour keen to move on from Hughes saga". TVNZ. 2 April 2011. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  6. ^ Trevett, Claire (26 November 2014). "Labour president Moira Coatsworth resigns". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "Coatsworth quits as Labour president". Radio New Zealand. 26 November 2014. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
Party political offices
Preceded by
Andrew Little
President of the Labour Party
2011–present
Incumbent
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