Who is Andrew Little? Long Form Interviews


In the interests of providing a complete picture of Andrew Little we are including the long form profiles and interviews with him after he became leader.

Stuff’s Andrea Vance tries to position him as ‘A Reasonable Man’. She even manages to trundle out a tame employer who doesn’t dislike Little for all the dodgy stuff the EMPU have done in the past.

A former airline executive – on the other side of the negotiating table – was impressed.

“There is a really interesting blend of practical compassion within Andrew. That pragmatism realises the commercial realities of a business … It was a very tense and adversarial approach taken by both parties but there was a degree of calmness about him, borne out of recognising as a leader that he has got to let the situation unfold a little bit.

“He says Little “opened his eyes”.

“We understood [then] the impact of the decision that we would have been taking. He was a measured, reasonable voice as opposed to antagonistic. He played a very good, diffusing role.”

Little is “well regarded” by many in the business world, the former airline executive says.

The bastion of Left Wing Approval, the Listener, published an interview with Little before the 2011 election.

Interestingly instead of the usual trite image of a leader going up the escalator they have used an image of him going down.



More goofiness from Little, whose minders will be annoyed that he had forgotten how Muldoon magnificently framed the 1975 election by adding a few words to Labour’s slogan. Labour ran with “Keep New Zealand Rowling”, to which Muldoon added “Down Hill”.

At least Little appears to be willing to embrace dirty politics rather than piously pretend it doesn’t occur.

On Little’s living-room wall is a small John Reynolds. He got it at an auction, couldn’t resist. It reads: “Politics is the skilled use of blunt objects”. Little can be blunt.

Maybe there is some hope for him.

The Herald asks Little 12 questions.

It is a bit boring and non political, but there are some interesting bits.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.