Whaleoil Investigates – Who is Andrew Little? Ctd

As expected with a political leader, they have a large and growing digital footprint.

Andrew Little’s footprint may not be as extensive as someone who has had a longer parliamentary career, but there are still plenty of good sources.

Andrew Little’s Parliament Page

http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/mpp/mps/current/51MP3181/little-andrew

There are plenty of great links from this page, including all his speeches and questions in question time. There are close to 250 speeches and questions online.

There are links to his Twitter and Facebook feeds. Please follow or friend him so you can make your own mind up about him.

Andrew Little’s Wikipedia Page

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Little_%28New_Zealand_politician%29

As may be expected with a man who has only been in parliament for three years, there is not much information on Wikipedia. Hopefully this detailed series of posts will find their way to Wikipedia so others can easily follow Andrew Little’s digital footprint. 

Andrew Little’s Labour Web Site Page

 Even after being elected leader on the 18th of November, the Labour Party web site does not have much depth.

Andrew Little

  • Leader of the New Zealand Labour Party
  • Labour List MP
  • Spokesperson for Security and Intelligence

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.  While at Vic he flatted with actress Robyn Malcolm.

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. He believes that a fair and just society should provide opportunities for people to excel and to be fairly rewarded for their efforts.

Since becoming an MP he has held the ACC, Tourism, Justice and Labour portfolios, lobbying for a reversal of legal aids cuts, the introduction of corporate manslaughter laws to increase accountability in cases such as the Pike River disaster and the creation of a criminal cases review commission to review alleged miscarriages of justice. He also helped develop new policy to improve the rights of sexual assault victims.

In 2012 he gained widespread attention for performing the Gangnam Style dance in the House during the first reading of the Statutes Amendment Bill, accusing National of “riding the invisible horse of decision-making”.

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.

Yep, that’s his bio from Labour’s website…claiming widespread attention for performing Gangnam-style in parliament…I kid you not.

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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.

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He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

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