Andrew Little (New Zealand politician)

Andrew James Little (born 7 May 1965) is a New Zealand politician and former trade union official, currently serving as Minister of Health and Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations. He is also the Minister for the Government Communications Security Bureau and the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service. Little was previously Leader of the Opposition from 2014 to 2017.


Andrew Little

Little in June 2019
42nd Minister of Health
Assumed office
6 November 2020
Prime MinisterJacinda Ardern
Preceded byChris Hipkins
6th Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Prime MinisterJacinda Ardern
Preceded byChristopher Finlayson
Minister Responsible for the Government Communications Security Bureau
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Prime MinisterJacinda Ardern
Preceded byChristopher Finlayson
Minister Responsible for the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Prime MinisterJacinda Ardern
Preceded byChristopher Finlayson
Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Prime MinisterJacinda Ardern
Preceded byOffice created
49th Minister of Justice
In office
26 October 2017  6 November 2020
Prime MinisterJacinda Ardern
Preceded byAmy Adams
Succeeded byKris Faafoi
3rd Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety
In office
22 July 2020  6 November 2020
Prime MinisterJacinda Ardern
Preceded byIain Lees-Galloway
Succeeded byMichael Wood
35th Leader of the Opposition
In office
18 November 2014  1 August 2017
DeputyAnnette King
Jacinda Ardern
Preceded byDavid Cunliffe
Succeeded byJacinda Ardern
16th Leader of the Labour Party
In office
18 November 2014  1 August 2017
DeputyAnnette King
Jacinda Ardern
Preceded byDavid Cunliffe
Succeeded byJacinda Ardern
33rd President of the Labour Party
In office
2 March 2009  2 April 2011
Vice PresidentMoira Coatsworth
Preceded byMike Williams
Succeeded byMoira Coatsworth
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for the Labour Party List
Assumed office
26 November 2011
Personal details
Born
Andrew James Little

(1965-05-07) 7 May 1965 (age 56)
New Plymouth, New Zealand
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)
Leigh Fitzgerald
(m. 2008)
Children1
Alma materVictoria University of Wellington
WebsiteParty profile

Little was the national secretary of New Zealand's largest trade union, the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union (EPMU), and he was President of the Labour Party from 2009 to 2011. He entered Parliament in 2011 as a list MP. Little served as the Leader of the New Zealand Labour Party from 18 November 2014 until 1 August 2017, when he resigned to make way for Jacinda Ardern.

With the formation of a Labour-led coalition government in October 2017, Little was appointed as Minister of Justice, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, and Minister in charge of the Government Communications Security Bureau and New Zealand Security Intelligence Service.[1] In July 2020, Little was appointed as the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety.[2] Following the 2020 election, Little left the Justice and Workplace Relations and Safety roles and was instead appointed Minister of Health.[3]