David Cunliffe has won the Labour leadership with 51.15
per cent of the total vote.
Supporters at Mr Cunliffe's small New Lynn electorate office
erupted into applause as the result was announced.
Speaking to his supporters, Mr Cunliffe said today was a new
beginning for Labour and New Zealand.
"Tomorrow morning we start our election campaign against the
Mr Cunliffe said the only way he could repay his supporters
was to become the leader they believed he could be.
He fought back tears as he thanked those who had supported
him throughout the leadership battle.
"We're going to be a fighting team and we're going to fight
the Key Government."
Mr Cunliffe said his overriding priority was to unite the
The leadership win meant he had not been handed the
leadership, but a job.
"That rests on the shoulders of me and my colleagues, we will
not let them down."
He said he was grateful for his family's support.
"Obviously it's going to be very tough on them."
Cunliffe said he was yet to decide Labour party rankings or
"I have every confidence in my colleagues that we will be a
force to be reckoned with.
"This is not a split caucus...this is a united caucus."
Mr Cunliffe said raising taxes will be an election policy for
the Labour party under his leadership. "You bet."
He said he has yet to decide whether he will take on a
David Cunliffe's victory of just over 50 per cent was
achieved on the first round of voting without calling on
The caucus' 34 total votes are worth 40 percent of the total.
Mr Cunliffe won 32.35 per cent (11 MPs) of the 34 MPs, or
12.94 per cent of the total vote.
Mr Robertson won 47.06 per cent of the caucus (16 MPs) and Mr
Jones won 20.59 per cent (7 MPs).
Membership vote is worth 40 per cent of the total.
Mr Cunliffe won 60.14 per cent of membership support, or
25.05 per cent of the total.
Mr Robertson won 26.71 per cent of the party and Mr Jones won
13.15 per cent.
The affiliated union vote is worth 20 percent of the total.
Mr Cunliffe won 70.77 per cent of the affiliated unions of
14.11 per cent of the total vote.
Mr Robertson won 17.3 per cent of the affilates and Mr Jones
won 11.92 per cent.
Mr Cunliffe's 12.94 per cent for caucus, 25.05 per cent for
membership and 14.11 per cent for unions get him to 51.15 per
cent (rounded up).
If Mr Cunliffe had fallen under 50 per cent after the first
round of counting, Mr Jones would have been eliminated and
his supporters' second preference votes redistributed to Mr
Cunliffe or Mr Robertson.
The Labour Party has released the preferences. So it is
possible to say that preferences would have evened out MPs'
support if it had gone to a second round, with Mr Cunliffe
getting five of Mr Jones' supporters' second preferences and
Mr Robertson just 2, leaving Mr Cunliffe 16 and Mr Robertson
The result was announced by party general secretary Tim
Barnett at Labour headquarters in Wellington.
Mr Cunliffe received the news at his New Lynn electorate