A couple of weeks have already passed since the election. Much has changed.
First, I’ve been elected to Parliament as your new MP for Dunedin North. Thank you to all of you who have supported me, whether practically through campaigning activities, or through kind words, or simply by voting. I appreciate your support. And will do my level best to be worthy of the faith you’ve placed in me.
Second, Labour’s chosen a new leadership team. David Shearer, former New Zealander of the year, and MBE recipient, is our new leader. Wry critics have suggested his leadership in UN reconstruction work will fit him well for the task ahead. Grant Robertson, Dunedin born and bred – and a longstanding friend – is his deputy. I am looking forward to supporting these two as they lead Labour’s bid for Government in 2014.
Third, more change has been signalled. The Labour Party is going to undertake a constitutional review to ensure it’s structures and processes serve the best interests of the Party and of the New Zealanders it represents.
Change can be unsettling. It is often risky. I’m looking forward to it.