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The New Zealand Labour Party (Rōpū Reipa o Aotearoa) currently leads the government. It is a centre-left political party, which describes its founding principle as democratic socialism. Labour formed in 1916 out of various socialist parties and trade unions and is the country's oldest political party still in existence. Labour has been in government six times and had ten leaders become prime ministers.
- Year founded 1916
- Times in government 6
- Current MPs 46
- Electorate seats held29
- Donations received 2017-2019 $2,568,336
2020 polling average 50.4%
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