Moira Coatsworth

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Moira Coatsworth
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34th President of the Labour Party
In office
Vice PresidentRobert Gallagher
Preceded byAndrew Little
Succeeded byNigel Haworth
Personal details
Born1953/1954 (age 65–66)[1]
South Africa
NationalitySouth African/New Zealander
Political partyLabour Party

Moira Coatsworth (born 1953 or 1954)[1] is a former president of the New Zealand Labour Party, serving in that role from 2011 to 2015.

Early years[edit]

Born in South Africa, Coatsworth moved to New Zealand when she was eight. She works as a child psychologist and owns a small farm in the Coromandel.[1]

Political career[edit]

Coatsworth joined the Labour Party in the 1980s during anti-mining campaigns in the Coromandel.[1][2] Later, she was the Waikato-Bay of Plenty regional representative in Labour's New Zealand Council.[3]

Before being elected President, Coatsworth was Senior Vice President of the Labour Party.[2][4][5] She was elected President of the Labour Party unopposed on 2 April 2011.[2]

She has "absolutely no ambition" to be an MP.[1]


On 26 November 2014, Coatsworth announced her intention to move forward her resignation as President to mid-December 2014,[6] after completing the election in which Andrew Little was elected Party Leader, and starting the party's 2014 review.[7] She stated that her reasons for leaving were that she wants "to see a new president working with Andrew as the new leader, really hitting the ground running at the beginning of next year and getting a plan in and getting moving." Nigel Haworth was elected as her successor.


  1. ^ a b c d e Campaign of two halves for Labour, 21 May 2011
  2. ^ a b c "Moira Coatsworth elected as new Labour President". TVNZ. 2 April 2011. Retrieved 2 April 2011.
  3. ^ "New Zealand Council Members". Archived from the original on 26 October 2007. Retrieved 10 February 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  4. ^ Shipman, Charlotte (2 April 2011). "New Labour President not worried about poisoned chalice". 3 News. Retrieved 2 April 2011.
  5. ^ "Labour keen to move on from Hughes saga". TVNZ. 2 April 2011. Retrieved 2 April 2011.
  6. ^ Trevett, Claire (26 November 2014). "Labour president Moira Coatsworth resigns". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  7. ^ "Coatsworth quits as Labour president". Radio New Zealand News. 26 November 2014. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Andrew Little
President of the Labour Party
Succeeded by
Nigel Haworth