Sue Moroney

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Sue Moroney
Sue Moroney.jpg
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Labour Party list
In office
17 September 2005 – 23 September 2017
Junior Government Whip
In office
5 November 2007 – 11 November 2008
Preceded byDarren Hughes
Succeeded byChris Tremain
Personal details
Born1964 (age 54–55)
NationalityNew Zealand
Political partyLabour
WebsiteLabour website

Suzanne Mary Moroney (born 8 May 1964), generally known as Sue Moroney, is a New Zealand politician. She is a member of the New Zealand Labour Party and was a Member of Parliament from 2005 general election until her retirement in 2017.

Early life[edit]

Sue Moroney was raised in the Waikato. Her parents farmed eighty acres of land to provide an income for their family of seven. She grew up in Walton and attended Walton Primary School and also spent time in Matamata.

Her family are keenly involved in horse racing. During her maiden speech Moroney quipped: "our family never had Michael Joseph Savage on our wall, but we did have a very tasteful mural of a horse race over our fireplace."[1]

Moroney previously worked as a trainer of health and safety personnel, and held a number of positions in the union movement.


Moroney has been endorsed as a candidate by the Labour Party on a number of occasions. In the first MMP election of 1996 she contested the seat of Karapiro and was 31st on the Labour list.[2] In the 2002 election she again contested Piako but chose not to stand for the list.

In the 2005 election Moroney again contested Piako and, while unsuccessful in the electorate, was ranked 42nd on the Party List and was elected to Parliament as a list MP.[3]

In the 2008 general election she was the Labour candidate in the seat of Hamilton East and was returned to parliament due to her list placing of 22.

Member of Parliament[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
2005–2008 48th List 42 Labour
2008–2011 49th List 22 Labour
2011 –2014 50th List 10 Labour
2014–2017 51st List 10 Labour

Sue Moroney was, with Shane Jones, one of two newly elected members of parliament to move and second the Address in Reply to the Governor General's speech from the throne at the opening of the 48th Parliament.[1]

On 31 October 2007 Moroney was announced as the new Junior Government Whip, replacing Darren Hughes who became a Minister outside Cabinet.

Sue Moroney drafted a private members bill that entitled workers to their meal and rest breaks which, along with another private members bill in the name of Labour colleague Steve Chadwick, was the basis for the 'Breaks and Infant Feeding Act' which passed in August 2008.[4]

The Labour Party entered Opposition after the 2008 General Election and Moroney became the Opposition Spokesperson for the portfolios of Women's Affairs and Early Childhood Education.[5]

Moroney is a member of the Transport and Industrial Relations select committee.[6]

Moroney had a private members bill in the ballot to extend Paid Parental Leave to six months from fourteen weeks.[7] It was defeated after the 2015 election by a 60-60 vote with the National Party government and ACT voting against the bill.[8] She also sponsored a petition signed by 15,808[9] others calling on the government to reinstate pay equity reviews for school support staff and social workers, and develop a plan to end the 12% gender pay gap in New Zealand.[10]

Moroney presented the "Waikato Trains Now!" petition signed by 11,500 people to the House of Representatives on 1 April 2010, on behalf of the Campaign for Better Transport group. The petition called for a passenger rail service from Hamilton to Auckland.[11][12]

In early 2011 Labour Leader Phil Goff announced a reshuffle of his caucus. Moroney was moved to a higher rank in the party caucus and gained the responsibility for Aged Care. Women's Affairs was passed on to first term MP Carol Beaumont.

Following the resignation from parliament of Darren Hughes, Moroney was further promoted to the front bench taking on the senior portfolio of Education and passed Aged Care onto Steve Chadwick.

Following the resignation of David Shearer in 2013 and the election of David Cunliffe as party leader, Moroney was elected as Chief Whip.

Only five months after its defeat, Moroney had another private members bill drawn from the ballot to extend Paid Parental Leave to six months from 18 weeks.[13] The bill also allocates 'work contact hours' for parents wanting to keep in contact with their workplace during their leave, to no detriment to their parental leave entitlements. the bill passed its first reading in Parliament on 16 September 2015 by 61 votes to 60, with support coming from New Zealand First, the Greens, the Maori Party and United Future.[14] The bill is currently at committee stage.

In the November 2015 Labour Party caucus reshuffle, Moroney was promoted to the Labour Party shadow cabinet by leader Andrew Little. In her promotion, Moroney picked up the Transport portfolio and associate spokesperson on Industrial Relations and Safety.[15]

On 30 April she announced she would not be standing in the 2017 election, saying, ""I made my decision after being notified last night that I had lost support from the party's ruling council for an electable position on the Labour Party list".[16]

Personal life[edit]

Her family is prominent in racehorse owning and training. Her brother Paul Moroney who is a prominent horse trainer/owner was involved in the controversy surrounding Owen Glenn contributing to the New Zealand First party, by giving an affidavit supporting Mr Glenn's version of events.

Moroney is married with two sons.


  1. ^ a b Moroney, Sue (15 November 2005). Sue Moroney Maiden Speech (Speech). New Zealand House of Representatives, Wellington. Retrieved 6 December 2009.
  2. ^ "Party Lists of successful parties elected in 1996" (PDF). Retrieved 5 December 2009.
  3. ^ "Official Count Results – Piako". Retrieved 5 December 2009.
  4. ^ "Employment Relations (Breaks and Infant Feeding Bill) Amendment Bill, Speech by Trevor Mallard – 7 August 2008". Retrieved 5 December 2009.
  5. ^ "Profile of Sue Moroney MP". Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Select Committee Members". Retrieved 4 December 2009.
  7. ^ "Six months Paid Parental Leave on the Agenda" (Press release). New Zealand Labour Party. 18 June 2009. Retrieved 5 December 2009.
  8. ^ "Paid parental leave bill defeated". Stuff. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Pay Equity Petition Presentation – 2009-10-30". Retrieved 5 December 2009.
  10. ^ "Pay Equity Petition – 2009-06-01" (PDF). Retrieved 5 December 2009.
  11. ^ Preston, NIikki (30 March 2010). "Train petition off to capital". Waikato Times. Archived from the original on 5 April 2010. Retrieved 12 June 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  12. ^ ""Biggest Ever" Rail Petition To Be Presented" (Press release). Campaign For Better Transport. 27 March 2010. Retrieved 6 May 2010.
  13. ^ "Paid parental leave bill rides again". Stuff. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  14. ^ "Government to veto paid leave bill". Stuff. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  15. ^ "Moroney reshuffled up the deck". Stuff. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  16. ^ "Labour MP Sue Moroney to step down at 2017 election". Stuff. Retrieved 24 January 2018.

External links[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Darren Hughes
Junior Government Whip
Succeeded by
Chris Tremain
Party political offices
Preceded by
Chris Hipkins
Senior Whip of the Labour Party
Succeeded by
Chris Hipkins