Government mourns the passing of Jim Anderton
New Zealand has lost a man of integrity, compassion and dedication to public service with the passing of the Hon Jim
Anderton, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. Mr Anderton was a former Deputy Prime Minister, Minister and long serving
member of Parliament for the Wigram and Sydenham electorates.
“Jim Anderton devoted much of his adult life to public service and to the ideals of the Labour movement. He was first
elected to public office in 1965 as a Manukau City Councillor and served local then central government for more than 40
years, including as Deputy Prime Minister between 1999 and 2002. Jim was a leader in his Ministerial work, particularly
in the Regional Development and Primary Industries portfolios.
“He was a towering figure in the Labour movement for several decades. He will be remembered as someone who stood up for
his principles and for the people he represented. His integrity during difficult times marked him out as a true leader.
“Jim’s influence as President of the New Zealand Labour Party has lasted for decades. He built a powerful campaigning
organisation, selected candidates who became Ministers and Prime Minister and he was an innovative fundraiser.
“His work to establish the Alliance and Progressive Parties was both difficult and trailblazing. He never gave up on the
values of the Labour movement, and worked tirelessly to bring it back together through the years of the fifth Labour-led
“Jim was also a loyal servant of the people of Sydenham and Wigram, serving as an MP from 1984 to 2011. He loved the
people of Christchurch and his commitment continued beyond central government politics, including in recent years as
Chair of the Stadium Trust and working to save the ChristChurch Cathedral.
“There are few figures in New Zealand politics like Jim Anderton. A man of deeply-held values and ideals, he was
practical and compassionate. We mourn his loss, and extend our heartfelt sympathies to Jim’s wife Carole, his family and
friends,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says.