Jacinda Ardern resignation: Michael Wood says politicians don't do any favours letting leadership contest play out in public

  • 20/01/2023

Labour's Michael Wood says politicians don't do anyone any favours by letting leadership contests play out in public.

The current Transport Minister accordingly wouldn't spill on whether he will throw his name in the ring for the top job about to be vacated by Jacinda Ardern.

"I am a team player," he said. "We have all agreed that we would do this as an internal team process. I don't think politicians ever do themselves or their parties or the country any favours by playing these things out in public."

He expects the new leader will be announced on Sunday after a caucus vote, rather than letting the decision go out to members. 

"I think there is a strong will for us to build consensus, to be united, and to have a leader that we all back to win the election."

Watch the interview above.