New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions (NZCTU or CTU) is a national trade union centre in New Zealand. The NZCTU represents 360,000 workers, and is the largest democratic organisation in New Zealand.

New Zealand Council of Trade Unions
NZCTU logo.png
HeadquartersEducation House, Wellington, New Zealand
Key people
Richard Wagstaff, President
Melissa Ansell-Bridges, Secretary
AffiliationsITUC, TUAC


It was formed in 1987 by the merger of the New Zealand Federation of Labour (NZFL or FOL) and the Combined State Unions (CSU).

The NZCTU is closely associated with the Labour Party. While there is no formal link between the two, some unions are formally affiliated to the Labour Party, and the President of the NZCTU speaks at the party's annual conference.

The NZCTU is affiliated with the International Trade Union Confederation.


Helen Kelly (former president of the CTU)

New Zealand Federation of Labour


Peter Conway (former Secretary of the CTU)
  • 2019–Present: Melissa Ansell-Bridges, former Equity Director
  • 2015–2019: Sam Huggard, former NDU and FIRST Union campaigns officer
  • 2008–2015: Peter Conway, former NZCTU economist
  • 1999–2007: Paul Goulter, former general secretary of the financial sector union Finsec
  • 1987–1999: Angela Foulkes

Affiliated unionsEdit


  • ICTUR; et al., eds. (2005). Trade Unions of the World (6th ed.). London, UK: John Harper Publishing. ISBN 0-9543811-5-7.
  1. ^ NZCTU Trade Union 2011 Directory. Wellington: NZCTU. 2011.

External linksEdit