Story: Citizenship

The privileges of citizenship

The privileges of citizenship

Until 1975 only New Zealand citizens could vote in parliamentary elections. In that year all permanent residents were given the right to vote. In 1972, before the change, the cartoonist Nevile Lodge responded to a news report that prior to the elections applications for New Zealand citizenship had increased. New Zealanders took the privilege of voting seriously – so that they could then exercise their freedom to moan about the government.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Mrs Pat Lodge Collection
Reference: 134-233-B
Cartoon by Nevile Lodge

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David Green, 'Citizenship - Aliens and citizens', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 June 2024)

Story by David Green, published 8 Feb 2005