Story: National Party

Parties in Parliament, 1984–99

Click on the buttons to see which party gained the most seats, and hence became the government, in the general elections between 1984 and 1993.

1996 was a watershed election because it was the first to be held under the mixed-member proportional representation electoral system (MMP). Henceforth, the party that gained the most seats did not automatically form a government. Usually, it needed to gain the support of a minor party (or parties) to get the necessary majority of seats to form a coalition government.

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Sources: Dieter Nohlen, Florian Grotz, and Christof Hartmann, Elections in Asia and the Pacific: a data handbook. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001, pp. 731–734; New Zealand Election Results

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How to cite this page:

Colin James, 'National Party - Shifting rightwards', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/33884/parties-in-parliament-1984-99 (accessed 25 February 2021)

Story by Colin James, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Jul 2020