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Savage memorial

This profile of Prime Minister Michael Joseph Savage appears on his memorial at Bastion Point, where he is buried.

Savage represented Auckland West for the Labour Party from 1919. He led the party to government in the 1935 general election, overseeing radical reforms that created New Zealand’s welfare state. His death in 1940 led to a mass outpouring of grief throughout the country and the building of the memorial.

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Margaret McClure, 'Auckland region - Government, education and health', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 April 2024)

Story by Margaret McClure, updated 1 Aug 2016