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Meet the candidates, 1996

Meet the candidates, 1996

A good turnout of candidates didn’t guarantee local interest at this 1996 meeting in Wellington. The nine candidates seeking election in the Rongotai electorate represented parties ranging from National to Natural Law (a party promoting transcendental meditation). They faced rows of empty seats. Rongotai’s history as a safe Labour seat may have influenced attendance.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1996/2630
Photograph by Ross Giblin

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Bryce Edwards, 'Elections and campaigns - Voter participation and turnout', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 January 2022)

Story by Bryce Edwards, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Jul 2016