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David Lange (3rd of 3)

When Labour swept into power in 1984, they were led by David Lange. He was closely identified with a non-nuclear policy which disrupted relations with the United States when American nuclear-powered ships were refused entry to New Zealand ports. Here he discusses that policy in October 1984. The government’s economic agenda was set by others in the Labour cabinet, notably Roger Douglas. The unexpected pursuit of ‘new-right’ economic policies split the government and its supporters, and in 1990, the National Party regained power.

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John Wilson, 'History - The later 20th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 June 2024)

Story by John Wilson, updated 1 Apr 2020