Story: Referendums

The 1967 referendum

This film clip deals with the two referendums of 23 September 1967. One asked whether licensing hours should be extended beyond 6 p.m. 64.4% of voters supported later closing, and the notorious 'six o'clock swill' ended after half a century. The second referendum asked whether the parliamentary term should be extended to four years. 68.1% of voters opted for the status quo – three years.

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Nigel Roberts, 'Referendums - Consultative referendums before 1970', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 October 2021)

Story by Nigel Roberts, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 30 Aug 2016, updated 1 Dec 2020