The exact number of paid-up members of the New Zealand Labour Party has not always been publicly notified. As this graph, based on a variety of sources, shows, the party's membership has fluctuated greatly, broadly in line with the terms of office of Labour governments. However, during the 1980s and 1990s party membership plummeted to levels not seen since before the first Labour government took office in 1935. This reflected disillusionment on the part of many members with the neoliberal ‘Rogernomics’ policies of the fourth Labour government (1984–1990).
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Source: Bryce Edwards, 'Political parties in New Zealand: a study of ideological and organisational transformation.' PhD thesis, University of Canterbury, 2003.