Kōrero: Premiers and prime ministers

David Lange

David Lange

Long before extreme makeovers infested prime-time television, prime ministerial wannabes began to tweak their images to accommodate the new medium. David Lange’s change was the most drastic. In 1979 (left) Lange was a large man sporting clunky spectacles and unflattering suits. By 1984 (right) surgery had slimmed him down considerably, and his dress sense had improved too. Lange later denied that it had anything to do with image management. ‘When I was a heap I did well in politics.’

Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi

Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1979/3958/26 (left); EP/1984/1846 (right).
Photograph by Merv Griffiths

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Gavin McLean, 'Premiers and prime ministers - Towards modern leadership', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/33200/david-lange (accessed 25 January 2020)

He kōrero nā Gavin McLean, i tāngia i te 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Dec 2016