Kōrero: Labour Party

Michael Joseph Savage's victory speech, 1935

'Now then, ladies and gentlemen.' In the era before television, the reassuring tones of Michael Joseph Savage, the first Labour prime minister, became familiar to the entire country through radio broadcasts. On election night, 27 November 1935, Savage spoke from 1YA. Listen to this extract from his speech.

An iconic photograph of Savage can be seen on the wall above this family eating dinner. This same image could once be found in the houses of Labour supporters throughout the country.

Sound file from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero (M. J. Savage – speech post-election victory, 27/11/35 by phone from 1YA/Reference number D468/2).


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Palmerston North City Library
Reference: 2010N_A175-67-1_004203

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Peter Aimer, 'Labour Party - First Labour government, 1935 to 1949', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/speech/34030/michael-joseph-savages-victory-speech-1935 (accessed 17 July 2024)

He kōrero nā Peter Aimer, i tāngia i te 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Jan 2023