Prime Minister Robert Muldoon has met his match in the charismatic and eloquent Labour Party leader David Lange. Bob Jones’ New Zealand Party also threatens to split the right wing vote, making a Labour victory all the more likely. Social Credit still exists as a small political force, however leader Bruce Beetham is hoping to build the party’s influence. With the nation in the midst of economic strife, will Muldoon hang on for a fourth term? Or will Lange bring ‘piggy’ down and return Labour to office? Will Jones’ New Zealand Party establish itself as the voice of the Right? Or will Beetham’s message ‘cut through’ to New Zealanders and gain support for Social Credit? Whatever the case, General Election 1984 promises to be one of the most eventful elections that New Zealand has ever had.
Parties and Leaders
National – Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Sir Robert Muldoon
Labour – Leader of the Opposition Hon. David Lange
New Zealand Party – Mr. Bob Jones
Social Credit – Hon. Bruce Beetham