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Women and the vote

The road to MMP

  • Page 1 – The road to MMP

    In 1993 New Zealanders voted to replace their traditional first past the post (FPP) voting system with mixed member proportional representation (MMP). Eighteen years on, as

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  • Page 2 – First past the post

    From 1853 until 1993 (apart from 1908–13) New Zealand elections were held under the first past the post (FPP) or plurality system.

  • Page 3 – The Royal Commission

    During the 1981 and 1984 campaigns, Labour promised to set up a Royal Commission to look into a wide range of issues relating to the electoral system.

  • Page 4 – Putting it to the vote

    Although only 55% of electors took part in a referendum, an overwhelming 85% voted to change their electoral system. In the second part of the poll, 70% favoured mixed member

  • Page 5 – 1996 and beyond - the road to MMP

    The three years following the 1993 referendum, before the first MMP election in 1996, were ones of transition and uncertainty.

Election Days

  • Page 1 – Election Days

    When New Zealanders go to the polls on 26 November 2011, they will continue a 158-year-old tradition of parliamentary democracy in this country. Politics may have changed

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  • Page 2 – Early elections

    Even though New Zealand's electoral franchise (right to vote) was more generous than Britain's, the colony's early elections were in many ways small-scale replicas of those in

  • Page 3 – Cleaning up elections

    The New Zealand Parliament was alarmed by reports of electoral abuses in Auckland in the 1850s. It decided that electoral laws needed to be tightened, and in 1858 passed a

  • Page 4 – Nights on the town

    After the colour and controversy of the 1850s, election days in New Zealand have generally been orderly affairs. Even so, election nights could still be lively occasions.

  • Page 5 – Peddling politicians

    Given the printing technology of the time, early election posters and hoardings were inevitably simple.

  • Page 6 – Radio and TV

    Electoral advertising was transformed first by radio, and later by television.

  • Page 7 – General Elections 1853-2011

    Dates and turnout statistics for all New Zealand general elections

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Maori and the vote

Television in New Zealand

  • Page 5 – Elections on TV

    It took a while for television to make its mark on New Zealand elections, but since the 1980s the small screen has become the decisive election battleground.

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  • Page 5 - Elections on TVIt took a while for television to make its mark on New Zealand elections, but since the 1980s the small screen has become the decisive election