Electoral history of David Lange

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This is a summary of the electoral history of David Lange, Prime Minister of New Zealand (1984–89), Leader of the Labour Party (1983–89), Member of Parliament for Mangere (1977–96).

Parliamentary elections[edit]

1975 election[edit]

General election, 1975: Hobson[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
National Neill Austin 9,559 51.7
Social Credit Howard Manning 5,458 29.5 +0.5
Labour David Lange 2,703 14.6
Values Richard Alspach 774 4.2
Majority 4,101 22.2 +15.8
Turnout 21,965 84.5 +3.6

1977 by-election[edit]

1977 Mangere by-election[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Lange 9,766 58.27
National Clem Simich 5,107 30.48
Social Credit Bill Owens 1,026 6.10 -0.07
Values Frank Grayson 789 4.71 -1.02
Worker's Labour Barry Moss 28 0.17
Alpha P B Magoffin 18 0.11
Independent Labour Barry Shaw 17 0.10
Socialist Action Brigid Mulrennan 7 0.04
Majority 4,659 27.80
Turnout 16,758 64.31 -15.35
Registered electors 26,058
Labour hold Swing

1978 election[edit]

1978 general election: Mangere[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Lange 9,104 66.23 +7.96
National Peter Saunders 2,841 20.67
Social Credit H J Meiklejohn 1,655 12.04
Values V A Strachan 144 1.04
Majority 6,263 45.56 +17.76
Turnout 13,744 63.92 -0.39
Registered electors 21,499

1981 election[edit]

1981 general election: Mangere[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Lange 8,739 62.25 -3.98
Social Credit John Petit 2,933 20.89
National David Perry 2,366 16.85
Majority 5,806 41.35 -4.21
Turnout 14,038 82.57 +18.65
Registered electors 17,001

1984 election[edit]

1984 general election: Mangere[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Lange 10,676 72.83 +10.58
National Peter Saunders 2,301 15.69
NZ Party John Meyer 1,096 7.47
Social Credit T J Brooks 584 3.98
Majority 8,375 57.13 +15.78
Turnout 14,657 86.21 +3.64
Registered electors 17,001

1987 election[edit]

1987 general election: Mangere[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Lange 8,804 70.60 -2.23
National Ron Jeffery 2,785 22.33
Democrats Ken Harris 724 5.80
Mana Motuhake K K Pene 156 1.25
Majority 6,019 48.27 -8.86
Turnout 12,469 81.35 -4.86
Registered electors 15,326

1990 election[edit]

1990 general election: Mangere[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Lange 7,184 51.10 -19.50
National Bryan Archer 3,145 22.37
NewLabour Len Richards 1,658 11.79
Green Brian Edwards 832 5.91
Democrats Ken Harris 148 1.05
Independent Joshua Deane 55 0.39
Majority 4,039 28.73 -19.54
Turnout 14,058 79.73 -1.62
Registered electors 17,631

1993 election[edit]

1993 general election: Mangere[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Lange 8,345 55.12 +4.02
Alliance Len Richards 2,387 15.76 +3.97
NZ First Bryan Archer 2,037 13.45 -8.92
National Hinu Te Hau 1,120 7.39
Christian Heritage Clark Nemeth 135 0.89
Communist League Karen Davis 84 0.55
McGillicuddy Serious Alister Webb 77 0.50
Natural Law Grant Bilyard 53 0.35
Majority 5,958 39.36 +10.63
Turnout 15,137 83.00 -3.27
Registered electors 18,237

Leadership elections[edit]

1979 Deputy-leadership election[edit]

Name Votes Percentage
David Lange 20 52.64%
Bob Tizard 18 47.36%

1980 Leadership election[edit]

Name Votes Percentage
Bill Rowling 19 51.35%
David Lange 18 48.64%

1983 Leadership election[edit]

Name Votes Percentage
David Lange 33 78.57%
Russell Marshall 9 21.43%

1988 Leadership election[edit]

Name Votes Percentage
David Lange 38 69.09%
Roger Douglas 15 27.27%
Informal 2 3.63%

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Norton 1988, p. 247.
  2. ^ a b c d Norton 1988, p. 267.
  3. ^ Norton 1988, p. 268.
  4. ^ Part 1: Votes recorded at each polling place (Technical report). New Zealand Chief Electoral Office. 1990.
  5. ^ Part 1: Votes recorded at each polling place (Technical report). New Zealand Chief Electoral Office. 1993.

References[edit]

  • Norton, Clifford (1988). New Zealand Parliamentary Election Results 1946–1987: Occasional Publications No 1, Department of Political Science. Wellington: Victoria University of Wellington. ISBN 0-475-11200-8.
  • Bassett, Michael (2008). Working with David: Inside the Lange Cabinet. Auckland: Hodder Moa. ISBN 978-1-86971-094-1.