Kōrero: Elections and campaigns

First citizens-initiated referendum, 1995

First citizens-initiated referendum, 1995

Firefighters fought reduction in their numbers with a citizens-initiated referendum, the first of its kind, held in 1995. They are shown here presenting the petition calling for the referendum to Helen Clark, the leader of the opposition Labour Party. Although support for retaining firefighter numbers was very high – 88% – voter turnout was low. Citizens-initiated referendums are not binding, and the government went ahead with its proposal.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, J. E. Tait Collection (PA-Group-00122)
Reference: JET-1584-13-F
Photograph by Jim Tait

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:

Bryce Edwards, 'Elections and campaigns - Elections', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/35138/first-citizens-initiated-referendum-1995 (accessed 3 December 2021)

He kōrero nā Bryce Edwards, i tāngia i te 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Jul 2016