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In one of NZ politics’ more notorious episodes, PM Rob Muldoon, his slim majority in tatters, calls a snap election. Party president Sue Wood is beside him but he has already ignored her advice that the party isn’t ready for the polls. It was widely suggested that Muldoon was drunk (and reporter Rob Neale can’t resist a “high spirits” jibe) — or perhaps he believed his own invincibility — but it was the beginning of the end for an era he had dominated. The limousine looks quaint, but the National Party’s Macintosh is a pointer to the electioneering of the future.

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I was at the South Pacific hotel at the bottom of Queen Street, Auckland a couple of days before the election. While I was waiting for my cab in the morning, Muldoon barrels out of the elevator and marches across the foyer heading toward his Ford LTD parked outside. A policeman stationed at the hotel door salutes the PM. Muldoon is driven off. Obviously a student of the polls, the policeman then turns to those of us watching and says "thank God thats the last time I will have to salute that little prick"

 Richard Harman

Richard Harman

Rob Neale was the reporter and his piece stands up even today as a pretty slick effort. Muldoon did top off the hotel (the then Regent, now Stamford Plaza) and then topped himself up even more at the old TVNZ Shortland St studio.


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