Ten years on from the tumultuous 1984 General Election, this award-winning current affairs documentary examines the financial and constitutional crisis that resulted from Robert Muldoon’s initial refusal to yield power. Reporter Richard Harman, who conducted pivotal interviews at the time, talks to key players to piece together the events of five remarkable days. They also saw the opening salvoes between David Lange and US Secretary of State George Shultz over nuclear ship visits, and foreshadowed Roger Douglas’ controversial remaking of the New Zealand economy.
Prime Ministers should not stay too long in power. It breaks down their capacity to see reality.– Hugh Templeton