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NZBC Network News - Prime Minister Norman Kirk's Death

Television (Full Length) – 1974

This NZBC news item went to air the day after legendary Prime Minster Norman Kirk passed away. There are tributes (some off-screen) involving everyone from Kissinger, Muldoon and Trudeau to the Queen, and an interview with Deputy PM Hugh Watt. Reporter George Andrews outlines Kirk’s life and career, including footage of Kirk recalling his time working on the Devonport Ferry, and having to break a promise about a Springbok Tour. Andrews charts Kirk's rapid political rise, including becoming the country’s youngest mayor, and the mark he made on the international stage.

We have not our great leader any longer. But the challenge is there to follow the example that he set. And I am determined that the party and the Government to which I belong will follow the same course that was set by the late Norman Kirk.
– Deputy Prime Minister Hugh Watt