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David Lange

The Rt. Hon. David Lange in 1984
Personal data
Date of birth4 August 1942
Place of birthOtahuhu, New Zealand
Date of death13 August 2005(age 63)
Place of deathAuckland, New Zealand
Political partyLabour
SpouseNaomi Joy Crampton (three children);
Margaret Pope (one child)
ProfessionLawyer
ReligionMethodist
32nd Prime Minister of New Zealand
In office26 July 1984 - 8 August 1989
(  years)
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor generalDavid Beattie
Paul Reeves
DeputyGeoffrey Palmer
Succeeded byGeoffrey Palmer
Preceded byRobert Muldoon
23rd Leader of the Opposition
In office3 February 1982 - 26 July 1984
Succeeded byRobert Muldoon
Preceded byBill Rowling
In office1977 - 1996
Succeeded byTaito Phillip Field
Preceded byColin Moyle

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David Russell Lange, ONZ, CH (who pronounced his name -enˈlɒŋi ) (4 August 1942 13 August 2005), served as the 32nd Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1984 to 1989. He headed New Zealand's fourth Labour Government, one of the most reforming administrations in his country's history, but one which did not always conform to traditional expectations of a social-democrat party. He had a reputation for cutting wit (sometimes directed against himself) and eloquence. His government implemented far-reaching free-market reforms. Helen Clark has described New Zealand's nuclear-free legislation as his legacy.


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