June 1984 and a drunken decision late one night leads to a snap election.
Sir Robert Muldoon’s ruling National Government is thrown out of office and David Lange’s reforming Labour Party voted in.
But before they could take power an unprecedented constitutional crisis gripped the country and for three days no one knew who was in charge.
Late on the evening of 14 June 1984 National Party Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon walked unsteadily down a corridor in Parliament towards waiting journalists.
He stared glassily into a TV camera and announced that the country would go to the polls early.
The date he chose for the snap election was 14 July – just four weeks away.
RNZ journalist Richard Griffin suggested it didn’t give Muldoon’s party much time to run up to an election.
The Prime Minister slurred a famous reply.