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The New Zealand Example

At its founding in late 1996, many people who came together to form the PLP were inspired by the NZ example. They had seen that in NZ an electorally successful “Alliance” of minor parties committed to ending neoliberalism had become an effective “Third Force” in NZ politics and the major parties had to reckon with it. These minor parties had been campaigning separately for years but together they were able to form an effective critical mass. The change of voting method in NZ in 1996 to “Proportional voting” was a catalyst for this.