1972 New Zealand general election

The New Zealand general election of 1972 was held on 25 November to elect MPs to the 37th session of the New Zealand Parliament. The Labour Party, led by Norman Kirk, defeated the governing National Party.

1972 New Zealand general election

 1969 25 November 1972 (1972-11-25) 1975 

All 87 seats in the New Zealand House of Representatives
44 seats were needed for a majority
Turnout1,340,168 (88.94%)
  First party Second party
 
Leader Norman Kirk Jack Marshall
Party Labour National
Leader since 9 December 1965 7 February 1972
Leader's seat Sydenham Karori
Last election 39 seats, 44.2% 45 seats, 45.2%
Seats won 55 32
Seat change 16 13
Popular vote 677,669 581,422
Percentage 48.4% 41.5%
Swing 4.2% 3.7%

Results of the election.

Prime Minister before election

Jack Marshall
National

Elected Prime Minister

Norman Kirk
Labour