1987 New Zealand general election

The 1987 New Zealand general election was a nationwide vote to determine the shape of the 42nd sitting of the New Zealand Parliament. The governing New Zealand Labour Party, led by Prime Minister David Lange, was re-elected for a second term, although the Opposition National Party made gains. The election also saw the elimination of the Democratic Party (formerly the Social Credit Party) from Parliament, leaving Labour and National as the only parties represented.

1987 New Zealand general election

 1984 15 August 1987 (1987-08-15) 1990 

All 97 seats in the New Zealand House of Representatives
49 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
 
Leader David Lange Jim Bolger
Party Labour National
Leader since 3 February 1983 26 March 1986
Leader's seat Mangere King Country
Last election 56 seats, 42.98% 37 seats, 35.89%
Seats before 55 38
Seats won 57 40
Seat change 2 2
Popular vote 878,448 806,305
Percentage 47.96% 44.02%
Swing 4.98% 8.13%

  Third party
 
Leader Neil Morrison
Party Democrats
Leader since 23 August 1986
Leader's seat Pakuranga (lost)
Last election 2 seats, 7.63%
Seats before 2
Seats won 0
Seat change 2
Popular vote 105,091
Percentage 5.74%
Swing 1.89%

Results of the election.

Prime Minister before election

David Lange
Labour

Subsequent Prime Minister

David Lange
Labour

It marked the first time that a Labour Government had been reelected to a second term since 1938 and the first to be reelected overall since 1946.