It has been dubbed the "schnapps" election and was one of the most dramatic and important moments in modern New Zealand politics.

Today marks 35 years since Sir Robert Muldoon announced the 1984 snap election, a political gamble that ended his role as one of New Zealand's most dominant prime ministers.

Prime Minister since 1975, Muldoon, late in the evening of Thursday, June 14, 1984, announced the election because he felt uncertain about National's majority in Parliament.

Prime Minister Rob Muldoon with Governor-General Sir David Beattie in June 1984 announcing the snap election. Photo / File
Prime Minister Rob Muldoon with Governor-General Sir David Beattie in June 1984 announcing the snap election. Photo / File

National MPs Marilyn Waring and Mike Minogue had crossed the floor to vote with the opposition Labour Party for Richard Prebble's Nuclear Free

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