There’s a historical pattern in New Zealand politics that has played out repeatedly. New governments tend mostly to leave their opponents’ initiatives in place and often build on them.
The 1935 Labour government’s epochal introduction of the welfare state was largely left intact by later centre-right National party administrations. Similarly, when Labour in the 1980s imposed a radical programme of economic deregulation, the National government that followed was happy to leave the new arrangements undisturbed.
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