The New Zealand Cartoon Archive

The New Zealand Cartoon Archive was launched in 1992 and is situated in the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library, Wellington.

There are over 50,000 cartoons—originals and copies—in the New Zealand Cartoon Archive collection. More than 60 cartoonists are represented, and the archive continues to grow with new digital images added every week.

December’s Memorable Cartoon

Cartoon: Ladies first!

Unlike the quick, friendly handover of Labour Party leadership from Andrew Little and Jacinda Ardern on 1 August 2017, the deposing of Arnold Nordmeyer in December 1965 was altogether another matter. Nordmeyer, a prominent minister in both previous Labour administrations, was unopposed in early 1963 when the 80 year-old Walter Nash retired. But his lack of vote-catching appeal made him a stop-gap leader. Norman Kirk, the 20-stone party president, lost the deputy’s post to Hugh Watt but his support built steadily and he easily defeated a disbelieving Nordmeyer in a caucus vote in late 1965.

Gordon Minhinnick, NZ Herald, December 1965. ATL: A-311-1-037

View this cartoon on the National Library of New Zealand website.