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SBS – The World News – celebration of David Lange

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Thousands of people have attended a memorial service and barbecue at an Auckland sports stadium to celebrate the life of former New Zealand prime minister David Lange. New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark said all people who had met him, even those who had crossed swords with him, acknowledged Lange was “an extraordinary man”.

Mr Lange has been lauded as the architect of New Zealand’s 20-year-old nuclear-free policy and a bold reformer who transformed the South Pacific nation’s economy.

“His vision saw our small country stand up for big ideas and values critical for the survival of humankind,” Prime Minister Clark told the audience of more than 2,000.

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