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Labour is Aotearoa's oldest political party and this month marks its centenary. Jim McAloon is an associate professor in history at Victoria University and has been a member of the Labour party for 25 years. Along with Peter Franks, he has chronicled the party's bumpy history in Labour: The New Zealand Labour Party 1916-2016. The book covers the party from its beginnings in the trade union movement, its rise to power in the 1930s and the reforms of Michael Joseph Savage, to the Kirk and Rowling years of the 70s, the upheaval of the Lange government in the 80s, through to long-serving leader Helen Clark in the 90s and into the present day.