New Zealand, Prime Ministers

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What are the responsibilities of the role?

The Prime Minister of New Zealand is the head of government of New Zealand, and the leader of the Cabinet of New Zealand, with various powers and responsibilities defined by convention. Officially, the prime minister is appointed by the Governor-General of New Zealand, but by convention, the prime minister must have the confidence of the elected New Zealand House of Representatives. The prime minister is always a member of parliament, and is usually the leader of the largest political party in the House.

Who and When?

This list includes individuals who held the titles of colonial secretary and premier, the direct predecessors to the modern office. The title of the office was formally changed to "premier" in 1869, and then to "prime minister" in 1907 when New Zealand was granted the dominion status in the British Empire. Thirty-nine individuals have so far held the premiership, not including Hugh Watt, who was briefly the acting Prime Minister in 1974. Henry Sewell is regarded as New Zealand's first premier. Nine prime ministers have held the position more than one discrete term in office. The longest single term in office was that of Richard Seddon, who held the position for thirteen years between 1893 and 1906. The incumbent Prime Minister is Jacinda Ardern who assumed office on 26 October 2017. [1]

The next election in New Zealand should be during the September of 2020

Colonial Secretaries (1856–1869)

Name Box Status
Henry SewellCreatedConnected
William Fox Created Connected
Edward Stafford CreatedConnected
Alfred Domett Created Connected
Frederick Whitaker CreatedConnected
Frederick Weld Created Connected

Premiers (1869–1907)

Name Box Status
George Waterhouse Created Connected
Julius Vogel Created Connected
Daniel Pollen Created Connected
Harry Atkinson CreatedConnected
George Grey CreatedConnected
John Hall CreatedConnected
Robert Stout CreatedConnected
John Ballance CreatedConnected
Richard Seddon CreatedConnected
William Hall-Jones Created Connected

Prime Ministers (1907–present)

Name Box Status
Joseph Ward CreatedConnected
George William Forbes CreatedConnected
Thomas Mackenzie Created Connected
William Massey CreatedConnected
Francis Bell CreatedConnected
Joseph CoatesCreatedConnected
Michael Joseph Savage CreatedConnected
Peter Fraser Created Connected
Sidney Holland createdConnected
Keith Holyoake createdConnected
Walter Nash Created Not connected
Jack Marshall Created Connected
Norman Kirk CreatedConnected
Bill Rowling Created Connected
Robert Muldoon CreatedConnected
David Lange Created Connected
Geoffrey Palmer Created Connected
Mike Moore Created Connected
Jim Bolger Created Connected
Jenny Shipley Created Connected
Helen Clark Created Not connected
John Key Created Connected
Bill English Created Not connected
Jacinda ArdernCreatedConnected


  1. Wikipedia:List_of_Prime_Ministers_of_New_Zealand

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