Location: New Zealand
Surnames/tags: New_Zealand_Politicians New_Zealand
This project is part of the New Zealand Project.
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. 
The next election in New Zealand should be during the September of 2020
Colonial Secretaries (1856–1869)
Prime Ministers (1907–present)
|George William Forbes||Created||Connected|
|Michael Joseph Savage||Created||Connected|
|Walter Nash||Created||Not connected|
|Helen Clark||Created||Not connected|
|Bill English||Created||Not connected|