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Premiers, Prime Ministers and Politicians of New Zealand

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  • John Davies Wilder Ormond (1905 - 1995)
    Sir John Davies Wilder Ormond BEM (8 September 1905 – 8 March 1995) was a New Zealand businessman and farmer. )
  • Sir Michael Fowler
    Sir Edward Michael Coulson Fowler (born 19 December 1929) is a New Zealand architect and author who served as Mayor of Wellington from 1974 to 1983.
  • Joseph Ward (1817 - 1892)
    Joseph Ward (1817 – 12 November 1892) was a 19th-century member of parliament from Marlborough, New Zealand. )
  • Henry Redwood (1823 - 1907)
    Henry Redwood (24 January 1823 – 9 November 1907) was a New Zealand farmer, politician and racehorse breeder. He was born in Tixall, Staffordshire, England in 1823. He was a brother of Francis Redwood,...
  • John Kirk
    Norman John Kirk, generally called John Kirk, (born 27 June 1947), is a former New Zealand Member of Parliament for Sydenham, in the South Island. )

From Henry Sewell in 1856 to Bill English in 2016, New Zealand has had 39 premiers and prime ministers. In the 19th century these political Cabinet-makers were usually known as ‘premiers’. But since 1906, beginning with William Hall-Jones, all our leaders have been sworn in as ‘prime minister’.

Picture: Michael Joseph Savage the first Labour Prime Minister of New Zealand. He was given the title New Zealander of the Century by The New Zealand Herald in 1999.

Premiers and prime ministers who have held office in New Zealand


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