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Premiers, Prime Ministers and Politicians of New Zealand

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  • Christine Elizabeth Fletcher
    Christine Elizabeth Fletcher QSO (née Lees, born 25 January 1955) is a New Zealand politician. Currently an Auckland Council councillor, she was previously a National Party Member of Parliament from 19...
  • Sian Elias
    Dame Sian Seerpoohi Elias GNZM PC QC (born 13 March 1949) is the 12th and current Chief Justice of New Zealand,[2] and is therefore the most senior member of the country's judiciary. She is the presidi...
  • James Bodell (1831 - 1892)
    James Bodell (c. 1831 – 23 September 1892) was a New Zealand soldier, businessman, local politician and writer. He was born in Arnold, Nottinghamshire, England and was Mayor of Tauranga between 1888 an...
  • Victor James (Vic) Crimp (1919 - 1990)
    former Green Island mayor. Killed in Aramoana shooting spree.
  • Gareth Huw Morgan
    Gareth Huw Morgan (born 17 February 1953) is a New Zealand businessman, economist, investment manager, philanthropist, political figure and public commentator. )

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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