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Premiers, Prime Ministers and Politicians of New Zealand

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  • Shanan Kiritea Halbert
    Shanan Kiritea Halbert (born 1983) is a New Zealand politician and Member of Parliament in the House of Representatives for the Labour Party.
  • Damian Francis Light
    Damian Francis Light (born c. 1984) is a New Zealand politician who was the leader of the United Future party from August 2017 until the party's dissolution in November 2017. He became party leader fol...
  • Rana Donald Waitai
    Rana Donald Waitai (born 26 November 1942 in Wanganui, New Zealand) is a former New Zealand politician. He was a member of parliament from 1996 to 1999.
  • Sir William Stanley Goosman, KCMG (1890 - 1969)
    Sir William Stanley Goosman KCMG (2 July 1890 – 10 June 1969) was a New Zealand politician of the National Party. He was made a KCMG in 1965
  • Michael Hardie-Boys
    Sir Michael Hardie Boys GNZM GCMG QSO KStJ PC (born 6 October 1931) is a New Zealand jurist and was the country's 17th Governor-General, from 1996 to 2001.

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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