joseph ward

Personal details

Full Name:

  • Joseph George Ward


  • 26 Apr 18568 Jul 1930

Prime Minister:

6 Aug 1906–12 Mar 1912; 10 Dec 1928–28 May 1930

Age on becoming PM:



Awarua (1906-12); Invercargill (1928-30)

Political Party:

Liberal; United


Sir Joseph Ward, New Zealand’s political Lazarus, led governments nearly a quarter of a century apart.

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Events In History


Dominion status

  • Dominion status

    On 26 September 1907 the colony of New Zealand ceased to exist. It became, instead, a dominion within the British Empire.

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  • Page 2 – Becoming a dominion

    New Zealand had its own reasons for wanting to become a dominion. Premier Sir Joseph Ward hoped the term ‘dominion’ would remind the world that New Zealand was not

Housing the Prime Minister

  • Housing the Prime Minister

    Almost 150 years after the government purchased the first official premier's residence on Tinakori Road, Wellington, the address of Premier House remains the same. But in the intervening years the building has been extended, renamed, abandoned and refurbished.

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  • Page 2 - The first premier houseOur first premiers had to find their own digs. That changed in 1865, when the government bought the premier a simple 22-year-old wooden cottage in Thorndon’s Tinakori

The 1920s

  • The 1920s

    The 1920s was the decade that modern New Zealand came of age. Despite political and economic uncertainty, the country shrugged off the gloom of war to embrace the Jazz Age - an era of speed, power and glamour. Explore an overview of the decade and a year-by-year breakdown of key events.

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  • Page 11 - 1928 - key eventsA selection of key New Zealand events from