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Events In History

13 August 2005

David Lange was New Zealand's youngest prime minister of the 20th century. Renowned for his sharp wit and oratory, he led the fourth Labour government from 1984 until 1989.

31 August 1974

Leader of the Labour Party since 1965 and prime minister since late 1972, 'Big Norm' died suddenly at the age of 51. He was the fifth New Zealand PM to die in office.

26 November 1960

Keith Holyoake led the National Party to victory over Walter Nash’s Labour government. He went on to become New Zealand’s third longest-serving prime minister, behind Richard Seddon and William Massey.

1 May 1893

Richard John Seddon became premier following the death of John Ballance. Immortalised as ‘King Dick’, Seddon was to dominate the New Zealand political landscape for the next 13 years. He remains this country’s longest-serving premier or prime minister.

7 May 1856

Sewell held the position for just 14 days before being replaced by his provincialist rival William Fox, whose ministry lasted just over a week.

Articles

Premiers and Prime Ministers

From Henry Sewell in 1856 to Chris Hipkins in 2023, New Zealand has had 41 prime ministers and premiers. Read biographies of the men and women who have held the top job, discover more about the role's political origins, and explore fascinating prime ministerial facts and trivia. Read the full article

Page 1 - Premiers and Prime Ministers

From Henry Sewell in 1856 to Chris Hipkins in 2023, New Zealand has had 41 prime ministers and premiers. Read biographies of the men and women who have held the top job, discover

Page 2 - Political origins

Overview of the influence of the British political system in New Zealand and our move toward self-government in the 19th

Page 3 - Biographies

A list of New Zealand Premiers and Prime Ministers from 1856 to the

Page 4 - Prime ministerial trivia

Trivia about New Zealand's premiers and prime

Page 5 - Further information

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. Read the full article

Page 1 - Housing NZ's prime ministers

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

Page 2 - The first premier house

Our 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

Page 3 - Unofficial prime ministerial houses

From 1935 to 1975 our prime ministers lived in a series of 'unofficial'

Page 4 - Vogel House and Premier House

Since 1975 the official prime minister's residence has been at Vogel House and, since 1990, Premier