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Top 10 Prime Ministers of New Zealand

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If you are interested in New Zealand's politics, here are some of the most successful prime ministers, and those for whom it has not always been a success.

Political life is very exciting, whether in the United States or New Zealand. This Oceania country, like any other region in the world, has an extremely interesting parliamentary political system, especially since the 1990s when a reform led to the creation of a coalition government. Of course, the prime ministers of this country also deserve our attention, some for good reasons and some for less good reasons. If you would like to learn more about New Zealand’s prime ministers, here is an article in which you will find a list of some of the most prominent political figures in recent decades. We have ranked them from the worst to the best statesman.

1 William Fox

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William Fox was born in England in 1812 and died in New Zealand in 1893. He was been Prime Minister of New Zealand a few times, albeit very briefly. The politician is most infamous for having taken three million acres of land from the Maori and for having strongly encouraged prohibition…


2 Walter Nash

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Walter Nash, also born in England, was Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1957 to 1960, although his political career began in 1911. He resigned from his position at the age of 78. Nash will be remembered especially for his famous “Black Budget” which imposed taxes on gasoline, cigarettes and beer.


3 Geoffrey Palmer

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Geoffrey Palmer was a politician, but also a law professor. However, his political career was short-lived. Indeed, he was in power for only one year. It took long enough, however, for Palmer to tell journalists that New Zealand was “irremediably rainy”. We are still wondering about this strange quote.


4 William Massey

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This Prime Minister, sometimes referred to as “Bill the Farmer”, was the founder of the (Conservative) Reform Party. He was a fervent defender of the rural world and adhered, in several respects, to supremacism.


5 Francis Bell

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Elected in 1925, Francis Bell’s political life was also short-lived. In fact, the man was prime minister for exactly 16 days.


6 Thomas Mackenzie

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Thomas Mackenzie is much more worth mentioning than his predecessors. The man who was prime minister in 1912 is particularly famous for having transformed Fiordland into a national park. This nature lover has also played a major role in the fight to protect seals and birds in New Zealand.


7 Henry Sewell

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This Prime Minister was in power in 1856. He resigned from his position to express his disagreement when Maori lands were confiscated. He also advocated the idea of self-government. In short, Sewell was very avant-garde for his time.


8 Daniel Pollen

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Daniel Pollen was also very avant-garde for his time. He was a conservative who defended women and Maori, which was very rare in the 19th century. Unfortunately, not much is known about its history.


9 Keith Holyoake

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Keith Holyoake was in power in 1957 and from 1960 to 1972. This statesman, who was inspired by populism, fought against apartheid in addition to defending anti-nuclear policy in his country.  So it is not without reason that New Zealanders loved him!


10 Michael Joseph Savage

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Michael Joseph Savage, who was in power in New Zealand from 1935 to 1940, undoubtedly stood out from several prime ministers. This statesman, who was a remarkable speaker, is known to have greatly improved the standard of living of his fellow citizens. Michael Joseph Savage was involved in the founding of New Zealand’s first Labour government and obviously got it elected. He was highly appreciated by New Zealanders, so much so that 50,000 people were grieving in front of his coffin when he died.

 

New Zealand, like many other countries, has been marked by outstanding prime ministers such as Michael Joseph Savage and other somewhat less impressive statesmen. However, this country has evolved in a particularly interesting way over the years and its political history is very exciting!


Cover photo: https://nzhistory.govt.nz/media/photo/geoffrey-palmer


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