List of New Zealand Prime Ministers by term

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The following is a list of Prime Ministers of New Zealand ranked by their total term in office (multiple terms are added together to give the total term in office).

List of New Zealand Prime Ministers by term[edit]

Rank Name Party Term(s)
1 Richard Seddon Liberal 13 years, 44 days
2 William Massey Reform 12 years, 304 days
3 Keith Holyoake National 11 years, 140 days[1]
4 Peter Fraser Labour 9 years, 261 days
5 Helen Clark Labour 8 years, 350 days
6 Edward Stafford None 8 years, 326 days[2]
7 Robert Muldoon National 8 years, 227 days
8 Sidney Holland National 7 years, 281 days
9 Joseph Ward Liberal 7 years, 38 days[3]
United
10 Jim Bolger National 7 years, 36 days
11 John Key (incumbent) National 6 years, 70 days[4]
12 George Forbes United 5 years, 192 days
13 Harry Atkinson None 5 years, 116 days[5]
14 David Lange Labour 5 years, 13 days
15 William Fox None 4 years, 148 days[6]
16 Michael Joseph Savage Labour 4 years, 112 days
17 Gordon Coates Reform 3 years, 194 days
18 Robert Stout None 3 years, 47 days[7]
19 Walter Nash Labour 3 years, 0 days
20 Julius Vogel None 2 years, 288 days[8]
21 John Hall None 2 years, 195 days
22 Frederick Whitaker None 2 years, 182 days[9]
23 John Ballance Liberal 2 years, 93 days
24 Jenny Shipley National 1 year, 362 days
25 George Grey None 1 year, 360 days
26 Norman Kirk Labour 1 year, 266 days
27 Bill Rowling Labour 1 year, 97 days
28 Alfred Domett None 1 year, 85 days
29 Geoffrey Palmer Labour 1 year, 27 days
30 Frederick Weld None 326 days
31 Jack Marshall National 305 days
32 Daniel Pollen None 224 days
33 George Waterhouse None 143 days
34 Thomas Mackenzie Liberal 104 days
35 Mike Moore Labour 59 days
36 William Hall-Jones Liberal 57 days
37 Francis Bell Reform 16 days
38 Henry Sewell None 13 days

† - Died in office.

Note: Some lists consider Hugh Watt as a New Zealand Prime Minister. Watt served as acting Prime Minister for seven days from 31 August to 6 September 1972 following the death of Norman Kirk. He is not normally counted in the official numbering of New Zealand Prime Ministers.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Served 2 terms - 20 September 1957 - 12 December 1957: 83 days and 12 December 1960 - 7 February 1972: 11 years, 57 days
  2. ^ Served 3 terms: 2 June 1856 - 12 July 1861 (5 years, 40 days), 16 October 1865 - 28 June 1869 (3 years, 255 days), 10 September 1872 - 11 October 1872 (31 days)
  3. ^ Served 2 terms: 6 August 1906 - 28 March 1912 (5 years, 235 days) and 10 December 1928 - 28 May 1930 (1 year, 169 days); Ward holds the record for the longest time between two premierships at 16 years, 257 days
  4. ^ As of 28 January 2015
  5. ^ Served 4 terms: 1 September 1876 - 13 October 1877 (1 year, 42 days), 25 September 1883 - 16 August 1884 (326 days), 28 August 1884 - 3 September 1884 (6 days), 8 October 1887 - 24 January 1891 (3 years, 108 days)
  6. ^ Served 4 terms: 20 May 1856 - 2 June 1856 (Thirteen days), 12 July 1861 - 6 August 1862 (1 year, 25 days), 28 June 1869 - 10 September 1872 (3 years, 74 days), and 3 March 1873 - 8 April 1873 (36 days)
  7. ^ Served 2 terms: 16 August 1884 - 28 August 1884 (12 days) and 3 September 1884 - 8 October 1887 (3 years, 1 month, 5 days)
  8. ^ Served 2 terms: 8 April 1873 - 6 July 1875 (2 years, 89 days), 15 February 1876 - 1 September 1876 (199 days)
  9. ^ Served 2 terms: 30 October 1863 – 24 November 1864 (1 year, 25 days), 21 April 1882 - 25 September 1883 (1 year, 157 days)