Leader of the House (New Zealand)

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Leader of the House
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Incumbent
Chris Hipkins

since 26 October 2017
Appointer Governor-General of New Zealand
Term length At Her Majesty's pleasure
Inaugural holder David Thomson
Formation 13 December 1978

In the New Zealand Parliament, the Leader of the House is the government minister appointed by the Prime Minister of New Zealand to be responsible for the management of government business in the House of Representatives. The Leader of the House is also an ex officio member of the Parliamentary Service Commission.

History and functions[edit]

The first Leader of the House was appointed in 1978, although similar offices had existed in Australia since 1951 and the United Kingdom for several centuries. The responsibilities of the Leader of the House were previously functions exercised by the Prime Minister.[1]

The Leader of the House serves three main functions:[2]

  • Moving motions for the Government that relate to House and committee procedure
  • Determining the order of Government business in the House
  • The primary responsibility for the Government’s lawmaking programme

List of Leaders of the House[edit]

The following individuals have been appointed as Leader of the New Zealand House of Representatives:

Party key National
Labour
No. Name Portrait Term of Office Prime Minister
1 David Thomson David Spence Thomson.jpg 13 December 1978 26 July 1984 Muldoon
2 Geoffrey Palmer Geoffrey Palmer.jpg 26 July 1984 24 August 1987 Lange
3 Jonathan Hunt Jonathan Hunt.jpg 24 August 1987 2 November 1990
Palmer
Moore
4 Paul East No image.png 2 November 1990 27 March 1993 Bolger
5 Don McKinnon Don McKinnon (cropped).jpg 27 March 1993 16 December 1996
6 Wyatt Creech Wyatt Creech.jpg 16 December 1996 31 August 1998
Shipley
7 Roger Sowry Roger Sowry.jpg 31 August 1998 10 December 1999
8 Michael Cullen Michael Cullen, 2008.jpg 10 December 1999 3 October 2008 Clark
9 Gerry Brownlee Gerry Brownlee 2014-11-24.jpg 3 October 2008 2 May 2017 Key
English
10 Simon Bridges Simon-Bridges-Free-Crop.jpg 2 May 2017 26 October 2017
11 Chris Hipkins Chris Hipkins 2.jpg 26 October 2017 Incumbent Ardern

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ G.A. Wood, ed. (1996). Ministers and Members in the New Zealand Parliament (2nd ed.). Dunedin: University of Otago Press. p. 62. 
  2. ^ "People in Parliament". New Zealand House of Representatives. Retrieved 13 July 2017.