List of Prime Ministers of New Zealand by age

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This is a list of Prime Ministers of New Zealand by age, including when they were born, what age they were when they were appointed Prime Minister, what age they were when they left the office and the age at which they died, or their current age as of 10 December 2017 if they are still alive. The table can be sorted by each different category.

The date of appointment as Prime Minister is the date on which they were sworn in by the Governor-General for their first term. The day on which they departed office is the final day of their final term. This is either the day a new Prime Minister was appointed or their date of death if they died whilst in office.

Overview[edit]

The oldest living Prime Minister is Jim Bolger, born 31 May 1935 (aged 82 years, 193 days). The youngest living former Prime Minister is Bill English, born 30 December 1961 (aged 55 years, 345 days). The youngest living Prime Minister is the incumbent, Jacinda Ardern, born 26 July 1980 (aged 37 years, 137 days).

The longest-lived Prime Minister was George Grey, who lived to 86 years, 158 days. Current oldest-living Prime Minister Jim Bolger will tie Grey if he lives to 6 November 2021. The shortest-lived Prime Minister was Norman Kirk, who died in office at the age of 51 years, 237 days.

The prime minister with the longest retirement is Robert Stout. He left office on 8 October 1887, and died 42 years, and 284 days later on 19 July 1930. The prime minister with the shortest retirement is Joseph Ward, who died on 8 July 1930, 41 days after he left office on 28 May 1930.

#
Prime Minister
Date of birth
Start date of
(first) term
Age at beginning of
(first) term
End date of
(final) term
Age at leaving office Total time
in office
Length of retirement Date of death
Lifespan
1 Sewell, HenryHenry Sewell 1807-09-07(1807-09-07)7 September 1807 7 May 1856 (1856-05-07) 48-24348 years, 243 days 20 May 1856 (1856-05-20) 48 years, 256 days 00,01313 days 22 years, 359 days 1879-05-14(1879-05-14)14 May 1879 26,182 days (71 years, 249 days)
2 Fox, WilliamWilliam Fox 1812-09-02(1812-09-02)2 September 1812 20 May 1856 (1856-05-20) 44-00043 years, 261 days 8 April 1873 (1873-04-08) 60 years, 218 days 01,6091,609 days 20 years, 76 days 1893-06-23(1893-06-23)23 June 1893 29,514 days (80 years, 294 days)
3 Stafford, EdwardEdward Stafford 1819-04-23(1819-04-23)23 April 1819 2 June 1856 (1856-06-02) 37-04037 years, 40 days 11 October 1872 (1872-10-11) 53 years, 171 days 03,2483,248 days 28 years, 126 days 1901-02-14(1901-02-14)14 February 1901 29,882 days (81 years, 297 days)
4 Domett, AlfredAlfred Domett 1811-05-20(1811-05-20)20 May 1811 6 August 1862 (1862-08-06) 51-07851 years, 78 days 30 October 1863 (1863-10-30) 52 years, 163 days 00,450450 days 24 years, 3 days 1887-11-02(1887-11-02)2 November 1887 27,925 days (76 years, 166 days)
5 Whitaker, FrederickFrederick Whitaker 1812-04-23(1812-04-23)23 April 1812 30 October 1863 (1863-10-30) 51-19051 years, 190 days 25 September 1883 (1883-09-25) 71 years, 155 days 00,913913 days 8 years, 70 days 1891-12-04(1891-12-04)4 December 1891 29,079 days (79 years, 225 days)
6 Weld, FrederickFrederick Weld 1823-05-09(1823-05-09)9 May 1823 24 November 1864 (1864-11-24) 41-19941 years, 199 days 16 October 1865 (1865-10-16) 42 years, 160 days 00,326326 days 25 years, 277 days 1891-07-20(1891-07-20)20 July 1891 24,909 days (68 years, 72 days)
7 Waterhouse, GeorgeGeorge Waterhouse 1824-04-06(1824-04-06)6 April 1824 11 October 1872 (1872-10-11) 48-18848 years, 188 days 3 March 1873 (1873-03-03) 48 years, 331 days 00,143143 days 33 years, 156 days 1906-08-06(1906-08-06)6 August 1906 30,071 days (82 years, 122 days)
8 Vogel, JuliusJulius Vogel 1835-02-24(1835-02-24)24 February 1835 8 April 1873 (1873-04-08) 38-04338 years, 43 days 1 September 1876 (1876-09-01) 41 years, 190 days 01,0181,018 days 22 years, 192 days 1899-03-12(1899-03-12)12 March 1899 23,392 days (64 years, 16 days)
9 Pollen, DanielDaniel Pollen 1813-06-02(1813-06-02)2 June 1813 6 July 1875 (1875-07-06) 62-03462 years, 34 days 15 February 1876 (1876-02-15) 62 years, 258 days 00,224224 days 20 years, 93 days 1896-05-18(1896-05-18)18 May 1896 30,301 days (82 years, 351 days)
10 Atkinson, HarryHarry Atkinson 1831-11-01(1831-11-01)1 November 1831 1 September 1876 (1876-09-01) 44-30544 years, 305 days 24 January 1891 (1891-01-24) 59 years, 84 days 01,9431,943 days 1 year, 156 days 1892-06-28(1892-06-28)28 June 1892 22,155 days (60 years, 240 days)
11 Grey, GeorgeGeorge Grey 1812-04-14(1812-04-14)14 April 1812 13 October 1877 (1877-10-13) 65-18265 years, 182 days 8 October 1879 (1879-10-08) 67 years, 177 days 00,725725 days 18 years, 346 days 1898-09-19(1898-09-19)19 September 1898 31,569 days (86 years, 158 days)
12 Hall, JohnJohn Hall 1824-12-18(1824-12-18)18 December 1824 8 October 1879 (1879-10-08) 54-29454 years, 294 days 21 April 1882 (1882-04-21) 57 years, 124 days 00,926926 days 25 years, 65 days 1907-06-25(1907-06-25)25 June 1907 30,138 days (82 years, 189 days)
13 Stout, RobertRobert Stout 1844-09-28(1844-09-28)28 September 1844 16 August 1884 (1884-08-16) 39-32339 years, 323 days 8 October 1887 (1887-10-08) 43 years, 10 days 01,1421,142 days 42 years, 284 days 1930-07-19(1930-07-19)19 July 1930 31,339 days (85 years, 294 days)
14 Ballance, JohnJohn Ballance 1839-03-27(1839-03-27)27 March 1839 24 January 1891 (1891-01-24) 51-30351 years, 303 days 27 April 1893 (1893-04-27)[1] N/A N/A 00,824824 days N/A N/A 1893-04-27(1893-04-27)27 April 1893 19,755 days (54 years, 31 days)
15 Seddon, RichardRichard Seddon 1845-06-22(1845-06-22)22 June 1845 27 April 1893 (1893-04-27) 47-30947 years, 309 days 10 June 1906 (1906-06-10)[1] N/A N/A 04,7914,791 days N/A N/A 1906-06-10(1906-06-10)10 June 1906 22,267 days (60 years, 353 days)
16 Hall-Jones, WilliamWilliam Hall-Jones 1851-01-16(1851-01-16)16 January 1851 10 June 1906 (1906-06-10) 55-14555 years, 145 days 6 August 1906 (1906-08-06) 55 years, 202 days 00,05757 days 29 years, 318 days 1936-06-19(1936-06-19)19 June 1936 31,200 days (85 years, 155 days)
17 Ward, JosephJoseph Ward 1856-04-26(1856-04-26)26 April 1856 6 August 1906 (1906-08-06) 50-10250 years, 102 days 28 May 1930 (1930-05-28) 74 years, 32 days 02,5952,595 days 41 days 1930-07-08(1930-07-08)8 July 1930 27,100 days (74 years, 73 days)
18 Mackenzie, ThomasThomas Mackenzie 1853-03-10(1853-03-10)10 March 1853 28 March 1912 (1912-03-28) 58-01859 years, 18 days 10 July 1912 (1912-07-10) 59 years, 122 days 00,104104 days 17 years, 219 days 1930-02-14(1930-02-14)14 February 1930 28,099 days (76 years, 341 days)
19 Massey, WilliamWilliam Massey 1856-03-26(1856-03-26)26 March 1856 10 July 1912 (1912-07-10) 56-10656 years, 106 days 10 May 1925 (1925-05-10)[1] N/A N/A 04,6874,687 days N/A N/A 1925-05-10(1925-05-10)10 May 1925 25,246 days (69 years, 45 days)
20 Bell, FrancisFrancis Bell 1851-03-31(1851-03-31)31 March 1851 10 May 1925 (1925-05-10) 74-04074 years, 40 days 30 May 1925 (1925-05-30) 74 years, 60 days 00,02020 days 10 years, 288 days 1936-03-13(1936-03-13)13 March 1936 31,028 days (84 years, 348 days)
21 Coates, GordonGordon Coates 1878-02-03(1878-02-03)3 February 1878 30 May 1925 (1925-05-30) 47-11647 years, 116 days 10 December 1928 (1928-12-10) 50 years, 311 days 01,2901,290 days 14 years, 168 days 1943-05-27(1943-05-27)27 May 1943 23,853 days (65 years, 113 days)
22 Forbes, GeorgeGeorge Forbes 1869-03-12(1869-03-12)12 March 1869 28 May 1930 (1930-05-28) 61-07761 years, 77 days 6 December 1935 (1935-12-06) 66 years, 269 days 02,0182,018 days 11 years, 162 days 1947-05-17(1947-05-17)17 May 1947 28,554 days (78 years, 66 days)
23 Savage, Michael JosephMichael Joseph Savage 1872-03-23(1872-03-23)23 March 1872 6 December 1935 (1935-12-06) 63-25863 years, 258 days 27 March 1940 (1940-03-27)[1] N/AN/A 01,5731,573 days N/AN/A 1940-03-27(1940-03-27)27 March 1940 24,840 days (68 years, 4 days)
24 Fraser, PeterPeter Fraser 1884-08-28(1884-08-28)28 August 1884 27 March 1940 (1940-03-27) 55-21255 years, 212 days 13 December 1949 (1949-12-13) 65 years, 107 days 03,5483,548 days 364 days 1950-12-12(1950-12-12)12 December 1950 24,211 days (66 years, 106 days)
25 Holland, SidneySidney Holland 1893-10-18(1893-10-18)18 October 1893 13 December 1949 (1949-12-13) 56-05656 years, 56 days 20 September 1957 (1957-09-20) 63 years, 337 days 02,8382,838 days 3 years, 319 days 1961-08-05(1961-08-05)5 August 1961 24,762 days (67 years, 291 days)
26 Holyoake, KeithKeith Holyoake 1904-02-11(1904-02-11)11 February 1904 20 September 1957 (1957-09-20) 53-22153 years, 221 days 7 February 1972 (1972-02-07) 67 years, 361 days 04,1574,157 days 11 years, 304 days 1983-12-08(1983-12-08)8 December 1983 29,155 days (79 years, 300 days)
27 Nash, WalterWalter Nash 1882-02-12(1882-02-12)12 February 1882 12 December 1957 (1957-12-12) 75-30375 years, 303 days 12 December 1960 (1960-12-12) 78 years, 304 days 01,0961,096 days 7 years, 175 days 1968-06-04(1968-06-04)4 June 1968 31,523 days (86 years, 113 days)
28 Marshall, JackJack Marshall 1912-03-05(1912-03-05)5 March 1912 7 February 1972 (1972-02-07) 59-33959 years, 339 days 8 December 1972 (1972-12-08) 60 years, 278 days 00,305305 days 15 years, 266 days 1988-08-30(1988-08-30)30 August 1988 27,937 days (76 years, 178 days)
29 Kirk, NormanNorman Kirk 1923-01-06(1923-01-06)6 January 1923 8 December 1972 (1972-12-08) 49-33749 years, 337 days 31 August 1974 (1974-08-31)[1] N/AN/A 00,631631 days N/AN/A 1974-08-31(1974-08-31)31 August 1974 18,865 days (51 years, 237 days)
30 Rowling, BillBill Rowling 1927-11-15(1927-11-15)15 November 1927 6 September 1974 (1974-09-06) 46-29546 years, 295 days 12 December 1975 (1975-12-12) 48 years, 27 days 00,462462 days 19 years, 323 days 1995-10-31(1995-10-31)31 October 1995 24,822 days (67 years, 350 days)
31 Muldoon, RobertRobert Muldoon 1921-09-25(1921-09-25)25 September 1921 12 December 1975 (1975-12-12) 54-07854 years, 78 days 26 July 1984 (1984-07-26) 62 years, 305 days 03,1493,149 days 8 years, 10 days 1992-08-05(1992-08-05)5 August 1992 25,882 days (70 years, 315 days)
32 Lange, DavidDavid Lange 1942-08-04(1942-08-04)4 August 1942 26 July 1984 (1984-07-26) 41-35741 years, 357 days 8 August 1989 (1989-08-08) 47 years, 4 days 01,8391,839 days 16 years, 5 days 2005-08-13(2005-08-13)13 August 2005 23,020 days (63 years, 9 days)
33 Palmer, GeoffreyGeoffrey Palmer 1942-04-21(1942-04-21)21 April 1942 8 August 1989 (1989-08-08) 47-10947 years, 109 days 4 September 1990 (1990-09-04) 48 years, 136 days 00,392392 days 27 years, 97 days 2017-12-10 27,627 days (75 years, 233 days)
34 Moore, MikeMike Moore 1949-01-28(1949-01-28)28 January 1949 4 September 1990 (1990-09-04) 41-21941 years, 219 days 2 November 1990 (1990-11-02) 41 years, 278 days 00,05959 days 27 years, 38 days 2017-12-10 25,153 days (68 years, 316 days)
35 Bolger, JimJim Bolger 1935-05-31(1935-05-31)31 May 1935 2 November 1990 (1990-11-02) 55-15555 years, 155 days 8 December 1997 (1997-12-08) 62 years, 191 days 02,5932,593 days 20 years, 2 days 2017-12-10 30,144 days (82 years, 193 days)
36 Shipley, JennyJenny Shipley 1952-02-04(1952-02-04)4 February 1952 8 December 1997 (1997-12-08) 45-30745 years, 307 days 5 December 1999 (1999-12-05) 47 years, 304 days 00,727727 days 18 years, 5 days 2017-12-10 24,051 days (65 years, 309 days)
37 Clark, HelenHelen Clark 1950-02-26(1950-02-26)26 February 1950 5 December 1999 (1999-12-05) 49-28249 years, 282 days 19 November 2008 (2008-11-19) 58 years, 267 days 03,2723,272 days 9 years, 21 days 2017-12-10 24,759 days (67 years, 287 days)
38 Key, JohnJohn Key 1961-08-09(1961-08-09)9 August 1961 19 November 2008 (2008-11-19) 47-10247 years, 102 days 12 December 2016 (2016-12-12) 55 years, 125 days 02,9452,945 days 363 days 2017-12-10 20,577 days (56 years, 123 days)
39 English, BillBill English 1961-12-30(1961-12-30)30 December 1961 12 December 2016 (2016-12-12) 54-34754 years, 348 days 26 October 2017 (2017-10-26) 55 years, 300 days 363363 days 45 days 2017-12-10 20,434 days (55 years, 345 days)
40 Ardern, JacindaJacinda Ardern 1980-07-26(1980-07-26)26 July 1980 26 October 2017 (2017-10-26) 37-09237 years, 92 days Incumbent Incumbent 4545 days Incumbent 2017-12-10 13,651 days (37 years, 137 days)
# Prime Minister Date of birth Start date of
(first) term
Age at beginning of
(first) term
End date of
final term
Age at leaving office Total time
in office
Length of retirement Date of death Lifespan

Records[edit]

The three youngest people when they first became prime minister were:

The three oldest people when they first became prime minister were:

The three oldest people to last leave the office of prime minister were:

The three youngest people to last leave the office of prime minister were:

Oldest living Prime Ministers of New Zealand[edit]

Not all prime ministers live to become the oldest of their time. Of the 32 deceased prime ministers, 15 eventually became the oldest of their time, while 17 did not (including all 5 prime ministers who died in office, and 12 others). Robert Stout became the oldest living prime minister when John Hall died in 1907 and remained so until his death in 1930, for a record 23 years and 24 days. Jim Bolger has held this distinction since Bill Rowling's death on 31 October 1995. If Bolger is still alive on 24 November 2018, he will surpass Stout's record, and become the oldest living prime minister for the longest period of time.

John Hall became the oldest living prime minister after the death of George Waterhouse, but he survived Waterhouse by only 323 days. On one occasion the oldest living prime minister lost this distinction not by his death, but due to the appointment of a prime minister who was older. Sidney Holland ceased to be the oldest living prime minister when Walter Nash was appointed.

John Hall was the oldest to acquire this distinction at the age of 81 years, and 231 days. Francis Bell, who was 84 years, and 348 days old when he died, was the oldest prime minister to die without ever acquiring this distinction. David Lange, who died on 13 August 2005 at 63 years, and 9 days old is the most recent prime minister to die without ever acquiring this distinction.

Prime Minister Became oldest living prime minister Ceased to be oldest living prime minister Age at start date Age at end date Duration (years, days)
Henry Sewell 7 May 1856 14 May 1879 48 years, 243 days 71 years, 249 days 23 years, 7 days
Alfred Domett 14 May 1879 2 November 1887 67 years, 359 days 76 years, 166 days 8 years, 172 days
George Grey 2 November 1887 19 September 1898 75 years, 202 days 86 years, 158 days 10 years, 321 days
Edward Stafford 19 September 1898 14 February 1901 79 years, 149 days 81 years, 297 days 2 years, 148 days
George Waterhouse 14 February 1901 6 August 1906 76 years, 314 days 82 years, 122 days 5 years, 173 days
John Hall 6 August 1906 25 June 1907 81 years, 231 days 82 years, 189 days 323 days
Robert Stout 25 June 1907 19 July 1930 62 years, 270 days 85 years, 294 days 23 years, 24 days
William Hall-Jones 19 July 1930 19 June 1936 79 years, 184 days 85 years, 155 days 5 years, 336 days
George Forbes 19 June 1936 17 May 1947 67 years, 99 days 78 years, 66 days 10 years, 332 days
Peter Fraser 17 May 1947 12 December 1950 62 years, 262 days 66 years, 106 days 3 years, 209 days
Sidney Holland 12 December 1950 12 December 1957 57 years, 55 days 64 years, 55 days 7 years, 0 days
Walter Nash 12 December 1957 4 June 1968 75 years, 303 days 86 years, 113 days 10 years, 175 days
Keith Holyoake 4 June 1968 8 December 1983 64 years, 114 days 79 years, 300 days 15 years, 187 days
Jack Marshall 8 December 1983 30 August 1988 71 years, 278 days 76 years, 178 days 4 years, 266 days
Robert Muldoon 30 August 1988 5 August 1992 66 years, 340 days 70 years, 315 days 3 years, 341 days
Bill Rowling 5 August 1992 31 October 1995 64 years, 264 days 67 years, 350 days 3 years, 87 days
Jim Bolger 31 October 1995 Current oldest living prime minister 60 years, 153 days Current oldest living prime minister 22 years, 40 days
Prime Minister Became oldest living prime minister Ceased to be oldest living prime minister Age at start date Age at end date Duration (years, days)

See also[edit]


Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Died in office on this date.