New Zealand’s Premiers and Prime Ministers

# PREM/PM NAME DATES IN OFFICE
* Premier James Fitzgerald  14 June–2 August 1854
* Premier Thomas Spencer Forsaith  31 August–2 September 1854
1 Premier Henry Sewell 7–20 May 1856
2 Premier William Fox 20 May–2 June 1856
3 Premier Edward Stafford 2 June 1856–12 July 1861
(2) Premier William Fox 12 July 1861–6 August 1862
4 Premier Alfred Domett 6 August 1862–30 October 1863
5 Premier Frederick Whitaker 30 October 1863–24 November 1864
6 Premier Frederick Weld 24 November 1864–16 October 1865
(3) Premier Edward Stafford 16 October 1865–28 June 1869
(2) Premier William Fox 28 June 1869–10 September 1872
(3) Premier Edward Stafford 10 September–11 October 1872
7 Premier George Waterhouse 11 October 1872–3 March 1873
(2) Premier William Fox 3 March–8 April 1873
8 Premier Julius Vogel 8 April 1873–6 July 1875
9 Premier Daniel Pollen 6 July 1875–15 February 1876
(8) Premier Julius Vogel 15 February–1 September 1876
10 Premier Harry Atkinson 1 September 1876–13 October 1877
11 Premier George Grey 13 October 1877–8 October 1879
12 Premier John Hall 8 October 1879–21 April 1882
(5) Premier Frederick Whitaker 21 April 1882–25 September 1883
(10) Premier Harry Atkinson 25 September 1883–16 August 1884
13 Premier Robert Stout 16–28 August 1884
(10) Premier Harry Atkinson 28 August–3 September 1884
(13) Premier Robert Stout 3 September 1884–8 October 1887
(10) Premier Harry Atkinson 8 October 1887–24 January 1891
14 Premier John Ballance 24 January 1891–27 April 1893
15 Premier Richard Seddon 1 May 1893–10 June 1906
16 Prime Minister William Hall-Jones 21 June–6 August 1906
17 Prime Minister Joseph Ward 6 August 1906–12 March 1912
18 Prime Minister Thomas Mackenzie 28 March–10 July 1912
19 Prime Minister William Massey 10 July 1912–10 May 1925
20 Prime Minister Francis Bell 14–30 May 1925
21 Prime Minister Gordon Coates 30 May 1925–10 December 1928
(17) Prime Minister Joseph Ward 10 December 1928–28 May 1930
22 Prime Minister George Forbes 28 May 1930–6 December 1935
23 Prime Minister Michael Joseph Savage 6 December 1935–27 March 1940
24 Prime Minister Peter Fraser 27 March 1940–13 December 1949
25 Prime Minister Sidney Holland 13 December 1949–20 September 1957
26 Prime Minister Keith Holyoake 20 September–12 December 1957
27 Prime Minister Walter Nash 12 December 1957–12 December 1960
(26) Prime Minister Keith Holyoake 12 December 1960–7 February 1972
28 Prime Minister John (Jack) Marshall 7 February–8 December 1972
29 Prime Minister Norman Kirk 8 December 1972–31 August 1974
30 Prime Minister Wallace (Bill) Rowling 6 September 1974–12 December 1975
31 Prime Minister Robert Muldoon 12 December 1975–26 July 1984
32 Prime Minister David Lange 26 July 1984–8 August 1989
33 Prime Minister Geoffrey Palmer 8 August 1989–4 September 1990
34 Prime Minister Michael Moore 4 September–2 November 1990
35 Prime Minister James (Jim) Bolger 28 February 1996–8 December 1997
36 Prime Minister Jennifer (Jenny) Shipley 8 December 1997–5 December 1999
37 Prime Minister Helen Clark 5 December 1999–19 November 2008
38 Prime Minister John Key 19 November 2008–12 December 2016
39 Prime Minister Bill English 12 December 2016–26 October 2017
40 Jacinda Ardern 26 October 2017–

* Note: Some historians believe Premiers James Fitzgerald and Thomas Spencer Forsaith to be the first two premiers of New Zealand, so we have noted them here even though they are not included in the official prime minister count.