New Zealand Politics and Society

Questions about New Zealand politics, policies, and politicians, past and present.

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What makes John Key a good leader?

That depends on your personal preferences for what makes a good leader. Some people like John Key, others do not.

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Who is the leader for the Maori Party?

They have two - Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples.

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How long can the New Zealand prime minister serve?

The can serve indefinitely, so long as their government has the confidence (support) of the House of Representatives (the members of parliament).

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Who were all the Prime Ministers of New Zealand and the dates they were in office?

Prior to 1893, the leader in New Zealand was referred to as "Premier", rather than Prime Minister. The following were the first Premiers of New Zealand.

  • Henry Sewell: 7 May 1856 - 20 May 1856
  • William Fox: 20 May 1856 - 2 June 1856
  • Edward Stafford: 2 June 1856 - 12 July 1861
  • Alfred Domett: 6 August 1862 - 30 October 1863
  • Frederick Whitaker: 30 October 1863 - 24 November 1864
  • Frederick Weld: 24 November 1864 - 16 October 1865
  • George Waterhouse: 11 October 1872 - 3 March 1873
  • Julius Vogel: 8 April 1873 - 6 July 1875
  • Daniel Pollen: 6 July 1875 - 15 February 1876
  • Harry Atkinson: 13 September 1876 - 13 October 1877
  • George Grey: 13 October 1877 - 8 October 1879
  • John Hall: 8 October 1879 - 21 April 1882
  • Robert Stout: 16 August 1884 - 28 August 1884
  • John Ballance: 24 January 1891 - 27 April 1893
  • Richard Seddon: 1 May 1893 - 10 June 1906

It was during Richard Seddon's tenure that the term "Prime Minister" became the official title for New Zealand's leader. The following lists the actual Prime Ministers of New Zealand to the present:

  • William Hall-Jones: 21 June 1906 - 6 August 1906
  • Joseph Ward: 6 August 1906 - 28 March 1912
  • Thomas MacKenzie: 28 March 1912 - 10 July 1912
  • William Massey: 10 July 1912 - 10 May 1925
  • Francis Bell: 14 May 1925 - 30 May 1925
  • Joseph Coates: 30 May 1925 - 10 December 1928
  • George Forbes: 28 May 1930 - 6 December 1935
  • Michael Savage: 6 December 1935 - 27 March 1940
  • Peter Fraser: 1 April 1940 - 13 December 1949
  • Sidney Holland: 13 December 1949 - 20 September 1957
  • Keith Holyoake: 20 September 1957 - 12 December 1957
  • Walter Nash: 12 December 1957 - 12 December 1960
  • John Marshall: 7 February 1972 - 8 December 1972
  • Norman Kirk: 8 December 1982 - 31 August 1974
  • Wallace Rowling: 6 September 1974 - 12 December 1975
  • Robert Muldoon: 12 December 1975 - 26 July 1984
  • David Lange: 26 July 1984 - 8 August 1989
  • Geoffrey Palmer: 8 August 1989 - 4 September 1990
  • Michael Moore: 4 September 1990 - 2 November 1990
  • James Bolger: 2 November 1990 - 8 December 1997
  • Jennifer Shipley: 8 December 1997 - 5 December 1999
  • Helen Clark: 5 December 1999 - 19 November 2008
  • John Key: 19 November 2008 - current
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Women's Suffrage

When did New Zealand first allow women to vote?

1893 - New Zealand was the first sovereign state in the world to allow woman to vote.
New Zealand was the first country in the world to allow women the right to vote in 1893.
women were granted the right to vote in new zealand first in 1893 (previous attempts had been made but this was the first time that it was legally not blocked), though they couldn't run until 1919. It was one of the first 'western' (in culture) areas that granted women the right to vote.
New Zealand was the first country to give women voting rights; women gained the right to vote in 1893. Whereas Twenty States and one Territory of the USA were first in 1869 and Isle of Man were second in 1881.

New zealand was the first country to extend voting rights to all of its citizens as voting rights had already been extended to indigenous males when women gained the right to vote.

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Who is the president of New Zealand?

New Zealand does not have a president; the country is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary democracy. As it is not a republic, it has a Monarch and Prime Minister rather than a President. The day to day administration is handled by the Prime Minister. The current Prime Minister of New Zealand is John Philip Key, who was sworn in on 19 November 2008.

The head of state of New Zealand is the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom (Britain), who is represented in New Zealand by a Governor-General. In 2011, the monarch is Elizabeth II and is represented by Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand.

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Who is the Prime Minister of New Zealand?

In 2014, the Prime Minister of New Zealand is the Hon. John Key, of the National Party, who was sworn in on 19 November 2008. Mr Key won his third term as Prime Minister in elections held in September 2014.

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Women in History

Who was the first New Zealand female Member of Parliament?

Elizabeth Reid McCombs was the first new zealand female mp in 1933.

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Maori Language and Culture

What do you call a person from New Zealand?

A New Zealander. A native New Zealander is called a Maori, a non-native is called a Pakeha or a Kiwi.

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How many list seats make up Parliament?

Currently (January 2020) New Zealand's parliament is comprised of 49 list seats and 71 electorate seats.

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What can the government do to help teen mothers in New Zealand?

Your country should have a type of Welfare and that's where you would go. They will lead you in the right direction.

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AnswerVisit The Work & Income NZ website or The Inland Revenue website. There are various benefits & family support packages you may be entitled to, such as the Unemployment Benefit or Family Assistance. Just give them a call they will definitely be able to help you or at least point you in the right direction.
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When should a new minister approach the pulpit?

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When were woman allowed to vote for the first time in new zealand?

In 1893 Kate Sheppard was able to get enough support for a bill to be passed in the Parliament, for Universal Suffrage. An election was only 10 weeks after this event.

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International High Courts

What court in New Zealand is higher than the Supreme Court?

No Court is higher than the current Supreme Court.

However, in older cases, the "Supreme Court" it refers to may be the equivalent of the current "High Court", as it was called then. In that case the Court of Appeal and Privy Council were higher authority.

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Who was the Prime Minister of New Zealand in 1972?

Three people were prime ministers of New Zealand in 1972. Keith Holyoake ended his 12 year term on February 7th, Norman Kirk started his term on December 8th, and in between Jack Marshall held the office. Hope that helps.

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What is New Zealand's current form of government?

New Zealand's form of government is a single house parliamentary democracy in a constitutional monarchy. The NZ political system is the MMP (Mixed Member Proportional) system of voting (since1993). There are 120 Members of Parliament (although this number is flexible); each party has proportional representation depending on how many votes their Party receive at the Election and whether or not their Electorate Candidates have been elected. Each citizen receives ONE party vote and ONE vote to elect an Electorate Member to parliament. A party must receive a minimum of 5% of the vote to gain party seats in Parliament. The overall percentage of the vote a party receives will determine how many LIST Members the party can have. Most Governments, under MMP, rule in a Coalition Parliament.

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In 1841 who was appointed Governor of New Zealand?

Once New Zealand was established as a separate colony on 3 May 1841, Captain William Hobson was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of New Zealand.

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Who was the first Prime Minister of New Zealand?

Henry Sewell was the first leader of New Zealand, but in his time this position was known as "Premier". It was during Richard Seddon's tenure (1 May 1893 - 10 June 1906) that the term "Prime Minister" became the official title for New Zealand's leader.

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What is the national dress of New Zealand?

new zealand's national dress is a maori dress which is grass skirt and green stone necklace

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What is the New Zealand Government going to sell?

The government will float 49% of the shares in four state-owned enterprises (SOEs): Genesis Energy, Meridian Energy, Mighty River Power, and Solid Energy. They will also sell some of their shares in Air New Zealand, which is already a listed company (the government only owns about 75% of Air New Zealand, the rest is owned by private shareholders).

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How much money does the Prime Minister of New Zealand earn?

$375000 per annum + $19000 per annum allowance.

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What did Helen Clark do before she became Prime Minister?

Helen Clark was previously the leader of Opposition. She had also carried positions such as the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Health.

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Who was the longest serving NZ Prime Minister?

New Zealand's longest serving Prime Minister was Richard Seddon who served 4787 days (13.11 years), followed by William Massey who served 4687 days (12.84 years).

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What form of government does New Zealand have?

New Zealand is a parliamentary democracy with a constitutional monarchy as head of state. This means that the most powerful institution is our democratically elected parliament, which chooses the executive (the Prime Minister and cabinet), while a ceremonial head of state with limited powers "reigns".

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Is Ngatea the gay capital of New Zealand?

No, it's only a little town, but from my experience it is gay friendly.

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