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Jacinda Ardern is the incumbent prime minister since 26 October 2017

The prime minister of New Zealand is New Zealand's head of government. This job is given to the leader of the party or coalition with the most support in the Parliament of New Zealand. Since 26 October 2017, the prime minister has been Jacinda Ardern of the Labour Party.

Responsibilities and powers

The role of the prime minister is not formally defined, being based on constitutional convention rather than specific legislation. According to these conventions, the prime minister is leader of Cabinet (itself a body existing by convention), and takes a co-ordinating role.

The prime minister holds the most senior post in the New Zealand Parliament. The prime minister is not able to give direct orders to other people in their party.

The prime minister can call for an election by asking the Governor-General to close Parliament

List of New Zealand prime ministers

Living former prime ministers

As of September 2021, there are six living former New Zealand prime ministers, as seen below.

The most recent prime minister to die was Mike Moore (served 1990), on 2 February 2020, aged 71.[1]


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