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Helen Clark distributing money

Helen Clark distributing money

In 1999 newly elected Prime Minister Helen Clark surprised many observers by taking the culture portfolio, a bone previously thrown to junior ministers or ministers outside cabinet. This cartoon from 2000 pokes gentle fun as a flexible minister of arts, culture and heritage dishes out an $86.8-million ‘cultural recovery package’ to the struggling arts sector in her government’s first Budget.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-350-044
Cartoon by Jim Hubbard

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Gavin McLean, 'Premiers and prime ministers - The role of prime minister', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 July 2024)

Story by Gavin McLean, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Dec 2016