Story: Premiers and prime ministers

Premiers and prime ministers - terms of office

As this diagram shows, premiers came and went more frequently before the 1890s. From the 20th century, as political parties became established, many prime ministers held office for long terms.

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Gavin McLean, 'Premiers and prime ministers - Premiers, 1856–1891', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 9 August 2022)

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