Story: Nation and government

The cabinet system

The cabinet system

Day-to-day political power is exercised not by Parliament but by the cabinet. Members of cabinet are senior members of the party or parties which have a majority in the House of Representatives. Chaired by the prime minister, cabinet must retain the confidence of the House for the government to remain in power. This is the cabinet of the 2002 Labour coalition government, with Prime Minister Helen Clark in the chair.

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John Wilson, 'Nation and government - System of government', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 April 2024)

Story by John Wilson, updated 1 Sep 2016