Story: Nelson region

Premiers and prime ministers: Geoffrey Palmer (5th of 5)

Premiers and prime ministers: Geoffrey Palmer

Geoffrey Palmer is seen here on 8 August 1989, the day that Labour’s caucus voted him in as prime minister. Originally from Waimea West, he was schooled in Nelson and went on to become deputy prime minister in 1984 and prime minister in 1989–90 following David Lange’s resignation. Palmer set up the royal commission that recommended switching to the Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) voting system and did major work drafting the Bill of Rights Act (1990) and the Resource Management Act (1991).

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP-Portraits of New Zealanders-Palmer, Geoffrey-01

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Carl Walrond, 'Nelson region - Government', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 12 December 2019)

Story by Carl Walrond, updated 3 Aug 2015