Helen Clark

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The Rt. Hon. Helen Clark
The Rt. Hon. Helen Clark in 2005
37th Prime Minister of New Zealand
In office
December 5 1999 – November 19 2008
Deputy Jim Anderton (1999 - 2002)
Michael Cullen (2002 - Present)
Preceded by Jenny Shipley
Succeeded by John Key
Constituency Mount Albert, since 1981
27th Leader of the Opposition
In office
1 December 1993 – 5 December 1999
Preceded by Mike Moore
Succeeded by Jenny Shipley
11th Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand
In office
8 August 1989 – 2 November 1990
Prime Minister Geoffrey Palmer (1989 - 1990)
Mike Moore (1990)
Preceded by Geoffrey Palmer
Succeeded by Don McKinnon
Personal details
Born 26 February 1950 (1950-02-26) (age 64)
Hamilton,  New Zealand
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Peter Davis (m. 1981)
Profession Lecturer
Religion Agnostic[source?]

Helen Elizabeth Clark (born February 26, 1950) was the Prime Minister of New Zealand from December 1999 to November 2008. She is the Labour Party spokesman for Foreign Affairs. In 2006, she is ranked by Forbes magazine as the 20th most powerful woman in the world.[1]

Early life[change | edit source]

Clark grew up as the eldest of four daughters from a Waikato farming family. Her mother, Margaret, worked as a primary school teacher and her father, George, was a farmer who supported the National Party during the 1981 election.

Clark studied at the University of Auckland, where she graduated with a MA (Honours) in 1974. Her thesis research focused on rural political behaviour and representation.[2]

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