Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand

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Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand
Coat of arms of New Zealand.svg
Carmel Sepuloni.jpg
Carmel Sepuloni

since 25 January 2023
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
StyleThe Honourable
Member of
Reports toPrime Minister of New Zealand
AppointerGovernor-General of New Zealand
Term lengthAt Her Majesty's pleasure
Formation13 November 1954
First holderSir Keith Holyoake
Salary$334,734 (NZD)[1]

The Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand (Māori: Te Pirimia Tuarua o Aotearoa) is the second-most senior minister in the Government of New Zealand, although this seniority does not necessarily translate into power. The office was created as a ministerial portfolio in 1954. The officeholder usually deputises for the prime minister at official functions.

The current Deputy Prime Minister is Carmel Sepuloni since 2023.

List of deputy prime ministers of New Zealand[change | change source]


  Labour   National   NZ First   Alliance

No. Name Portrait Concurrent portfolio(s) Term of office Prime Minister
1 Keith Holyoake Keith Holyoake (crop).jpg Minister of Agriculture 13 November 1954 20 September 1957 Holland
2 Jack Marshall Jack Marshall, 1957.jpg Attorney-General
Minister of Justice
20 September 1957 12 December 1957 Holyoake
3 Jerry Skinner Jerry Skinner.jpg Minister of Agriculture
Minister of Lands
12 December 1957 12 December 1960 Nash
(2) Jack Marshall Jack Marshall, 1972.jpg Minister of Overseas Trade
Minister of Industries and Commerce
Minister of Labour
Minister of Immigration
12 December 1960 9 February 1972 Holyoake
4 Robert Muldoon Muldoon 26 June 1969.jpg Minister of Finance
Minister of Statistics
9 February 1972 8 December 1972 Marshall
5 Hugh Watt Hugh Watt, 1951 (1).jpg Minister of Labour
Minister of Works
8 December 1972 1 September 1974 Kirk
6 Bob Tizard Bob Tizard, 1968.jpg Minister of Finance 10 September 1974 12 December 1975 Rowling
7 Brian Talboys Brian Talboys, 1980.jpg Minister of Foreign Affairs
Minister of Overseas Trade
12 December 1975 4 March 1981 Muldoon
8 Duncan MacIntyre Duncan MacIntyre Greg Tate (crop).jpg Minister of Agriculture 4 March 1981 15 March 1984
9 Jim McLay Jim McLay (cropped).jpg Attorney-General
Minister of Justice
15 March 1984 26 July 1984
10 Geoffrey Palmer Geoffrey Palmer.jpg Attorney-General
Minister of Justice
26 July 1984 8 August 1989 Lange
11 Helen Clark Helen Clark UNDP 2010.jpg Minister of Labour
Minister of Health
8 August 1989 2 November 1990 Palmer
12 Don McKinnon Don McKinnon 2012.jpg Minister of Foreign Affairs
Minister of Overseas Trade
2 November 1990 16 December 1996 Bolger
13 Winston Peters Winston Peters, 2011.jpg Treasurer 16 December 1996 14 August 1998
14 Wyatt Creech Wyatt Creech.jpg Minister of Education
Minister of Health
14 August 1998 10 December 1999
15 Jim Anderton Jim Anderton, 2010.jpg Minister of Economic Development
Minister of Customs
10 December 1999 15 August 2002 Clark
16 Michael Cullen Michael Cullen, 2008.jpg Minister of Finance
Leader of the House
15 August 2002 19 November 2008
17 Bill English Bill English Official.jpg Minister of Finance
Minister for Infrastructure
19 November 2008 12 December 2016 Key
18 Paula Bennett Paula Bennett in 2018.png Minister of State Services
Minister of Police
Minister of Tourism
12 December 2016 26 October 2017 English
(13) Winston Peters Winston Peters, 2019.jpg Minister of Foreign Affairs
Minister for State Owned Enterprises
Minister of Racing
26 October 2017 6 November 2020 Ardern
19 Grant Robertson Hon Grant Robertson.jpg Minister of Finance
Minister for Infrastructure
Minister of Racing
Minister for Sport and Recreation
6 November 2020 25 January 2023
20 Carmel Sepuloni Carmel Sepuloni.jpg Minister for Social Development
Minister for ACC
Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage
25 January 2023 Incumbent Hipkins

Living former deputy prime ministers[change | change source]

As of January 2023, there are nine living former New Zealand deputy prime ministers, as seen below. The most recent Deputy Prime Minister to die was Michael Cullen (served 2002–2008), on 19 August 2021, aged 76.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Parliamentary Salaries and Allowances Determination 2017" (PDF). New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  2. "Labour's Sir Michael Cullen dies at 76 after battle with lung cancer". The New Zealand Herald. 19 August 2021. Retrieved 20 August 2021.