Leader of the House (New Zealand)

In the New Zealand Parliament, the Leader of the House is the government minister appointed by the Prime Minister of New Zealand to be responsible for the management of government business in the House of Representatives. The Leader of the House is also an ex officio member of the Parliamentary Service Commission.

Leader of the House
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Chris Hipkins

since 26 October 2017
AppointerGovernor-General of New Zealand
Term lengthAt Her Majesty's pleasure
Inaugural holderDavid Thomson
Formation13 December 1978

History and functionsEdit

The first Leader of the House was appointed in 1978, although a similar office had existed in Australia since 1951 and another in the United Kingdom for several centuries. The responsibilities of the Leader of the House were previously functions exercised by the Prime Minister.[1]

The Leader of the House serves three main functions:[2]

  • Moving motions for the Government that relate to House and committee procedure
  • Determining the order of Government business in the House
  • The primary responsibility for the Government's lawmaking programme

List of Leaders of the HouseEdit

The following individuals have been appointed as Leader of the New Zealand House of Representatives:


  National   Labour

No. Name Portrait Term of Office Prime Minister
1 David Thomson   13 December 1978 26 July 1984 Muldoon
2 Geoffrey Palmer   26 July 1984 24 August 1987 Lange
3 Jonathan Hunt   24 August 1987 2 November 1990
4 Paul East   2 November 1990 27 March 1993 Bolger
5 Don McKinnon   27 March 1993 16 December 1996
6 Wyatt Creech   16 December 1996 31 August 1998
7 Roger Sowry   31 August 1998 10 December 1999
8 Michael Cullen   10 December 1999 3 October 2008 Clark
9 Gerry Brownlee   3 October 2008 2 May 2017 Key
10 Simon Bridges   2 May 2017 26 October 2017
11 Chris Hipkins   26 October 2017 Incumbent Ardern


  1. ^ G.A. Wood, ed. (1996). Ministers and Members in the New Zealand Parliament (2nd ed.). Dunedin: University of Otago Press. p. 62.
  2. ^ "People in Parliament". New Zealand House of Representatives. Retrieved 13 July 2017.