Our most effective PMs

Advantage at The Standard has produced his or her rankings of NZ Post War PMs. They are:

  • RANK: 1 Peter Fraser PM 1940 – 1949
  • RANK: 2 Sidney Holland PM 1949-1957
  • RANK: 3 Helen Clark PM 1999-2008
  • RANK: 4 John Key PM 2008-
  • RANK 5: Robert Muldoon PM 1975-1984
  • RANK: 6 Jim Bolger 1990-1997
  • RANK: 7 David Lange 1984-1989
  • RANK: 8 Keith Holyoake PM 1960-1972
  • RANK: 9 Norman Kirk PM 1972-1974
  • RANK: 10 Jack Marshall PM 1972
  • RANK: 11 Geoffrey Palmer 1989-1990
  • RANK: 12 Jenny Shipley 1997-1999
  • RANK: 13 Walter Nash PM 1957-1960
  • RANK: 14 Mike Moore 1990
  • RANK: 15 Bill Rowling 1974-1975

Amusing to read the comments as most of them are demanding John Key be placed 14th or 15th.

I thought I would do my own list, in three sections. They are those who won multiple elections, those who won once, and those who never won an election. Won’t include the current PM as his term is still going.

  1. Peter Fraser PM 1940 – 1949
  2. David Lange 1984-1989
  3. Sidney Holland PM 1949-1957
  4. Keith Holyoake PM 1960-1972
  5. Helen Clark PM 1999-2008
  6. Jim Bolger 1990-1997
  7. Robert Muldoon PM 1975-1984
  8. Norman Kirk PM 1972-1974
  9. Walter Nash PM 1957-1960
  10. Jenny Shipley 1997-1999
  11. Geoffrey Palmer 1989-1990
  12. Jack Marshall PM 1972
  13. Bill Rowling 1974-1975
  14. Mike Moore 1990

So yes I rate two Labour Prime Ministers top. Have been a fan of Peter Fraser for a long time.

What would be your order?

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