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Rt Hon Helen Clark

Published date: 18 Apr 2009
Labour Party
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Clark, Helen
Clark, Helen
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Former Parliamentary Roles

  • Member, Foreign Affairs Committee: 8 April 1982 - 15 June 1984
  • Member, Disarmament and Arms Control Committee: 17 August 1984 - 25 July 1985
  • Chairperson, Foreign Affairs Committee: 17 August 1984 - 25 July 1985
  • Member, Electoral Law Committee: 17 August 1984 - 25 July 1985
  • Chairperson, Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee: 26 July 1985 - 21 July 1987
  • Member, Government Administration Committee: 26 July 1985 - 1987
  • Minister of Conservation: 24 August 1987 - 30 January 1989
  • Minister of Housing: 24 August 1987 - 14 August 1989
  • Minister of Health: 30 January 1989 - 2 November 1990
  • New Zealand's first woman Deputy Prime Minister: 8 August 1989 - 2 November 1990
  • Minister of Labour: 14 August 1989 - 2 November 1990
  • Deputy Leader of the Opposition: 1990 - 1993
  • Leader of the Opposition: 1 December 1993 - 10 December 1999
  • Prime Minister: 10 December 1999 - 19 November 2008
  • Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage: 10 December 1999 - 19 November 2008
  • Minister in charge of the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service: 10 December 1999 - 19 November 2008
  • Minister Responsible for Ministerial Services: 10 December 1999 - 19 November 2008
  • Minister Responsible for the GCSB: 23 June 2003 - 19 November 2008
  • Member, Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee: 9 December 2008 - 18 April 2009
  • Spokesperson, Foreign Affairs: 8 November 2008 - 18 April 2009
  • Spokesperson, Arts, Culture and Heritage: 8 November 2008 - 18 April 2009

Personal details

  • Born 26 February 1950, Hamilton.
  • Married to Professor Peter Davis of Auckland University.

Education/qualifications

  • Epsom Girls Grammar
  • BA (Hons), University of Auckland
  • MA (Hons), University of Auckland

Career

  • Junior lecturer, Political Studies, Auckland University: 1973 - 1975
  • Post-Graduate Scholar: 1976
  • Lecturer, Political Studies, Auckland University: 1977 - 1981
  • Member for Mt Albert: 28 November 1981 - 6 September 1996
  • Member for Owairaka: 12 October 1996 - 18 October 1999
  • Member for Mt Albert: 27 November 1999 - 18 April 2009
  • Prime Minister: 10 December 1999 - 19 November 2008

Awards

  • Peace Prize for promoting international peace and disarmament, Danish Peace Foundation 1986
  • Appointed as New Zealand’s first woman Privy Councillor 1990

Party activities

  • Member, New Zealand Labour Party: 1971 -
  • Member, Auckland Labour Regional Council: 1973 - 1975
  • President, Labour Youth Council: 1973 - 1975
  • Secretary, Labour Womens Council: 1977 - 1977
  • Labour Party Executive: 1978 - 1988
  • Deputy Leader, New Zealand Labour Party: 1989 - 1993
  • Leader, New Zealand Labour Party: 13 December 1996 - 11 November 2008

Leisure activities

  • Enjoys classical music, Opera
  • Hiking, cross country skiing

This is the archived biography page for former Member of Parliament, Rt Hon Helen Clark.