Sixth Labour Government of New Zealand

The Sixth Labour Government has governed New Zealand since 26 October 2017. It is headed by Chris Hipkins, the Labour Party leader and prime minister.

Sixth Labour Government

Ministries of New Zealand
Current ministry, pictured after their swearing-in, in November 2020
Date formed26 October 2017
People and organisations
Prime Minister
Prime Minister's history2017–2023
Deputy Prime MinisterWinston Peters (2017–2020)
Grant Robertson (2020–2023)
Carmel Sepuloni (2023–present)
Member parties
  •   New Zealand Labour Party
  •   Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand (2017–2020) as confidence and supply
    (2020–) within a cooperation agreement
  •   New Zealand First (2017–2020)
Status in legislatureMinority (coalition) (2017–2020)
with confidence and supply from the Greens
55 / 120(46%)

Majority (2020–present)
cooperation agreement with the Greens
62 / 120(52%)
Opposition partiesNational Party (2017–present), ACT Party (2017–present), Māori Party (2020–present)
Opposition leader
Legislature term(s)
PredecessorFifth National Government

On 1 August 2017, Jacinda Ardern succeeded Andrew Little as both leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition.[1] Following the 2017 general election held on 23 September, the New Zealand First party held the balance of power between the sitting centre-right National Party government, and the left bloc of the Labour and Green parties. Following negotiations with the two major parties, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters announced on 19 October 2017 that his party would form a coalition government with Labour.[2] That same day, Green Party leader James Shaw announced that his party would give confidence and supply support to the 55-seat Labour–NZ First government.[3] The Greens' support, plus the coalition, resulted in 63 seats to National's 56—enough to ensure that Ardern maintained the confidence of the House. Three years later, Labour went on to a landslide victory in the 2020 general election with 50% of the vote and 65 seats, an outright majority of the 120 seats in the House.[4]

On 19 January 2023, Ardern announced her resignation and that she would not stand for re-election in the 2023 general election.[5] Hipkins succeeded her as Prime Minister and leader of the Labour Party on 25 January 2023.[6]

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