Helen Clark

37th Prime Minister of New Zealand

Helen Elizabeth Clark (born 26 February 1950) was the Prime Minister of New Zealand from December 1999 to November 2008. She is was later the head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) from 2009 to 2017. In 2006, she was ranked by Forbes magazine as the 20th most powerful woman in the world.[1]

The Rt. Hon. Helen Clark
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The Rt. Hon. Helen Clark in 1999
37th Prime Minister of New Zealand
In office
5 December 1999 – 19 November 2008
DeputyJim Anderton (1999 – 2002)
Michael Cullen (2002 – 2008)
Preceded byJenny Shipley
Succeeded byJohn Key
ConstituencyMount Albert, since 1981
27th Leader of the Opposition
In office
1 December 1993 – 5 December 1999
Preceded byMike Moore
Succeeded byJenny Shipley
11th Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand
In office
8 August 1989 – 2 November 1990
Prime MinisterGeoffrey Palmer (1989 – 1990)
Mike Moore (1990)
Preceded byGeoffrey Palmer
Succeeded byDon McKinnon
Personal details
Born (1950-02-26) 26 February 1950 (age 70)
Hamilton, New Zealand
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Peter Davis (m. 1981)

Clark is a member of the of Global Commission for the Economy and Climate.[2][3]

Early lifeEdit

Clark grew up the eldest of four daughters from a Waikato farming family. Her mother, Margaret, worked as a primary school teacher and her father, George, was a farmer who supported the National Party during the 1981 election.

Clark studied at the University of Auckland, where she graduated with a MA (Honours) in 1974. Her thesis research focused on rural political behaviour and representation.[4]


  1. "The 100 Most Powerful Women". Retrieved 11 November 2006. Forbes.com
  2. "The Global Commission". newclimateeconomy.net.
  3. "Members of the Global Commission". newclimateeconomy.net.
  4. ""Helen Clark"". Retrieved 30 June 2006.