Minister of Health (New Zealand)

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Minister of Health of New Zealand
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Incumbent
Hon Dr David Clark

since 26 October 2017
Ministry of Health
Style The Honourable
Member of
Reports to Prime Minister of New Zealand
Appointer Governor-General of New Zealand
Term length At Her Majesty's pleasure
Formation 8 November 1900
First holder Joseph Ward
Salary $288,900[1]
Website www.beehive.govt.nz

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The Minister of Health, formerly styled Minister of Public Health, is a minister in the government of New Zealand with responsibility for the New Zealand Ministry of Health and the District Health Boards.

The present Minister is David Clark, a member of the Labour Party.

History[edit]

The first Minister of Public Health was appointed in 1900, during the premiership of Richard Seddon. The word "Public" was dropped from the title when Sir Māui Pōmare took over the portfolio from 27 June 1923, as simply "Minister of Health".

In the health system reforms of the 1980s, the Department of Health lost responsibility for both the provision and funding of healthcare — these roles were transferred to separate Crown Health Enterprises (the precursors to today's District Health Boards) and the Health Funding Authority, respectively. The only function remaining was policy-making (resulting in the Department being renamed a Ministry). For a time, there was a separate Minister in Charge of Crown Health Enterprises, who was not necessarily the same as the Minister of Health. Further reforms have changed this, however — the Health Funding Authority has been re-absorbed into the Ministry of Health, and the modern District Health Boards, while not part of the Ministry, are considered a responsibility of the Minister of Health.

List of Health Ministers[edit]

Colour key
(for political parties)

 Liberal  
 Reform  
 United  
 Labour  
 National  

No. Name Portrait Term of Office Prime Minister
1 Joseph Ward Joseph Ward 1890.jpg 8 November 1900 6 August 1906 Seddon
Hall-Jones
2 George Fowlds George Fowlds, ca 1910.jpg 6 August 1906 6 January 1909 Ward
3 David Buddo David Buddo.jpg 6 January 1909 28 March 1912
4 George Warren Russell George Warren Russell.jpg 28 March 1912 10 July 1912 Mackenzie
5 Heaton Rhodes Robert Heaton Rhodes Jr (1915).jpg 10 July 1912 12 August 1915 Massey
(4) George Warren Russell George Warren Russell.jpg 12 August 1915 25 August 1919
6 Francis Bell Francis Bell.jpg 4 September 1919 3 April 1920
7 James Parr James Parr.jpg 3 April 1920 7 June 1923
8 Maui Pomare MauiPomare1899.jpg 7 June 1923 18 January 1926
Bell
Coates
9 Alexander Young James Alexander Young.jpg 18 January 1926 10 December 1928
10 Arthur Stallworthy Arthur Stallworthy.jpg 10 December 1928 22 September 1931 Ward
(9) Alexander Young James Alexander Young.jpg 22 September 1931 6 December 1935
Forbes
11 Peter Fraser Peter Fraser.jpg 6 December 1935 30 April 1940 Savage
Fraser
12 Tim Armstrong Tim Armstrong 1935.jpg 30 April 1940 21 January 1941
13 Arnold Nordmeyer Arnold Nordmeyer (1950).jpg 21 January 1941 29 May 1947
14 Mabel Howard Mabel Bowden Howard.jpg 29 May 1947 13 December 1949
15 Jack Watts Jack Watts.PNG 13 December 1949 19 September 1951 Holland
16 Jack Marshall Jack Marshall 1951.jpg 19 September 1951 26 November 1954
17 Ralph Hanan Josiah Ralph Hanan, ca 1946.jpg 26 November 1954 12 December 1957
Holyoake
18 Rex Mason Rex Mason.jpg 12 December 1957 12 December 1960 Nash
19 Norman Shelton No image.png 12 December 1960 24 January 1962 Holyoake
20 Donald Norman McKay No image.png 24 January 1962 9 February 1972
21 Lance Adams-Schneider Lance Adams-Schneider.jpg 9 February 1972 8 December 1972 Marshall
22 Bob Tizard Bob Tizard, 1963.jpg 8 December 1972 10 September 1974 Kirk
23 Tom McGuigan No image.png 10 September 1974 12 December 1975 Rowling
24 Frank Gill No image.png 12 December 1975 13 December 1978 Muldoon
25 George Gair George Gair.jpg 13 December 1978 11 December 1981
26 Aussie Malcolm No image.png 11 December 1981 26 July 1984
27 Michael Bassett Michael Bassett.jpg 26 July 1984 24 August 1987 Lange
28 David Caygill David Caygill, 2013.jpg 24 August 1987 30 January 1989
29 Helen Clark Helen Clark UNDP 2010.jpg 30 January 1989 2 November 1990
Palmer
Moore
30 Simon Upton Simon Upton 01 crop.jpg 2 November 1990 27 March 1993 Bolger
31 Bill Birch Bill Birch.jpg 27 March 1993 29 November 1993
32 Jenny Shipley Jenny Shipley 2013 (crop).jpg 29 November 1993 16 December 1996
33 Bill English Bill English 3by2.png 16 December 1996 2 February 1999
Shipley
34 Wyatt Creech Wyatt Creech.jpg 2 February 1999 5 December 1999
35 Annette King Annette King at Onslow Kindergarten.jpg 5 December 1999 19 October 2005 Clark
36 Pete Hodgson Pete Hodgson XMediaLab 2008.jpg 19 October 2005 5 November 2007
37 David Cunliffe David Cunliffe, 2008.jpg 5 November 2007 19 November 2008
38 Tony Ryall Tony Ryall.jpg 19 November 2008 6 October 2014 Key
39 Jonathan Coleman Jonathan Coleman 3by2.png 6 October 2014 26 October 2017
English
40 David Clark David Clark.jpg 26 October 2017 present Ardern

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