Rt Hon John Key

John Key

Rt Hon John Key

Prime Minister of New Zealand


Prime Minister John Key is the 38th Prime Minister of New Zealand. He has been the Prime Minister of New Zealand since November 2008 and Leader of the New Zealand National Party since November 2006.

He was born in Auckland, New Zealand but moved to Christchurch, New Zealand when he was a child. He was educated at Burnside High School in Christchurch and then gained a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Canterbury.

Prior to his involvement in politics, Mr Key had a long career in investment banking, which he started in the mid-1980s. He worked in New Zealand for 10 years before heading offshore, working in Singapore, London, and Sydney for US investment banking firm Merrill Lynch.

In 2001, he headed back to New Zealand to fulfil a long held ambition to stand for Parliament for the National Party. He first entered Parliament in 2002 representing the Auckland electorate of Helensville and he has held the seat since then. Mr Key quickly rose through the ranks and was elected leader of the National Party on 27 November 2006.

In 2014, Mr Key led the National Party to its third consecutive election victory, increasing its number of seats in Parliament from both the 2008 and 2011 elections. He is currently the Prime Minister of the National-led Government as well as Minister of Tourism.

Mr Key is married to Bronagh and has two children – Stephie and Max. When he has some spare time, he likes to spend it with his family, cooking, playing golf, and watching rugby.

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