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The Rt. Hon. Helen Clark
The Rt. Hon. Helen Clark in 1999
|37th Prime Minister of New Zealand|
5 December 1999 – 19 November 2008
|Deputy||Jim Anderton (1999 – 2002)
Michael Cullen (2002 – 2008)
|Preceded by||Jenny Shipley|
|Succeeded by||John Key|
|Constituency||Mount Albert, since 1981|
|27th Leader of the Opposition|
1 December 1993 – 5 December 1999
|Preceded by||Mike Moore|
|Succeeded by||Jenny Shipley|
|11th Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand|
8 August 1989 – 2 November 1990
|Prime Minister||Geoffrey Palmer (1989 – 1990)
Mike Moore (1990)
|Preceded by||Geoffrey Palmer|
|Succeeded by||Don McKinnon|
|Born||26 February 1950
Hamilton, New Zealand
|Spouse(s)||Peter Davis (m. 1981)|
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.
Clark is a member of the of Global Commission for the Economy and Climate.
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.
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