Helen Clark turned 50 years old on February 26, 2000, not long after becoming New Zealand's first elected woman prime minister. At her birthday celebrations, she said that she wanted to “lead a long-lived and successful government” (Espiner, 2007, p. E4), an ambition she achieved by heading the Social Democratic Labour government for an uninterrupted period of 9 years from 1999 to 2008. Her tenure coincided with New Zealand women holding every key constitutional position, an achievement that placed the country alongside the Nordic nations in terms of ...
Women's Leadership in the South Pacific
Women's leadership in the South Pacific