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Keith Holyoake

New Zealand Prime Minister Keith Holyoake

Profession: New Zealand Prime Minister

New Zealand
New Zealand

Biography: Holyoake was the third longest-serving Prime Minister of New Zealand, having been the leader for 12 years from 1960 to 1972, and a brief period in 1957. He was also Governor-General from 1977 to 1980, to date the only person to hold that role.

Holyoake's tenure saw New Zealand enter the Vietnam War and the resulting divisions at home, the rewriting of the criminal code and the subsequent abolition of the death penalty, and the negotiations over arrangements for New Zealand once Britain entered the European Economic Community.

Born: February 11, 1904
Birthplace: Pahiatua, New Zealand

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Aquarius

Died: December 8, 1983 (aged 79)
Cause of Death: Stroke

Historical Events

  • 1971-08-18 New Zealand Prime Minister Keith Holyoake announces in Parliament that New Zealand’s combat force would be withdrawn from Vietnam before the end of the year, coinciding with a similar announcement by the Australian government

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