New Zealand Labor Party leadership race heats up

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- The leadership contest for the New Zealand Labor Party became a three-horse race on Monday when former minister David Cunliffe announced his challenge.

UNDP calls for environmental leadership

JAKARTA, April 29 (UPI) -- Major economies need to adapt to a low-carbon model to advance environmental stewardship, a U.N. official said from Indonesia.

New Zealand's Labor Party voted out

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- New Zealand's Labor Party has been voted out of office after nine years in power and the opposition National Party will form a new government, officials said.

New Zealand election under way

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- A hard-fought campaign is coming to an end in New Zealand with an election that could bring an end to Helen Clark's tenure as prime minister, observers say.

Some Kiwis find U.S politics more enticing

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Many New Zealanders are more interested in the upcoming U.S. contest than in their own parliamentary election, a poll released Sunday finds.
New Zealand prime minister calls election

New Zealand prime minister calls election

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark has called a general election for Nov. 8, pitting her incumbent Labor Party against John Key's National Party.

Help urged for climate change refugees

CANBERRA, Australia, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- A coalition of environmental groups wants Australia and New Zealand to ease immigration for Pacific Islanders displaced by rising sea levels.

N.Z. P.M.'s guide dies on ski tour

TEKAPO, New Zealand, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- A veteran New Zealand mountain guide collapsed and died Thursday while accompanying Prime Minister Helen Clark and her husband on a ski tour.

New Zealand aims to reduce gas emissions

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, June 8 (UPI) -- New Zealand officials say they are aiming to reduce the level of methane gas emissions caused by the country's livestock.

Three arrested in Waihopai base vandalism

BLENHEIM, New Zealand, April 30 (UPI) -- Three people were arrested in a vandalism attack on the Waihopai spy base in New Zealand Wednesday, authorities said.

China, New Zealand sign trade agreement

BEIJING, April 7 (UPI) -- China and New Zealand signed a free trade agreement Monday called "historically significant" by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.

Atlantic Eye: Kiwis, cows and kangaroos

LONDON, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- New Zealanders are informal, generous and pioneering, a spirit embodied by Edmund Hillary.
MARC S. ELLENBOGEN, UPI International Columnist

N.Z. research ship heads for Antarctic

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- A New Zealand research vessel has headed for the Antarctic, beginning an eight-week census of marine life in the Ross Sea.

'Colossus' Edmund Hillary dies

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Edmund Hillary, who climbed to international fame as a member of the first climbing party to scale Mount Everest, died Thursday in New Zealand at age 88.

Japanese whaling fleet protested

TOKYO, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- New Zealand and Australia have requested that a Japanese whaling fleet planning to kill more than 1,000 whales abort its mission.
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Helen Clark
Helen Clark, prime minister of New Zealand, delivers an address to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs on March 22, 2007 in Chicago. Clark discussed trade and the challenge of globalization in her address. (UPI Photo/Brian Kersey)

Helen Elizabeth Clark, ONZ (born 26 February 1950) is the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, the third-highest UN position, and was the 37th Prime Minister of New Zealand for three consecutive terms from 1999 to 2008. She led the Labour Party from 1993 until it lost the 2008 general election. Before resigning from Parliament in April 2009, Clark was Labour's foreign affairs spokeswoman and MP for the Mount Albert electorate which she had held since 1981. Forbes magazine ranked her 20th most powerful woman in the world in 2006.

Clark was the eldest of four daughters of a Waikato farming family. Her mother, Margaret McMurray, of Irish birth, was a primary school teacher. Her father, George, was a farmer. Clark studied at Te Pahu Primary School, at Epsom Girls' Grammar School in Auckland and at the University of Auckland, where she majored in politics and graduated with an MA (Honours) in 1974. Her thesis focused on rural political behaviour and representation.

As a teenager Clark became politically active, protesting against the Vietnam War and campaigning against foreign military bases in New Zealand. She has declared herself agnostic.

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