Street Stories: Prime Ministers
Massey Place

Bill Massey was a deeply conservative politician, whose power base lay in the rural constituency he knew so well. He became Prime Minister in 1912, and remained in power, either alone or in coalition, until 1925. Both Massey and his Reform Party lost favour because of their close identification with land and farming issues at a time when New Zealand was becoming urbanised.

Pic: Bill Massey was New Zealand Prime Minister throughout World War One.