Few characters have so dominated a Parliament as Richard Seddon did during his time as Prime Minister. Brash and assertive, Seddon represented very well the New Zealand he served. His Liberal Government is regarded as being far-sighted and progressive, especially in social legislation. Seddon had a vision of New Zealand as a Britain of the south, and sought to extend our sphere of influence into the Pacific.
Pic: Richard John Seddon addressing a gathering at Matarawa in the 1890s.