Fifth National Government of New Zealand

The Fifth National Government of New Zealand was the government of New Zealand for three parliamentary terms from 19 November 2008 to 26 October 2017. John Key served as National Leader and Prime Minister until December 2016, after which Bill English assumed the premiership until the National Government's defeat following the October 2017 government-forming negotiations.

Fifth National Government
Ministries of New Zealand
Date formed19 November 2008
Date dissolved26 October 2017
People and organisations
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor-GeneralSir Anand Satyanand (2008–11)
Lt Gen Sir Jerry Mateparae (2011–16)
Dame Patsy Reddy (2016–17)
Prime MinisterJohn Key (2008–2016)
Bill English (2016–2017)
Deputy Prime MinisterBill English (2008–2016)
Paula Bennett (2016–2017)
Member partyNational Party (2008–17)
ACT (2008–17)
United Future (2008–17)
Māori Party (2008–17)
Opposition partyLabour Party
Opposition leader
Outgoing election2017 general election
Legislature term(s)
PredecessorFifth Labour Government of New Zealand
SuccessorSixth Labour Government of New Zealand

After the 2008 general election the National Party and its allies were able to form a government, taking over from Helen Clark's Fifth Labour Government. It was subsequently reformed after the 2011 general election with a reduced number of seats, and after the 2014 general election with a reduced share of the party vote but the same number of seats. The Government had confidence and supply agreements with the following parties: ACT, United Future, and the Māori Party – which gave the Government a majority on major legislation. The National Party also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Green Party after the 2008 election, but this lapsed in 2011 and was not renewed.