gordon coates

Personal details

Full Name:

  • Joseph Gordon Coates


  • 3 Feb 187827 May 1943

Prime Minister:

30 May 1925–10 Dec 1928

Age on becoming PM:




Political Party:



Gordon Coates seemed unbeatable. Tall and handsome, this affable war hero embodied modernity – he was the ‘jazz premier’. In 1925’s presidential-style election voters elected to take their ‘Coats off with Coates’.

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The 1920s

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    The 1920s was the decade that modern New Zealand came of age. Despite political and economic uncertainty, the country shrugged off the gloom of war to embrace the Jazz Age - an era of speed, power and glamour. Explore an overview of the decade and a year-by-year breakdown of key events.

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