Keith Locke

Keith Locke is a social justice activist and past Green Party New Zealand Member of Parliament.

Keith Locke has written prolifically on social and human rights issues since he entered parliament in 2011. His blog posts and articles, opinion pieces, submissions and presentations have appeared in multiple blogs, newspapers and other other outlets. The majority are republished here and can be found via the feed, links and search function available on this page.

Latest Article

NZ Should Not Buy into Trump’s tech war with China

The article below appeared on the Daily Blog on 2 September 2020 Most New Zealanders don’t trust Donald Trump. By and large they oppose his “America First” stance, which is making effective cooperation between nations very difficult.Why then are so many people fooled by Trump’s attacks on China’s most advanced technology companies, like Huawei and TikTok? Surely, we can see that in banning TikTok and trying to strangle Huawei, Trump is trying to ensure that America’s “big tech” companies (like Microsoft, Google and Facebook) dominate the global landscape.Why do we buy Trump’s cover story that it is about “national security” and protecting our privacy? Surely, we’ve learnt by now, following the revelations by US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, that the main threat to the privacy of citizens around the world is the NSA itself. Few of...



Keith Locke is a former Green Party Member of Parliament, serving from 1999 to 2011. He is best known for his human rights and antiwar work not only through the Foreign Affairs portfolio he held through this period, but also under his other portfolios which included Human Rights, Immigration, Police, Ethnic Affairs and Defence. Keith has been an international peace and social justice campaigner since first anti-nuclear, anti-Vietnam war and anti-apartheid protests of the 1960s.