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.

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Covid 19 coronavirus response a chance to reshape our foreign policy

The Covid-19 crisis is shaking up our thinking in a number of areas, not least on foreign policy.In the 1980s we were excluded from the Anzus alliance for daring to declare New Zealand nuclear-free. Since then we have supposedly had an "independent foreign policy".In practice, our policy would be better described as semi-independent. Sometimes we have gone our own way, such as when we refused to join the American-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. On other occasions we have joined with America, as in the Afghan war.For many years after the Anzus split, New Zealand governments avoided describing us as allies of America. The US administration reciprocated. Though not allies, we were, in the words of US Secretary of State Colin Powell, "very, very, very close friends".Now, it seems, we are "allies" again, working in a Five Eyes alliance with the US, Britain,...

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ABOUT KEITH

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.