Yearly Archives: 2012

My recent political commentary appearances on TV

I have been doing some political commentary since leaving Parliament. On three occasions I have been a panel member on Bomber Bradbury's "Citizen A" show on Auckland's Triangle Television. Here are the three shows: 12 April:  On consultants and need for a lobbying register, the Greens high polling and the need...

Amnesty International Human Rights Defender Award 2012

On Saturday 12 May I was most humbled to receive from Amnesty International the 2012 Human Rights Defender Award. There were many other strong nominees (see below). I thank the many people who have sent messages of congratulations since I was given the award. Amnesty International Honours Unique New Zealander Sunday, 13...

Trying to Make New Zealand Intelligence Services More Accountable: My Efforts in Parliament

By Keith Locke (The following article was published in the May 2012 issue of Peace Researcher, the journal of the Anti-Bases Campaign. To see the other interesting articles in Peace Researcher go to http://www.converge.org.nz/abc.) One of my missions during 12 years in Parliament was to make our intelligence services more accountable....

Navy should be anti-nuclear too

(The following was a Letter to the Editor from me as published in the 25 June issue of the New Zealand Herald) I am disturbed that our navy seems to be operating as if we were not a nuclear-free country opposed to nuclear weapons. In the June-July issue of Navy Today...

Battered nation syndrome

News: The NZ frigate Te Kaha joins the US RIMPAC war game off Hawaii for the first time in 28 years and exercises with US nuclear subs. However, Te Kaha is then barred from docking at Pearl Harbour because of NZ’s anti-nuclear policy. Once upon a time there lived a...

Change the New Zealand flag

Over the years I have been promoting two related issues, New Zealand becoming a republic, and changing the New Zealand flag away from the present one, which is a hangover from the old colonial days, with a British Union Jack in the corner. After watching the Olympic coverage I wrote...

Political spying challenged

Interviewed by Selwyn Manning on Triangle TV -  15 October 2012 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TLE9iDDIFE