Keith Locke was a social issues and environmental activist and former New Zealand Green Party MP, serving in parliament from 1999 until 2011. Keith was born into a politically active family and became an activist and campaigner during New Zealand’s first anti-nuclear marches and anti-apartheid protests in the 1960s. His specialist knowledge of domestic and international human rights underpinned his work as an activist and was also core to his service as a Green MP. Keith was once described as ‘the bravest man in Parliament’ and ‘respected across party lines for his consistency and willingness to speak against the tide of popular opinion’. He also claimed the ‘Backbencher of the Year’ title twice.


NZ Parliamentary website

NZ Parliamentary website


National Library