Keith Locke was a Green Party Member of Parliament 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.
He was awarded “Backbencher of the Year” twice, first by the New Zealand Herald in 2002, and then by the Fairfax newspapers parliamentary team in 2010. He has been described as “respected across party lines for his consistency and willingness to speak against the tide of public opinion” during the so-called “war on terror” launched by US President George Bush.