|Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Green Party List
|Born||1946 (age 67–68)|
|Political party||Green Party|
|Relations||Doug Graham, Robert Graham|
|Alma mater||University of Auckland
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Victoria University of Wellington
|Website||Green Party profile|
Kennedy Gollan Montrose Graham (born 1946) is a New Zealand politician and MP for the Green Party. He has served in the New Zealand Foreign Service for sixteen years, and lectured at the University of Canterbury and Victoria University of Wellington.
Graham has a BCom from the University of Auckland, a MA in International Relations from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, and a PhD from Victoria University of Wellington. He received Fulbright and Fletcher scholarships, and a McCarthy Fellowship in 1986.
As a New Zealand diplomat, Graham was involved in the negotiation of the South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone. He worked as Secretary-General of Parliamentarians for Global Action. He has worked at the United Nations, first as a director at the United Nations University from 1999 to 2004, and later as Senior Consultant in the Department of Political Affairs, from 2005 to 2006. In 2007 he became Adjunct Senior Fellow at the University of Canterbury School of Law, and was a Senior Lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington. Graham was also a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Belgium.
Member of Parliament
|Parliament of New Zealand|
|2011 – 2014||50th||List||5||Green|
|2014 – present||51st||List||7||Green|
First term: 2008–2011
He became an MP in the 2008 election after counting of the special votes, which gave the Green Party an additional list seat. In his maiden speech, Graham noted that: "We are drawing down on Earth's natural resources, borrowing forward on the human heritage, irretrievably encroaching on our children's right to inherit the Earth in a natural and sustainable state."
In July 2009 Graham's International Non-Aggression and Lawful Use of Force Bill was drawn from the member's ballot. The bill would have outlawed the crime of aggression in New Zealand domestic law and required the government to table a legal opinion in Parliament before committing any forces to overseas military operations. The bill was voted down at its first reading, 64 to 58.
Second term: 2011–2014
As of May 2013, Graham is responsible for the Disarmament, Global Affairs, Climate Change, Trade & Foreign Investment, Constitutional Issues, and Defence portfolios in the Green Party. He is also the Deputy-Chairperson of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee and a Member of the Privileges Committee.
In June 2013, Graham organised a public, one-day climate change conference which was held at the old Legislative Council chamber at Parliament. The conference explored the state of climate science, the link between international action and domestic responsibility, the roles of civil society and businesses, available policy mechanisms, and ended with a political panel of MPs discussing climate change.
- "New Zealand Hansard - Members Sworn Volume:651;Page:2". Parliament of New Zealand.
- "Special votes see Greens gain seat, Nats lose". New Zealand Herald. 22 November 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-22.
- Trevett, Claire (16 January 2009). "New voices: Simon Bridges, Kennedy Graham and Carol Beaumont". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
- "International Non-Aggression and Lawful Use of Force Bill". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 2009-12-08.
- New Zealand Parliamentary Debates 656 5740.
- New Zealand Parliamentary Debates 657 6818.
- "Dr Kennedy Graham". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
- Graham, Kennedy. "Climate Change conference". Green Party. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
- "Climate change talks at Parliament today". The New Zealand Herald. Newstalk ZB. 7 June 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
- Green Party. "2014 election candidates". Green Party. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
- Green Party (29 May 2011). "Green Party Confirms List Rankings". Green Party. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
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- Biography at the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand
- Biography at the University of Canterbury
- Biography at the New Zealand Parliament website