Kevin Hague

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Kevin Hague
MP
Kevin Hague.jpg
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Green Party List
Incumbent
Assumed office
2008
Personal details
Born (1960-03-18) 18 March 1960 (age 54)
Aldershot, United Kingdom
Political party Green Party
Children one

Kevin Grant Hague (born 18 March 1960) is a current New Zealand MP representing the Green Party who was first elected to parliament in 2008.

As of 2009 he is the Green Party spokesperson on Health and Wellbeing, Commerce, Small Business, Tourism, Biosecurity & Customs, Cycling & Active Transport, Sport & Recreation, Rainbow Issues, and Rural Affairs; and associate spokesperson on Community Economic Development, Gambling, and Community & Voluntary Sector.[1]

Prior to his election he was the Chief Executive of the West Coast District Health Board. He is also an author, long time gay rights activist and a former executive director of the New Zealand AIDS Foundation.

Career and activism[edit]

Hague during the 2008 election campaign

Hague has been an activist for a number of causes. In the 1980s he was heavily involved in the campaign against sporting contacts with apartheid South Africa.[1] In 1989 he co-authored Honouring the Treaty: an introduction for Pakeha to the Treaty of Waitangi. Hague is openly gay and in 1988 began work as a research officer for the New Zealand AIDS Foundation, which provides education on HIV/AIDS issues and advocacy and support for those with HIV and AIDS. From 1998 to 2003 he was the Foundation's executive director.[2] He has represented New Zealand at United Nations, UNESCO and Commonwealth conferences on apartheid and on AIDS. He has also campaigned on behalf of cycling.[1]

In 2005 he became Chief Executive of the West Coast District Health Board, which he had worked for since 2003.[1]

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
2008–2011 49th List 7 Green
2011 – 2014 50th List 3 Green
2014 – present 51st List 3 Green

Hague was placed at number seven on the Green Party list for the 2008 election. He was elected as a Green Party MP and gained the third highest number of candidate votes in the West Coast-Tasman electorate.[3]

Hague was a member of the select committee looking at Labour MP Louisa Wall's Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill. The bill, which passed its first reading 80-40,[4][5] was approved by the committee.[6]

Hague said once the bill had passed its third reading, in April 2013, there would be a number of "incredibly emotional" weddings between gay couples.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Hague was born in Aldershot, Hampshire, in the United Kingdom and enjoys mountain biking, cycle touring and tramping. He has been with his partner since 1984,[2] but has no plans to get married since Labour MP Louisa Wall's Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill passed.[6]

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