Janet Mackey

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Janet Elsdon Mackey, JP (née Craig, born 14 June 1953) is a New Zealand politician. She is a member of the Labour Party.

Parliamentary career[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
1993–1996 44th Gisborne Labour
1996–1999 45th Mahia 17 Labour
1999–2002 46th East Coast 28 Labour
2002–2005 47th East Coast none Labour

She was first elected to Parliament in the 1993 elections, winning the seat of Gisborne. In the 1996 elections, she won the newly created seat of Mahia, and in the 1999 elections and 2002 elections, she won the seat of East Coast.[1] In 2003, she was joined in Parliament by her daughter, Moana Mackey.[2] Before entering politics, she was a real estate agent.

She announced her intent to retire before the 2005 elections, and did not stand for re-election.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Her father, Elsdon Craig, is a Scottish-New Zealander, and the nephew of Elsdon Best, and her mother, Zeta Brown, is from Northern Ireland. Mackey is a Justice of the peace.

She has two other children who are both younger than her daughter Moana; Erin Wahine Waimarie (b. 4 December 1979) who is a chef, and Turei Elsdon (b. 20 December 1982) who is a journalist.


  1. ^ "Women in parliament 1933 - 2005". Elections New Zealand. Archived from the original on 8 February 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2010. 
  2. ^ "Running in the family". The Dominion Post. Fairfax New Zealand. 13 October 2008. Archived from the original on 13 September 2010. 
  3. ^ Manning, Selwyn (21 January 2005). "Strategies And Cunning And The General Election 05". Scoop. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Wayne Kimber
Member of Parliament for Gisborne
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Mahia
Constituency recreated after abolition in 1893
Title last held by
William Kelly
Member of Parliament for East Coast
Succeeded by
Anne Tolley