Judy Keall

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Judy Keall in Foxton.

Judith Mary Keall (née Dixon, born 10 January 1942) is a former New Zealand politician. She was an MP from 1984 to 1990, and again from 1993 until her retirement in 2002, representing the Labour Party.


New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
1984–1987 41st Glenfield Labour
1987–1990 42nd Glenfield Labour
1993–1996 44th Horowhenua Labour
1996–1999 45th Otaki none Labour
1999–2002 45th Otaki 21 Labour

Dixon[1] was born in Timaru on 10 May 1942.[2]

She was first elected to Parliament in the 1984 elections, winning the North Shore seat of Glenfield.[3] She was re-elected in the 1987 elections, but in the 1990 elections, she was defeated by National's Peter Hilt.

In the 1993 elections, she returned to Parliament as MP for the lower North Island seat of Horowhenua. In the 1996 elections, when the Horowhenua electorate was abolished, she was elected as MP for the new Otaki electorate.[4] She was re-elected in the 1999 elections, but at the 2002 elections, she chose to retire from Parliament. She was one of only two electorate MPs who retired in 2002; the other was Labour's Geoff Braybrooke.[5] Keall was succeeded by her former Parliamentary Secretary, Darren Hughes.[4]

Keall chaired Parliament's health select committee[6] and she was the key proponent of legislation that would make bars and restaurants smoke-free.[7]

Keall was separated from her husband Graeme for seven years and part of her retirement from politics was that she could spend more time with him.[6]


  1. ^ "Index Auckland: local history, arts and music". Auckland Libraries. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Temple, Philip (1994). Temple’s Guide to the 44th New Zealand Parliament. Dunedin: McIndoe Publishers. p. 67. ISBN 0 86868 159 8. 
  3. ^ Wood, G. A. (1996) [First ed. published 1987]. Ministers and Members in the New Zealand Parliament (2 ed.). Dunedin: University of Otago Press. p. 109. ISBN 1-877133-00-0. 
  4. ^ a b Counsell, Gerard (31 October 2008). "Swing seats: All eyes on Otaki". One News. Retrieved 8 October 2014. 
  5. ^ Boston, Jonathan (2003). New Zealand Votes: The General Election of 2002. Wellington: Victoria University Press. p. 22. ISBN 0-86473-468-9. Retrieved 9 October 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Keall to leave politics". The New Zealand Herald. 8 October 2001. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Judy Keall's Swansong Will Ruin Bars and Cafes" (Press release). Wellington: ACT New Zealand. Scoop. 10 October 2001. Retrieved 3 June 2015.