Kennedy Graham

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Kennedy Graham
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Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Green Party List
Assumed office
Personal details
Born 1946 (age 68–69)
Nationality New Zealand
Political party Green Party
Relations Doug Graham, Robert Graham
Children Two
Alma mater
Website Green Party profile

Kennedy Gollan Montrose Graham[1] (born 1946) is a New Zealand politician and MP for the Green Party.[2] He has served in the New Zealand Foreign Service for sixteen years, and lectured at the University of Canterbury and Victoria University of Wellington.

He is the brother of Doug Graham, a former National Party MP. He is also a great-grandson of Robert Graham, an MP in the 1800s.[3]


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[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
2008–2011 49th List 9 Green
2011–2014 50th List 5 Green
2014–present 51st List 7 Green

First term: 2008–2011[edit]

After standing in the Ilam electorate during the 2008 election, Graham was elected as a list MP after counting of the special votes.[2] 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."[3]

In July 2009 Graham's International Non-Aggression and Lawful Use of Force Bill was drawn from the member's ballot.[4] 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.[5] The bill was voted down at its first reading, 64 to 58.[6]

Second term: 2011–2014[edit]

Graham at a climate change political panel in 2014

In 2011, Graham stood again in Ilam and was re-elected as a list MP.

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.[7]

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.[8][9]

Third term: 2014–present[edit]

Going into the 2014 general election, Graham was listed at number 7 on the Green party list.[10] The ranking was two places lower than his 2011 ranking of number 5.[11] Graham contested the Helensville electorate and was re-elected as a list MP. Graham holds the Green caucus portfolios of global affairs, defence and disarmament, and constitutional affairs. He serves on the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Privileges Committee.


  • Graham, Kennedy, Models of Regional Governance: Sovereignty and the future architecture of regionalism (Canterbury University Press, 2008)
  • Graham, Kennedy (2006) “Regional Security and Global Governance: A study of interaction between regional agencies and the UN Security Council”, Brussels, UN University/ VUB Institute for European Studies.
  • Graham, Kennedy (1999) “The Planetary Interest: An Emerging Concept for the Global Age” New Jersey: UCL Press, London & Rutgers.
  • Graham, Kennedy (1989) “National Security Concepts of States: New Zealand”, New York: Taylor & Francis for UNIDIR.

Peer reviewed books, book chapters, books edited

  • Graham, Kennedy (2015) “Global Citizenship & Global Constitutionalism” for publication by Martinus Nijhoff / Brill in 2015.
  • Graham, Kennedy (Editor) (2008) “Models of Regional Governance - Sovereignty and the Architecture of Pacific Regionalism”, Christchurch: University of Canterbury Press.
  • Graham, Kennedy and Tania Felicio (2006) “Regional Security and Global Governance: A Study of Interaction between Regional Agencies and the UN Security Council; With a Proposal for a Regional-Global Security Mechanism”, Brussels: VUB University Press.
  • Graham, Kennedy (Editor) (1999), “The Planetary Interest”, New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.
  • Graham, Kennedy (1989), National Security Concepts of States: New Zealand, New York: Taylor & Francis, Inc.


  1. ^ "New Zealand Hansard - Members Sworn Volume:651;Page:2". Parliament of New Zealand. 
  2. ^ a b "Special votes see Greens gain seat, Nats lose". New Zealand Herald. 22 November 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-22. 
  3. ^ a b Trevett, Claire (16 January 2009). "New voices: Simon Bridges, Kennedy Graham and Carol Beaumont". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "International Non-Aggression and Lawful Use of Force Bill". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 2009-12-08. 
  5. ^ New Zealand Parliamentary Debates 656 5740.
  6. ^ New Zealand Parliamentary Debates 657 6818.
  7. ^ "Dr Kennedy Graham". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  8. ^ Graham, Kennedy. "Climate Change conference". Green Party. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Climate change talks at Parliament today". The New Zealand Herald. Newstalk ZB. 7 June 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  10. ^ Green Party. "2014 election candidates". Green Party. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  11. ^ Green Party (29 May 2011). "Green Party Confirms List Rankings". Green Party. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 

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