Moana Mackey

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Moana Mackey
Moana Mackey.jpg
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Labour party list
In office
29 July 2003 – 21 September 2014
Preceded by Graham Kelly
Personal details
Born (1974-02-28) 28 February 1974 (age 41)
Auckland, New Zealand
Political party Labour
Relations Janet Mackey (mother)
Residences Gisborne

Moana Lynore Mackey (born 28 February 1974) is a New Zealand politician and has represented the New Zealand Labour Party in the Parliament of New Zealand since 2003. She has Māori, Irish, Scottish and Spanish ancestry.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Auckland, New Zealand and raised in Gisborne, Mackey attended Mangapapa Primary School, Ilminster Intermediate and Lytton High School. While in high school, Mackey would participate in Young Labour, the New Zealand Youth Orchestra and Youth Parliament. After leaving high school, she attended Victoria University of Wellington from 1993, graduating with a degree in biochemistry and molecular biology. Remaining in the Wellington area, she worked as a scientist, leading a team at an environmental laboratory in Lower Hutt and from 2001 to 2004 was a member of the Petone Community Board.

From 1999 to 2000, Moana Mackey served as President of Young Labour.[1] She also worked in the Trade Union movement.

She currently lives in Gisborne.

Member of Parliament[edit]

Moana Mackey 10 August 2014
Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
2003–2005 47th List 53 Labour
2005–2008 48th List 41 Labour
2008–2011 49th List 25 Labour
2011–2014 50th List 19 Labour

Mackey entered Parliament on 29 July 2003 through the Labour party list after Graham Kelly vacated his list seat. Her mother, Janet Mackey, also sat as a Labour MP until 2005 — the two formed the first mother-daughter pair in New Zealand parliamentary history. In the elections that year, Janet Mackey retired from politics, and Moana Mackey contested but lost the East Coast electorate seat (formerly held by her mother) to National Party candidate, Anne Tolley by 1219 votes. However, she returned to Parliament as a List MP. Mackey unsuccessfully contested East Coast again in the 2008 general election, losing to National's Anne Tolley by 6,413 votes.[2] Mackey again returned to Parliament as a list MP for the Labour Party.

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ Manning, Selwyn (12 September 2005). "Marginal Predictions: It's Turning Blue Out There". Scoop. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Chief Electoral Office: Official Count Results: East Coast.