Graeme Cairns

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Graeme William Cairns (born c.1957) is a New Zealand musician, artist, and political candidate. He is perhaps best known for his role as "Laird McGillicuddy", chief of the Clan McGillicuddy, and as the only-ever leader of the Clan's satirical McGillicuddy Serious political party. In the 1996 election, he was, at 65, the lowest-ranked candidate on their party list.[1] At the next election in 1999, when he stood in the Port Waikato electorate, he was in first rank on the party list.[2][3]

As a musician, he has and continues to perform as vocalist, ukulele player and teachest bass player in The Big Muffin Serious Band. He is a professional street theatre performer and farms a small holding in the Te Pahu area of the Waikato region.


  1. ^ "Part III – Party Lists of unsuccessful Registered Parties" (PDF). Electoral Commission. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 February 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Party Lists of Unsuccessful Registered Parties". Electoral Commission. Retrieved 8 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "Candidate vote details – Port Waikato". Electoral Commission. Retrieved 14 April 2017. 

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