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Graham Kelly (politician)

Graham Desmond Kelly (born 9 May 1941) is a former New Zealand politician.

Member of ParliamentEdit

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
1987–1990 42nd Porirua Labour
1990–1993 43rd Porirua Labour
1993–1996 44th Porirua Labour
1996–1999 45th Mana 13 Labour
1999–2002 46th Mana 17 Labour
2002–2003 47th List 26 Labour

Kelly was born in Wellington on 9 May 1941.[1][2] As a member of the Labour Party, he served as MP for Porirua from the 1987 election until the 1996 election, when he became MP for the new seat of Mana. In the 2002 election, he did not stand as an electorate candidate, standing as a list MP and allowing Luamanuvao Winnie Laban to contest Mana. On 29 July 2003, however, he left Parliament in order to take up a position as High Commissioner to Canada. His list seat was taken by the next candidate on Labour's 2002 party list, Moana Mackey.

High Commissioner to CanadaEdit

In 2005, Kelly made remarks to a Canadian governmental panel which were regarded by some in New Zealand as offensive to Māori and various immigrant communities. Calls were made for his resignation, and the government criticised Kelly for his comments, for which he apologised.[3][4]

Later careerEdit

Kelly is currently the president of the Association of Former Members of Parliament.[5]


  1. ^ Temple, Philip (1994). Temple's Guide to the 44th New Zealand Parliament. Dunedin: McIndoe Publishers. p. 68. ISBN 0 86868 159 8.
  2. ^ "New Zealand Official Yearbook 1997". Statistics New Zealand. Archived from the original on 1 May 2012. Retrieved 27 October 2012.
  3. ^ Graham Kelly Apologises For Recent Comments Scoop, 14 June 2005
  4. ^ Young, Audrey (15 June 2005). "Fury persists over Commisioner's 'racist' remarks". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Former MPs to fight to keep perks". Television New Zealand. 12 August 2009. Archived from the original on 5 October 2012. Retrieved 1 October 2011.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Gerard Wall
Member of Parliament for Porirua
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Mana
Succeeded by
Luamanuvao Winnie Laban