It’s official. The electoral commission has published the final results of the election, and the Green Party is up one more MP than previously announced. Kennedy Graham, the number 9 on the party list, is officially in parliament.
Ken teaches (taught?) international politics and international law at the School of Law, Canterbury and Victoria University, and has previously worked for NGOs, the UN and as a diplomat. He was involved in negotiating the South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone, defending the policy as a NZ diplomat before the UN in Geneva and New York and was also Director of a UN programme in the Middle East. Having returned to New Zealand he will now contribute his experience and perspectives to helping the country tackle the global problems we face.
Over the years Ken has developed a conviction about the need for Green principles in political action at a global & national level as well as in individual lifestyles. Ken has worked in ‘and survived’ ten countries, and loves them all. Having returned to New Zealand he now aspires to contribute his experience and perspectives to helping the country tackle the global problems we face through action in the Green Party and, now, through his parliamentary service.
Ken is (was?) Adjunct Senior Fellow at the School of Law, Canterbury, Christchurch; Senior Lecturer at Victoria University, Wellington; and a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Belgium. He teaches international politics and international law. Ken holds a B.Com from Auckland University, a BA Hons in Political Science from Victoria; an M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Boston (Fulbright); and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Victoria University. He was also a Fellow at Cambridge University, studying in the Global Security Programme. Ken has authored and edited five books including ‘The Planetary Interest – A New Concept for the Global Age’ – which looks at issues of climate change, sustainability and nuclear weapons from a global perspective.
For the rest of Ken’s fascinating biography, click here. I am very excited by the experience and perspective that Kennedy will bring to the Green caucus. We now have 50% extra MPs, bringing us back to our level of 9 after the 2002 election. If you still consider Russel as a fresh new face in parliament, the Greens have managed a welcome balance of new talent and steady hands.
The Green’s tally now stands at 6.72% for the 2008 election. I’m still waiting for more detailed numbers from the elections website. Time to publish. Time to celebrate! Welcome Home Ken!