Janet Mackey

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Janet Mackey
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Gisborne
In office
Preceded by Wayne Kimber
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Mahia
In office
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for East Coast
In office
Succeeded by Anne Tolley
Personal details
Born Janet Elsdon Craig
(1953-06-14) 14 June 1953 (age 65)
Auckland, New Zealand
Political party Labour
Relations Moana Mackey (daughter)
Elsdon Best (great-uncle)
Alma mater University of Auckland

Janet Elsdon Mackey JP (née Craig, born 14 June 1953) is a New Zealand politician. She was a Member of the New Zealand Parliament for the Labour Party from 1993 until 2005.

Early life and family

Mackey was born in Auckland on 14 June 1953, the daughter of Elsdon Walter Grant Craig and Zeta Harriet Craig (née Brown).[1] Her father is a Scottish-New Zealander, and the nephew of Elsdon Best, and her mother is from Northern Ireland. Mackey was educated at Auckland Girls' Grammar School from 1966 to 1969, and went on to study at the University of Auckland, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in English.[1]

Previously married, Mackey has three children, including Moana Mackey,[1] who has also served as a Labour MP.

Parliamentary career

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
1993–1996 44th Gisborne Labour
1996–1999 45th Mahia 17 Labour
1999–2002 46th East Coast 28 Labour
2002–2005 47th East Coast none Labour

She was first elected to Parliament in the 1993 elections, winning the seat of Gisborne. In the 1996 elections, she won the newly created seat of Mahia, and in the 1999 elections and 2002 elections, she won the seat of East Coast.[2] In 2003, she was joined in Parliament by her daughter, Moana Mackey.[3] Before entering politics, she was a real estate agent.

She announced her intent to retire before the 2005 elections, and did not stand for re-election.[4]

Other activities

Mackey served as a trustee of the Trust Bank Eastern and Central Community Trust, and from 1984 to 1990 was chair of the East Coast Regional Employment and Access Council.[1] She was appointed as a justice of the peace in 1988, and became a marriage celebrant in 1989.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Taylor, Alister, ed. (2001). New Zealand Who's Who Aotearoa 2001. Auckland: Alister Taylor Publishers. p. 566. ISSN 1172-9813.
  2. ^ "Women in parliament 1933 - 2005". Elections New Zealand. Archived from the original on 8 February 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2010.
  3. ^ "Running in the family". The Dominion Post. Fairfax New Zealand. 13 October 2008. Archived from the original on 13 September 2010.
  4. ^ Manning, Selwyn (21 January 2005). "Strategies And Cunning And The General Election 05". Scoop. Retrieved 21 October 2010.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Wayne Kimber
Member of Parliament for Gisborne
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Mahia
Constituency recreated after abolition in 1893
Title last held by
William Kelly
Member of Parliament for East Coast
Succeeded by
Anne Tolley

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