Kevin Hague

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Kevin Hague
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Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Green Party List
In office
Succeeded by Barry Coates
Personal details
Born (1960-03-18) 18 March 1960 (age 59)
Aldershot, United Kingdom
Political party Green Party
Children One
Occupation Chief Executive of the Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society of New Zealand
Former Member of Parliament

Kevin Grant Hague (born 18 March 1960) has been the chief executive of Forest & Bird, an independent New Zealand conservation organisation, since October 2016. He is also a former New Zealand member of parliament representing the Green Party who was first elected to parliament in 2008.

As of 2016 Hague was the Green Party spokesperson for Health (including Accident Compensation Corporation and Sport & recreation), conservation, and Rainbow Issues.[1]

Prior to his election to Parliament, Hague was the Chief Executive of the West Coast District Health Board. Hague is also an author, a long time gay rights activist and a former executive director of the New Zealand AIDS Foundation.

Career and activism

Hague during the 2008 election campaign

Hague has been an activist for a number of causes. In the 1980s he was heavily involved in the campaign against sporting contacts with apartheid South Africa.[2] In 1989 he co-authored Honouring the Treaty: an introduction for Pakeha to the Treaty of Waitangi.[3] Hague also edited Terry Stewart's 1996 book Invisible families: a New Zealand resource for parents of lesbian and gay children.[2]

Hague is openly gay and in 1988 began work as a research officer for the New Zealand AIDS Foundation, which provides education on HIV/AIDS issues and advocacy and support for those with HIV and AIDS. From 1998 to 2003 he was the Foundation's executive director.[2]

He has represented New Zealand at United Nations, UNESCO and Commonwealth conferences on apartheid and on AIDS. He has also campaigned on behalf of cycling.[2]

In 2005 Hague became Chief Executive of the West Coast District Health Board, where he had worked since 2003. Hague resigned in December 2008 to become a Member of Parliament.[4]

Member of Parliament

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
2008–2011 49th List 7 Green
2011–2014 50th List 3 Green
2014–2016 51st List 3 Green

Hague was placed at number seven on the Green Party list for the 2008 election. He was elected as a Green Party MP and gained the third highest number of candidate votes in the West Coast-Tasman electorate.[5]

Hague was a member of the select committee looking at Labour MP Louisa Wall's Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill. The bill, which passed its first reading 80–40,[6][7] was approved by the committee.[8]

Hague said once the bill had passed its third reading, in April 2013, there would be a number of "incredibly emotional" weddings between gay couples.[9]

Hague announced on 5 September 2016 that he would resign from parliament to become the CEO of Forest and Bird.[10] He was replaced by Barry Coates.[11][12]

Personal life

Hague was born in Aldershot, Hampshire, in the United Kingdom but moved to New Zealand in 1973 when he was 13 years old. Hague enjoys mountain biking, cycle touring and tramping. He has been with his partner since 1984,[2] but has no plans to get married since Labour MP Louisa Wall's Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill passed.[8]


  1. ^ "Kevin Hague MP". Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e " Green Party candidate Kevin Hague". Archived from the original on 11 January 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  3. ^ Yensen, Helen (1 January 1989). Honouring the Treaty: An Introduction for Pakeha to the Treaty of Waitangi. Penguin. ISBN 9780140124255.
  4. ^ "The Westerly, Te Hauauru" (PDF). West Coast District Health Board. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Election Results – West Coast-Tasman". New Zealand Ministry of Justice, Chief Electoral Office. November 2008. Archived from the original on 11 December 2008. Retrieved 9 November 2008.
  6. ^ "No surprises at gay marriage approval". 3 News NZ. 28 February 2013.
  7. ^ "Gay marriage bill passes first step". The New Zealand Herald. 30 August 2012.
  8. ^ a b "No surprises at gay marriage approval". 3 News NZ. 28 February 2013.
  9. ^ "Marriage equality will be 'emotional'". 3 News NZ. 15 April 2013.
  10. ^ "Green MP Kevin Hague quits Parliament". Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  11. ^ "Green MP quits".
  12. ^ "Kevin Hague quits Greens for Forest and Bird". 5 September 2016. Retrieved 5 September 2016 – via New Zealand Herald.

External links

  • Green Party – MP biography for Kevin Hague
  • New Zealand Parliament – MP biography for Kevin Hague
  • Kevin Hague's twitter
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