Moana Mackey

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Moana Mackey
Moana Mackey.jpg
Mackey in 2011
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Labour party list
In office
29 July 2003 – 21 September 2014
Preceded byGraham Kelly
Personal details
Born (1974-02-28) 28 February 1974 (age 45)
Auckland, New Zealand
Political partyLabour
RelationsJanet Mackey (mother)

Moana Lynore Mackey (born 28 February 1974) is a New Zealand politician and has represented the New Zealand Labour Party in the New Zealand Parliament from 2003 until 2014. She has Māori, Irish, Scottish and Spanish ancestry.

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Auckland, New Zealand and raised in Gisborne, Mackey attended Mangapapa Primary School, Ilminster Intermediate and Lytton High School. While in high school, Mackey would participate in Young Labour, the New Zealand Youth Orchestra and Youth Parliament. After leaving high school, she attended Victoria University of Wellington from 1993, graduating with a degree in biochemistry and molecular biology. Remaining in the Wellington area, she worked as a scientist, leading a team at an environmental laboratory in Lower Hutt and from 2001 to 2004 was a member of the Petone Community Board.

From 1999 to 2000, Moana Mackey served as President of Young Labour.[1] She also worked in the Trade Union movement.

Member of Parliament[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
2003–2005 47th List 41 Labour
2005–2008 48th List 41 Labour
2008–2011 49th List 25 Labour
2011–2014 50th List 19 Labour

Mackey entered Parliament on 29 July 2003 through the Labour party list after Graham Kelly vacated his list seat. Her mother, Janet Mackey, also sat as a Labour MP until 2005 — the two formed the first mother-daughter pair in New Zealand parliamentary history. In the election that year, Janet Mackey retired from politics, and Moana Mackey contested but lost the East Coast electorate seat (formerly held by her mother) to National Party candidate, Anne Tolley by 1219 votes. However, she returned to Parliament as a List MP. Mackey unsuccessfully contested East Coast again in the 2008 general election, losing to National's Anne Tolley by 6,413 votes.[2] Mackey again returned to Parliament as a list MP for the Labour Party.

Mackey was not placed high enough on Labour's list to return to Parliament following the 2014 election to be allocated a seat following a drop in support for Labour. In February 2017, Labour list MP Jacinda Ardern won the 2017 Mount Albert by-election, which allowed the party to bring a new list MP to parliament. Mackey was the second-highest ranked Labour candidate not to enter parliament at the 2014 election. The person higher, Maryan Street, announced she would decline the chance to return to Parliament. Mackey likewise declined the option to re-enter Parliament.[3]

Post politics[edit]

Since 2015 Mackey has been employed in several advisory roles at the Wellington City Council in the city planning team.[4]


  1. ^ Manning, Selwyn (12 September 2005). "Marginal Predictions: It's Turning Blue Out There". Scoop. Retrieved 21 October 2010.
  2. ^ Chief Electoral Office: Official Count Results: East Coast.
  3. ^ "Labour's Raymond Huo set to return to Parliament after Maryan Street steps aside". The New Zealand Herald. 21 February 2017. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  4. ^ Devlin, Collette (23 October 2017). "Council's 'Our city tomorrow' set to tackle future challenges head on". Retrieved 12 April 2019.

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