Chris Penk

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Chris Penk

MP
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Helensville
Assumed office
23 September 2017
Preceded by John Key
Majority14,608
Personal details
Political party National

Christopher Aidan Penk is a New Zealand politician and Member of Parliament in the House of Representatives for the National Party.

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Personal life

Penk graduated from the University of Auckland in 1999 and joined the Royal New Zealand Navy, serving as an officer on HMNZS Te Kaha. He was an aide-de-camp for Governor-General Silvia Cartwright, before joining the Australian Defence Force for four years. [1]

University of Auckland University in New Zealand

The University of Auckland is the largest university in New Zealand, located in the country's largest city, Auckland. It is the highest-ranked university in the country, being ranked 85th worldwide in the 2018/19 QS World University Rankings. Established in 1883 as a constituent college of the University of New Zealand, the university is made up of eight faculties; these are spread over six campuses. It has more than 40,000 students, and more than 30,000 "equivalent full-time" students.

Royal New Zealand Navy Maritime arm of the New Zealand Defence Force

The Royal New Zealand Navy is the maritime arm of the New Zealand Defence Force. The fleet currently consists of ten ships and eight naval helicopters.

HMNZS <i>Te Kaha</i> (F77)

HMNZS Te Kaha (F77) is one of ten Anzac class frigates, and one of two serving in the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN). The name Te Kaha is Māori, meaning 'fighting prowess' or 'strength'.

After his military career, Penk became a property lawyer. [1] His father, Stephen, is an Associate Dean at the University of Auckland's Law school and his brother Alex is also a lawyer. [2]

Political career

At the 2014 election, Penk stood in the Kelston electorate, placing second behind Carmel Sepuloni. [3] Penk was ranked 68th on the National Party's party list and was not elected to parliament.

2014 New Zealand general election

The 2014 New Zealand general election took place on Saturday 20 September 2014 to determine the membership of the 51st New Zealand Parliament.

Kelston (New Zealand electorate) Current New Zealand electorate

Kelston is a New Zealand parliamentary electorate that returns one member to the House of Representatives. It was first formed for the 2014 election and was won by Labour's Carmel Sepuloni.

Carmel Sepuloni New Zealand politician

Carmel Jean Sepuloni is a New Zealand politician and a member of parliament for the Labour Party. She was first elected to Parliament following the 2008 general election as a list member, becoming New Zealand's first MP of Tongan descent. In the 2011 general election, Sepuloni won the seat of Waitakere on the official count with an eleven-vote majority over incumbent National MP Paula Bennett, who subsequently requested a judicial recount, which resulted in Sepuloni losing her seat in Parliament. She returned to Parliament in 2014 as the member for Kelston.

Member of parliament

New Zealand Parliament
YearsTermElectorateListParty
2017 present 52nd Helensville 64 National

Penk won selection as National's Helensville candidate for the 2017 election, replacing former prime minister John Key. [1]

Helensville (New Zealand electorate)

Helensville is a New Zealand parliamentary electorate, returning one Member of Parliament to the House of Representatives. The electorate was first established for the 1978 election and was abolished again in 1984, and has existed again since the 2002 election. The MP for Helensville is Chris Penk of the National Party, who has held the seat since the 2017 general election.

2017 New Zealand general election Election on 23 September 2017

The 2017 New Zealand general election took place on Saturday 23 September 2017 to determine the membership of the 52nd New Zealand Parliament. The previous parliament was elected on 20 September 2014 and was officially dissolved on 22 August 2017. Voters elected 120 members to the House of Representatives under New Zealand's mixed-member proportional (MMP) voting system, a proportional representation system in which 71 members were elected from single-member electorates and 49 members were elected from closed party lists. Around 3.57 million people were registered to vote in the election, with 2.63 million (79.8%) turning out. Advance voting proved popular, with 1.24 million votes cast before election day, more than the previous two elections combined.

John Key 38th Prime Minister of New Zealand

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References

  1. 1 2 3 "Former Navy officer Chris Penk chosen as National candidate to replace John Key in Helensville". Stuff.
  2. "Third law graduate in family - The University of Auckland". www.law.auckland.ac.nz.
  3. "Official Count Results – Kelston". Electoral Commission. 4 October 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
John Key
Member of Parliament for Helensville
2017–present
Incumbent