Denise Lee

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Denise Lee

Member of Parliament
for Maungakiekie
Assumed office
23 September 2017
Preceded by Sam Lotu-Iiga
Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Ward Councillor
In office
13 October 2013 12 October 2017
Preceded by Richard Northey
Succeeded by Josephine Bartley
Personal details
Born4 December 1970
Paeroa, New Zealand
Political party New Zealand National Party
Auckland Future (Local)
Other political
United Future (until 2009)

Denise Adrienne Lee [1] (previously known as Denise Krum), born 4 December 1970, is a New Zealand politician who has been the National Party's Member of Parliament for the Maungakiekie electorate since 2017. She was previously an Auckland Council local body councillor.

New Zealand National Party Major New Zealand political party

The New Zealand National Party, shortened to National or the Nats, is a centre-right political party in New Zealand. It is one of two major parties that dominate contemporary New Zealand politics, alongside its traditional rival, the New Zealand Labour Party.

Maungakiekie (New Zealand electorate)

Maungakiekie is a New Zealand parliamentary electorate, returning one Member of Parliament to the New Zealand House of Representatives. The current MP for Maungakiekie is Denise Lee of the National Party. The name is from Maungakiekie / One Tree Hill, a large and symbolically important hill at the western end of the seat; the name denotes the presence of kiekie vines on the hill.

Auckland Council Unitary territorial authority in Auckland, New Zealand

The Auckland Council is the local government council for the Auckland Region in New Zealand. The governing body consists of a mayor and 20 councillors, elected from 13 wards. There are also 149 members of 21 local boards who make decisions on matters local to their communities. It is the largest council in Oceania, with a $3 billion annual budget, $29 billion of ratepayer equity, and 9,870 full-time staff as of 30 June 2016. The council began operating on 1 November 2010, combining the functions of the previous regional council and the region's seven city and district councils into one "super council" or "super city".


Early years

Lee was born in Paeroa in 1970 and is the daughter of Graeme Lee, who was also a Member of Parliament. [2]

Paeroa Minor urban area in Waikato, New Zealand

Paeroa, a small town in New Zealand, lies in the northern Waikato region of the Thames Valley. Located at the base of the Coromandel Peninsula, it is close to the junction of the Waihou and Ohinemuri Rivers, 20 kilometres from the coast at the Firth of Thames. The population is 3900.

The Honourable Graeme Ernest Lee,, is a former New Zealand politician. Originally a National Party MP, he broke away to found the Christian Democrat Party.

She was married and known as Denise Krum during the start of her political career, before returning to her maiden name following the 2016 local election. [3]

During the 2008 general election, Lee stood in Maungakiekie for United Future. Lee was President of United Future at the time. She later left United Future and joined the New Zealand National Party. She stood on the party list during the 2011 election but was not ranked high enough to be elected.

2008 New Zealand general election election

The 2008 New Zealand general election was held on 8 November 2008 to determine the composition of the 49th New Zealand parliament. The conservative National Party, headed by its parliamentary leader John Key, won the largest share of votes and seats, ending nine years of government by the social-democratic Labour Party, led by Helen Clark. Key announced a week later that he would lead a National minority government with confidence-and-supply support from the ACT, United Future and Māori parties. The Governor-General swore Key in as New Zealand's 38th Prime Minister on 19 November 2008. This marked an end to nine years of Labour Party government, and the beginning of the Fifth National Government which governed for the next nine years, until its loss to the Labour Party in the 2017 general election.

United Future New Zealand political party

United Future New Zealand, usually known as United Future, was a centrist political party in New Zealand. The party was in government between 2005 and 2017, first alongside Labour (2005–2008) and then supporting National (2008–2017).

A list MP is a member of parliament (MP) who is elected from a party list rather than from a geographical constituency. Their presence in Parliament is owed to the number of votes that their party won, not to votes received by the MP personally. This occurs only in countries which have an electoral system based on party-list proportional representation.

Auckland Council

Auckland Council
2013 16 Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Communities & Residents
2016 17Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Auckland Future

Lee was elected to the Auckland Council as a Communities & Residents candidate at the 2013 elections, defeating incumbent and former Labour MP Richard Northey. [4] She ran on the Auckland Future ticket during the 2016 local elections, and was re-elected with an increased majority. [3]

2013 Auckland local elections

The 2013 Auckland local elections took place between 20 September and 12 October and were conducted by postal vote. The elections were the second since the merger of seven councils into the Auckland Council, which is composed of the mayor and 20 councillors, and 149 members of 21 local boards. Twenty-one district health board members and 41 licensing trust members were also elected. The previous elections were in 2010. Early voting figures are below. The overall effect of the election was a shift of the Auckland Council to the right.

Richard Northey New Zealand politician

Richard John Northey is a New Zealand politician. He was an MP from 1984 to 1990, and again from 1993 to 1996. He served on the Auckland Council between 2010 and 2013, and is a member of the Labour Party.

Auckland Future

Auckland Future is a political ticket which runs for seats on the Auckland Council. It campaigned on a fiscally conservative platform. Auckland Future has announced that it will not be standing candidates in the 2019 local body elections.

In 2016, the then newly elected Mayor Phil Goff, appointed her as the deputy chairperson of the planning committee. [5]

Phil Goff New Zealand politician

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Member of Parliament

New Zealand Parliament
2017 present 52nd Maungakiekie 63 National

In 2017 she announced she would seek selection as the National Party's candidate for Maungakiekie at the 2017 general election. [6] On 7 March 2017 Lee was selected as National's candidate for Maungakiekie. [7] She was elected at the 2017 general election with a majority of almost 2000 votes. [8]

She resigned from her position as councillor for the Maungakiekie-Tāmaki ward, effective 12 October 2017, [9] triggering a by-election held on 17 February 2018.

In her maiden speech, Lee noted that the driving force behind her political career was the death of her son. [10] She said that;

Politics really did become personal for me then. A flick of the pen, the wording of an amendment, an exchange in this debating chamber—Parliament's processes affect everyday lives. [11]

When the 52nd Parliament opened, she was appointed as a member of the Education and Workforce select committee. [12]

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