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 National Party parliamentarian representing the Maungakiekie electorate since 2017. She was previously an Auckland Council local body councillor.


Early years

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

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.

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 stood for Auckland Future during the 2016 local elections, and was re-elected with an increased majority. [3]

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

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]


  1. "Daily progress for Tuesday, 7 November 2017". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  2. Dearnaley, Mathew (17 October 2013). "Newbie faces big workload". The New Zealand Herald . Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  3. 1 2 "Maungakiekie-Tamaki councillor changes name". Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  4. Priestley, Lauren (16 October 2013). "Krum aims to connect with 'real people'". . Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  5. "Auckland mayor Phil Goff announces his 'cabinet'". The New Zealand Herald . 20 October 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  6. "Auckland councillor to seek Maungakiekie nomination". The New Zealand Herald . 12 January 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  7. "Denise Lee elected by National as Maungakiekie candidate". The New Zealand Herald . 7 March 2017. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  8. Commission, New Zealand Electoral. "Election - Electorate Status". Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  9. "Resignations received from new MPs". Auckland Council. 13 October 2017. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  10. "Maungakiekie MP Denise Lee's emotional maiden speech". Newshub. 2017-11-14. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  11. "Hansard". NZ Hansard. 28 February 2018.
  12. "Lee, Denise" . Retrieved 2018-02-28.