Parmjeet Parmar

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Parmjeet Parmar

MP
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Member of the New Zealand Parliament
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Assumed office
20 September 2014
Personal details
Political party National
Spouse(s)Ravinder Parmar
Children2
Website http://www.parmjeetparmar.co.nz/
Alma mater University of Pune
University of Auckland (PhD)
Scientific career
FieldsBiochemistry, neuroscience
Thesis Neuroserpin regulates neurite outgrowth in AtT-20 and PC12 cell lines  (2003)

Kushmiita Parmjeet Kaur Parmar is an Indian-born-New Zealand politician who was elected to the New Zealand parliament at the 2014 general election as a representative of the New Zealand National Party.

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.

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.

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Early life

Parmar grew up in India where her father served in the Indian Air Force. She completed a masters in biochemistry in India and in 1995 moved to New Zealand to join her husband. In Auckland, she gained a PhD in neuroscience and worked as a scientist. She worked as a current affairs and talkback host in radio broadcasting, and accompanied former prime ministers Helen Clark and John Key on their official visits to India. The National Party appointed her to the board of the-then Families Commission in 2013. She entered Parliament as a National list MP in 2014. [1]

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Political career

New Zealand Parliament
YearsTermElectorateListParty
2014 2017 51st List48 National
2017 present 52nd List34 National

In early 2014, Parmar was photographed wearing a National Party ribbon with John Key at an Auckland event. This led to Labour MP Rajen Prasad to question whether it was appropriate for Parmar to remain as a commissioner for the Families Commission, fueled also by rumours of Parmar's potential of running as a candidate for the 2014 general election. [2]

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After originally contesting the National Party's Hunua selection, Parmar contested the Mount Roskill electorate at the 2014 election, placing second after Labour's Phil Goff. Ranked 48th on National's party list, she was elected as a list MP.

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In November 2015, it was revealed housing officials tried to hide Parmar's attempt to use a Government housing roadshow to raise her profile in the Mount Roskill area. [3]

Parmar contested the 2016 Mount Roskill by-election [4] on 3 December 2016, but she was unsuccessful with more than twice as many votes going to Labour's Michael Wood who won in a landslide victory. [5]

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References

  1. "Military upbringing aids National candidate Parmjeet Parmar's Roskill fight". The New Zealand Herald . 29 November 2016. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  2. "Families Commission questioned over political links". Stuff.co.nz. 12 March 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  3. "National MP busted 'trying to use taxpayer money for political campaigning'". The New Zealand Herald . 13 November 2015. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  4. Nicole Lawton (19 October 2016). "Parmjeet Parmar selected by National to contest the Mt Roskill by-election". Central Leader. Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  5. "Mt Roskill by-election: Labour candidate builds healthy lead". Radio New Zealand . 3 December 2016. Retrieved 3 December 2016.